Sewing instructions for large Geteld


1)      Hem the 2 short and one long side on all of the number 13 & 14.


2)      Sew two 15 & one 16 together with the yellow on the right and left and the white in the middle.  Hem one long side and two short sides of both sod cloth sections.


3)      Hem one long edge of 17 & 18.  Hem and add ties to 17 and 18, at the halfway point of both short edges, and on the short edge at the corner of the long edge that has been hemmed. Use the ties marked cap ties, which are light webbing


4)      Hem the 2 short edges of 7 & 8.  Along one long edge, hem and add ties starting at the bottom corner and then every 18 inches for 8 ties.  Use the ties marked door ties, which are twill tape.


5)      Sew sections 0 to section 1 along the 25-ft selvedge sides, with the chalk lines on the inside.


6)       Sew section 0 and 1 to section 2 along the 25-ft selvedge sides with 1 touching 2, with the chalk lines on the inside.


7)      Sew section 19 into the main body section 0, 1, &2.  Match the centerline on the main body with the centerline on 19.  We have chalked a line where the long edges of section 19 should line up, to help keep it straight.  We have left this a little long, cut it so that it is flush with the ends of the main body section.


8)      The next step is peg loops for the tent pegs on both bottom edges of the sewn together 0, 1&2 sections.  They are placed at each corner and in the middle of each main body section. (Every 2-½ feet). These anchors take all the stress. The loops are inserted between a fold of canvas from the main body and a fold of canvas from either 15 or 16, depending on colour. The loop needs to face downwards, so the stress is on the canvas and not pulling against the stitching.  This will also attach 15/15/16 to section 0, 1 and 2, matching colours. Make sure to leave enough space along the outside edges for seam allowance when attaching the bell ends, since 15 does not need to go into the seam for the bell.


9)      Sew section 7 to section 6, inserting door ties, every 18 inches, so that they are in line with the other ties already sewn on the other side of piece 7.  Also, make sure that the ties stay on the outside of the seam.


10)  Sew section 6 to section 5


11)  Sew section 5 to section 4.


12)  Sew section 4 to section 3.


13)  Sew in the peg loops, as in step 5, except use sections 3 – 6 and sod cloths 13 and 14.  There will be two loops per panel, placed at the seam of each triangle section and in the middle of each triangle. (Every 2-½ ft)


14)  Repeat steps 7 through 11, except use 8 to 9, 9 to 10, 10 to 11, and 11 to 12.


15)  You should now have 2 completed bell ends with weather flaps and ties, as well as sod cloth and peg loops and one main body section with sod cloth and peg loops.


16)  Fold over the top 8” of pieces 9-12, the bell end. The resulting triangle of canvas is folded over inside and stitched down. This not only finishes it off neatly, but also ads greater strength. This ‘hole’ at the top will allow the ridgepole to pass through the bell end. There needs to be enough of a hole to fit a 2 X 4 into it.


17)  Pin section 17 to section 0 so that the centerline of section 0 lines up with the centerline of 17 at the raw edge. This will get sewn into a rolled seam along with section 9 -12 in the next step.


18)  You now sew the bell ends onto the main canvas. Start at the bottom and line up the seams where the sod cloth is attached on pieces 0 and 12.  Tuck the top of section 12 under section 17, as this will be like a canopy sticking out the end.  The order of pieces should be 17, 12, then 0. Stop sewing once all of piece 17 is attached to piece 0.


19)  Repeat steps 14, 15, and 16 with the other bell end and other main body section and cap.


20)  Closure ties. These will go into the side opening edge seam of the 0 and 2 section that lifts up to form the awning. Because of variables in making seams, and the canvas stretching on the diagonal cut, we left this until the last. What we did was to lay out the geteld and use the already sewn on ties on the sections 7 and 8 as our measurement to ensure that they corresponded. One set of ties goes into the turned edge of the awning, (Piece 0, 1&2) whilst a corresponding set are sewn in 12" from this edge but on the inside of the awning (Piece 0, 1 &2).


21)  The last step is to sew the 2 weather flaps (7 & 8) to the main body of the tent (0, 1 & 2) at the top where the flaps line up, when flat, when the ties are closed. This may be easier if the tent is inside out.  Sew across the top of 7, sew down one side for 6 inches, back across the bottom, and back up the other side for 6 inches, making a rectangle. Repeat with piece 8.




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