Canvas tents are one of the most common tent options for campers mainly because they’re so durable and able to withstand adverse weather conditions. However, like any material, canvas will eventually wear down over time resulting in tears or holes that need repairs before it starts raining.
If you’ve noticed a hole or tear form in your canvas tent then follow our simple 3 step process below to patch the tent quickly and effectively!
3 Steps How To Patch A Canvas Tent
There are a number of ways to patch the canvas shell on your tent. The best way will depend largely upon what you’re trying to achieve and how much time or materials are available for repair.
So, let’s look at the most effective way to patch your tent in 3 simple steps to avoid having to continually fix the patched hole.
Step 1: Sew The Holes
The great thing about canvas is that you can easily sew it back together. Locate the hole in your tent and use a thread, awl (or other sewing tool) to make sure no more light leaks out.
Here’s everything you need to know on how to use the Speedy Stitcher sewing awl:
Step 2: Cut The Patches
After a torn seam, you will need to cover both sides of the material with canvas. This protects against further damage and makes sure that there aren’t any open areas where things like dirt or moisture can get in through tiny gaps between thread fibers.
Waterproof canvas is a great choice for the outer layer. You can get it in various sizes and shapes, so pick one that covers up any holes or tears completely. Make sure to round off all corners with patches too, squares tend not hold well at sharp angles where they may come loose over time.
Speedy stitcher sewing awl kit
Step 3: Apply The Patches
Tear Mender glue is a must-have for fixing any rips or tears in your tent. Apply the canvas patch to the inside of it, then use Tear Mender’s special fabric as an adhesive and fix both sides together so there are no gaps whatsoever.
First, clean and dry the area around where you would like to place your patch. Then apply glue onto bottom of tear, let sit for five minutes before placing over entire surface so that it can fully cure into place without pulling any hairs out in its process.
Now, we want to follow the same process for the outside patch.
Apply the glue to the bottom of your patch and carefully place it. Hold down until dry before moving on, making sure that you are steady with something in hand so as not damage any area near.
Once the glue has dried your canvas tent should be good to go.
Tear Mender glue
How Long Does It roughly Take To Patch A Canvas Tent?
There is no one-size fits all solution when it comes to patching a torn eardrum. For beginners, the whole process will take thirty minutes on average but with experience you may be able cut down that time significantly to under twenty in some cases.
Is it possible to Sew Small Tears And Rips Together?
The answer is yes! You can sew small holes together to make larger ones. First, start by finding the spot where you want your new bigger hole go. Next use some glue or sewing machine needle with thread in it as close to this area there isn’t another piece of material already sewn overlying it and voila: Your new seam will have no effect what so ever because those threads won’t interfere at all just be careful not let them overlap too much(in other words leave about 2 inches between each extra long stitch).
Do Iron-On Patches Work On Canvas?
Recently, iron-on options for canvas tents have been popping up.
However the technique of sewing and applying a patch is better since it provides more durability than just using heat to permanently fuse two surfaces together as was done in our ancestors’ days when fabric didn’t exist! Nowadays we sew holes closed before adhering another layer overtop so that there are no sharp edges pushing into your nylon material or mesh shelter floor (which can cause things like cuts).
By paying close attention at every step while keeping everything compacted down tightly with some extra thread tied off nearby if you need one later on this ensures against tearing any further.
Iron-on patchwork doesn’t compare, making it far more vulnerable to future damage in the same area of the tent.
How Should I Store My Tent To Avoid Rips And Tears?
Storing your tent in a safe place is important for its longevity. When putting the tent away, make sure it’s stored on an even surface and not near anything that may cause friction such as trees or rocks because this can result in tears from frequent movement of materials while being stored over time.
There are many concerns with tents, but if you let them get wet there’s so much more to worry about than just holes. Once mildew starts forming on the fabric it can cause major problems that will need immediate attention in order for your tent stay dry and clean.
if you do happen to notice mildew growing on your tent, check out our guide on how to clean a tent with mold to get it back to tip-top shape.
Is it Possible for Anyone Patch A Canvas Tent?
Yes, anyone can patch a canvas tent using our simple 3 step process. The first thing you need to know is that sewing should be practiced on cloth pieces at home before attempting this with an actual repair kit for your camping equipment because there are some small seams involved in the whole setup.