crappy doodle, represents 3 runs of fabric, going from left to right.
top is what I meant by tessellating the triangles.
- represents the “standard” way of doing the side walls, 8 3ft x fabric width panels.
- is an alternate way that means more fabric, but less sewing and fewer seams. One continuous strip 3 ft tall matching the circumference of the tent, simply put the zipper or opening on the edges. Good/bad you now have a long 2ft strip of fabric to turn into mukluks, anoraks, bags or what have you.
Alternately you could find a narrow width of canvas in a height you could live with and have practically zero cutting for the continuous wall, don’t be afraid to mix fabric types or colors, 2-tone tents look rad.
top view demonstrates what I was saying about alternating bias and straight of grain seams, If you don’t you will get some seams (bias to bias) that are pretty stretchy and some (straight to straight) that aren’t stretchy at all and it will give you hell every time you pitch it. Zipper is better if set into two straight seams (hard enough to get zippers to line up) but you can either fight the stretch, have one seam somewhere else on the tent be bias/bias to balance it out, or change to an odd number of panels.
blown up tent 1) shows continuous wall, build roof then sew on wall.
option 2) shows standard way, sew every wall panel to every roof panel and then sew each together.