1) Hem the 2 short and one long side on all of the number 13 & 14.
2) Sew one 15 & one 16 together with the yellow on the right and white on the left. Sew the other 15 & 16 together with the white on the right and the yellow on the left. 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) Sew together section 8, at 8A and 8B, and cut to 9 ft. 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 6 ties. Use the ties marked door ties, which are twill tape.
5) Sew sections 1 and 2 together along the 19-ft selvedge sides.
6) The next step is peg loops for the tent pegs on both bottom edges of the sewn together 1&2 sections. They are placed at each corner and in the middle of each main body section. (Every 2-1/2 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 and 16 to section 1 and 2, the colours should match. Make sure to leave enough space along the outside edges for seam allowance when attaching the bell ends, since 15 or 16 does not need to go into the seam for the bell.
7) 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.
8) Sew section 6 to section 5
9) Sew section 5 to section 4.
10) Sew section 4 to section 3.
11) Sew in the peg loops, as in step 5, except use sections 3 – 6 and sod cloths 13 and 14. There will only be one loop per panel, placed at the seam of each triangle section.
12) Repeat steps 6 through 10, except use 8 to 9, 9 to 10, 10 to 11, and 11 to 12.
13) 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.
14) Fold over the last 6” at the top 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.
15) Pin section 17 to section 1 so that the centerline of section 1 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.
16) 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 1 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 1. Stop sewing once all of piece 17 is attached to piece 1.
17) Repeat steps 14, 15, and 16 with the other bell end and other main body section and cap.
18) Closure ties. These go into the side opening edge seam of the 1 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 1&2) whilst a corresponding set are sewn in 12" from this edge but on the inside of the awning (Piece 1 &2).
19)The last step is to sew the 2 weather flaps (7 & 8) to the main body of the tent (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.
AT THIS POINT AND ALL BEING WELL YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR GETELD.
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