Here's a job I've been meaning to carry out for quite a while now.
I wanted to put a hole in the middle of my poncho liner so I could actually wear it under a poncho.
For me, cutting holes in things takes a little contemplation...
So after three years of thinking about it I decided to take the plunge.
So first thing I did was find the center of my proposed slot, folding the liner in half and then marking the center with a marker.
A 14 inch slot would suffice.
Marked up and ready for the scissors...
Here we go then...
I take the plunge and snip the slot with some sharp scissors.
Some big old ' Homeward bounders ' will keep the three layers of material together whilst I work .
Next I cut some tape that I could stitch over the cut edges.
Folded in half along it's length and tacked on.
The next decision was whether to sew by hand.... Ooooor....Get the machine out.
I wanted to get the job done fast so I went for the machine.
Here the tape is stitched on and I have added two short lengths of tape at each end to give some strength.
Plus four longer lengths of tape with which I can close the slot when using the liner as a blanket or sleeping bag.
Here's the liner tied into a U.S Army lightweight poncho.
And our wonderful model sporting the new spring look poncho...
I have always favoured kit that can be employed in more ways than one.
My new improved liner can now join some of my favourite equipment.
I guess the next job is to run a long zip around an end and two sides so I can make a nice snug sleeping bag.
Perhaps some other time...