How to Sew a Tent

Updated March 23, 2017

If you plan ro spend some time in the wilderness, it will help to put together a small tent-repair kit in the event your tent rips. You can also sew together fabric for a simple tent for children to use. Tent material needs to be sealed tightly, so if you have a sewing machine available, use it to make tight stitching for long-lasting tents and tent repairs.

Lay the tent flat on the ground or a table. Line up the tent material so the edges are even and there are no bumps in the pieces you are sewing together.

Use a needle and thread, or a sewing machine if it's available, to create a tight double stitch to sew the tent materials together, A double stitch is made automatically by a sewing machine, or manually by hand-stitching the material together by going back over every stitch you make with another stitch. Secure the end of your stitch with a knot once you have completed the section of the tent you want to sew.

Cover your newly stitched tent seams with a waterproof sealer. Allow the sealer to dry for at least 24 hours before exposing the tent seams to rain or snow.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Waterproof seam sealer
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Kim Fuller has been writing food and lifestyle features since 2007. She now lives in Vail, Colo., after spending one year traveling Europe. Fuller is a regular contributor to Gaiam Life, an online fitness and wellness publication. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado in Boulder.