Whenever we’re brainstorming new ideas, I try to put myself in the shoes of the DIYer. What problems are out there? What’s missing? How can we open up the DIY world to more folks?
One thing I’ve been thinking about is the DIY tarp. While it’s not the only one, a BIG roadblock for a lot of people is the layout and cut process. By layout and cut, I mean the task of laying out fabric, marking it, figuring out cat curves, cutting, etc.
With everything that’s involved, it can be intimidating, especially when you’re a newbie. You’ll either spend several hours struggling to figure it out, make a mistake and ruin the fabric, or maybe never even start the project because you don’t have the ROOM to lay things out in the first place. In varying amounts, I did all three when making my first cat-cut tarp about 5 years ago.
We tackled this problem in part with our tarp template series, but we wanted to take it a step further. Enter the Pre-Cut HEX12 Tarp Kit:
The idea here is simple. Instead of struggling for hours, chancing a mistake, or never starting your tarp project, let us do the cutting for you. We’ll precision cut both your tarp panels for a 12 foot ridgeline with 2″ cat-cuts. All you do is pull it out of the bag and start sewing.
To reduce cost and speed up order fulfillment, we want to have these pre-made and ready to ship. We’re starting with the original low-stretch 1.1 oz Silpoly in three colors – Moroccan Blue, Charcoal Gray, and Dark Olive. We picked these to start because they’re some of the more popular colors.
As a launch special for the PRE-CUT kits, we’re charging a whopping $0 for the cutting. That means that you can either buy our standard kit and cut tarp yourself, or you can have it done for you FREE OF CHARGE. We don’t have a date set when the price will go up, but when it does we will make it reasonable. Also note that we have a limited number of these to start. You can see our inventory right on the site for each color.
As always, open to feedback, suggestions, and questions. Hopefully this is the final straw for a lot of folks in taking the DIY plunge.