How to make a large storage case?

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I bought an inflatable water slide

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We don't have any place to leave it up, so will have to deflate and
store it. It came in a box about 2' x 2' x 1', which I could use,
except that I have not been able to get it down to even double that
size. It's worse than one of those compact raincoats. ;-)

The slide is made of vinyl. It's very think vinyl, but I don't want to
just toss it in a corner of the garage. I'm afraid that it will get
punctured or abraded. So, I think I need to make some kind of storage
/ carrying case that will protect it. This raises two questions: (1)
What type of fabric / material? and (2) What pattern?


(1) The fabric.

My first inclination is some type of canvas. Is there a canvas that is
light enough that it can be sewn on a home machine but is tough enough
to protect the water slide?

Is there something else that would be better?

Or will anything I can make at home be too light?


(2) The pattern.

Let's say that I can get the slide down to about 3' x 3' x 2'.

Left to my own devices, I would probably just buy enough fabric to
wrap it up (like a Christmas present) and tie it with a rope. If I
could find fabric that was at least 7' wide (3' plus 2' on each side),
I'd get a piece about 15' long, put the deflated slide on one end,
wrap or roll it up, and tie with a rope. The rope would serve as a
handle. I imagine that this might have a tendency to to come undone.

If I were making a case (without a pattern), I'd get three pieces: a
middle and two ends. The middle (the wrapper), would be about 3' x 12'
and the ends 3' x 2' each. I'd sew the ends to the middle on three
sides leaving a 3' x 2' opening with a 2-3' flap. The flap could be
secured with velcro or a rope.

It there a pattern I could get somewhere that would be better than
that?

I don't care much how it looks -- just that it works.

Re: How to make a large storage case?


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Why not just find a bigger box?
Say an appliance box, Range or refrigerator.

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Re: How to make a large storage case?
On Sat, 23 May 2009 03:52:16 -0700, Sesquipedalian Sam

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Buy a tarp -- no sewing needed.  

Joy Beeson
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Re: How to make a large storage case?
On Sat, 23 May 2009 20:39:04 -0400, Joy Beeson

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Do you mean just roll it up in the tarp and tie with a rope instead of
making a case? That has the advantage that it isn't size sensitive.
The thing is unweildy and difficult to fold up. I may not be able to
get it folded up in the same size and shape every time.

These guys have a lot of choices:

http://www.tarpsplus.com /

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