Repairing a Tear in a Tent

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Repair a tear in your tent.

Even a small tear can grow into a big problem when you are out in the wild and exposed to the elements. Fortunately, repairing a tear is simple. A few stitches can have your tent, or just about anything else with a tear, ship-shape in no time.

Edit Step 1 Sew a Ladder Stitch  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Sew a Ladder Stitch  ¶ 

  • Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end.

    • We're using contrasting thread for visibility, but when it comes time for your repair, you'll want to use matching thread.

  • Drive the needle from the back of the material, just before where the tear starts.

  • Pull the thread taut.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Take a small stitch, going in and out of the material, on one side of the tear only.

  • Pull the thread taut.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Take a small stitch, going in and out of the material, on the other side of the tear, directly opposite of the stitch you just took.

  • Pull the thread taut. This should cinch the material together.

  • If your material bunches, try taking smaller stitches, while ensuring that you line up the stitches on either side of the material.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Continue stitching, switching from side to side as described in step 2 and 3 of this guide, pulling the thread taut after each stitch.

  • Stitch until you come to the end of the tear.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • One the last stitch, drive the needle through both sides of the fabric, taking as small of a stitch as possible.

  • Slowly pull the thread. As you pull, a loop will form. Draw the needle through this loop, and pull the thread taut.

  • Repeat this step, taking a tiny stitch, drawing the needle through the loop, and pulling taut.

  • Ensure that the stitches are tight, and cut any excess threads.

For more information, check out the Tent device page.

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