Introduction

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.

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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.
  • 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.

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

  • Pull the thread taut.

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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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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