Homemade Tarp from Used Feed Bags

Make a homemade tarp by stitching together used feed bags.

Plastic Feed Bags

Large plastic bags, such as those used for livestock feed or bulk harvests, can be sewn together to make an upcycled tarp.

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Plastic feed bags need not be trashed; instead, they can be transformed into a homemade tarp. Save bags from livestock, cat or dog food until you have a good pile, cut to flatten, and then sew together with heavier coat thread. I recommend double-stitching for durability.

This makes a cheap and efficient homemade tarp that you can use to cover woodpiles, farm equipment and more.

Sarah Kyrie
Argyle, Wisconsin