How to Make a Bell Tent – An Inexpensive Home-Made Tent

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An Inexpensive Home-Made Tent

How to Make a Bell Tent

Excerpt from the book: THE BOY MECHANIC VOLUME I 700 THINGS FOR BOYS TO DO WITH 800 ILLUSTRATIONS 1913, BY H. H. WINDSOR CHICAGO POPULAR MECHANICS CO. PUBLISHERS

A bell tent is easily made and is nice for lawns, as well as for a boy’s camping outfit.

The illustrations show a plan of a tent 14-ft. in diameter.

To make such a tent, procure unbleached tent duck, which is the very best material for the purpose, says the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Make 22 sections, shaped like Fig. 3, each 10 ft. 6 in. long and 2 ft. 2 in. wide at the bottom, tapering in a straight line to a point at the top. These dimensions allow for the laid or lapped seams, which should be double-stitched on a machine.

The last seam sew only for a distance of 4 ft. from the top, leaving the rest for an opening.

At the end of this seam stitch on an extra gusset piece so that it will not rip. Fold back the edges of the opening and the bottom edge of the bell-shaped cover and bind it with wide webbing, 3 in. across and having eyelets at the seams for attaching the stay ropes.

Near the apex of the cover cut three triangular holes 8 in. long and 4 in. wide at the bottom and hem the edges.

These are ventilators.

Make the tent wall of the same kind of cloth 2 ft. 2 in. high.

Bind it at the upper edge with webbing and at the bottom with canvas.

Also, stitch on coarse canvas 6 in. wide at the bottom, and the space between the ground and the wall when the tent is raised, fill with canvas edging.

How to make a bell tent Fig 1,2

Stitch the upper edge of the wall firmly to the bell cover at the point indicated by the dotted line, Fig. 2.

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