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Questions about making tent/poncho and using grommets/metal snaps  RSS feed

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Not sure what section this should be in, but I am planning to make a poncho and maybe a tarp out of some 1.45 oz ripstop nylon material that I got a good deal on.

I think that material should be suitable, it is certainly lighter weight than most  "high quality" ponchos and such but the weight is the main factor for me. I bought a Swiss Military Poncho a while ago and that thing is so darn heavy I hate to wear it, much less carry the thing and I want to make some stuff for a get-home-bag. Also keep a plastic painters tarp in the car for emergency shelter but it is too heavy as well.

Does anyone have experience sewing lightweight tents? Or using grommets/metal snaps
(the kind that snap on with a fastener, not sew on). Looking to get 1/2" grommets with a tool, and 12.5 inch snap with a tool for a poncho; and maybe for some waterproof bags and dog jackets. Also buying some black paracord to make drawstrings for the bags, hoodie etc....

I have never bought or used grommets/metal snaps and don't want to waste money ordering the wrong stuff/size, then never having a use for it.
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A good grommet kit comes with the setting tool and anvil. Brass is the best and to size them you need to know what diameter rope or cordage you will be using the most with it.
1/2" grommets are the Norm. For grommets and snaps you're best store types are leather stores, like Tandy Leather, they even have an online store.

The real trick to good grommet setting is to have multiple layers, this adds body to the grommet area as well as helping prevent tear out under a load. (I like to have at least 4 layers if I am only using the tarp fabric)

If you have a leather crafters store nearby, it is worth the trip for the first time you buy these items, they can really help you choose the right items and give you some instruction on how to properly set the grommets and snaps.

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