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Ski & Snowboard, Tarpestry Style

Pack a Tarpestry on your next ski or snowboarding trip! It’s the perfect companion for all things wet, snowy, and gnarly.

When you get to the parking lot, it’s time to put on those snow pants and ski or snowboard boots. Lay a Rugged Tarpestry on the snowy ground for a dry boot change and gear up. No more hopping on one foot with the risk of the dreaded wet-sock!

Pack a lightweight Mini Tarpestry in your backpack and hit the ski lift. Shred the gnar and pull the Mini out for your backwoods break time in the warming hut. Keep your ski bum dry.  When your day on the mountain is complete, pull out the Tarpestry once again for ski boot change.  Afterwards, lay it down in the back of the car – water-repellent side up!  This will protect your car from wet snow drips.

Ready to make your powder days on the ski mountain even more epic? Shop here.

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Universal Shaman by Jeff Wood

Meet the newest member of our Artist Series: Universal Shaman!  This native-inspired work of art is designed by legendary artist Jeff Wood.  The original artwork was featured on Widespread Panic’s 2011 Red Rocks show poster.  Universal Shaman is our second collaboration with Jeff Wood.  A few years ago we made a run of Tarpestrys from his “Red Hot Mama” design.  

The Tarpestrys from our “Artist Series” are the ultimate in quality thanks to the upper fabric.  We take high resolution images of artist’s designs and have them digitally printed on sturdy poplin (poly/cotton blend) fabric.  This printing process creates a UV/fade resistant fabric that will last for years and years.  Add that to our weather-resistant base and you have the ultimate Tarpestry!

The Universal Shaman won’t last long, shop now!

Earth Day

We like to treat every day like Earth Day at Tarpestry!  We work hard to have an eco-conscious and sustainable business and are always brainstorming ways to be better – because we love the Earth! We’re super fans of playing in nature, whether in the woods, at the beach or just taking a stroll through a city park.  There’s symbiosis between us humans and the Earth and getting out there and being in nature helps us to understand the true connection.  

For this Earth Day we plan to celebrate by getting out into nature and enjoying it’s splendor.  We often take a Classic Tarpestry out into the woods and find a nice quiet place to sit and watch and listen.  What starts as a quiet sit in the woods is soon filled with chirps of the birds, rustling of the leaves, and other wildlife scurrying around.  Laying down and closing our eyes next to a stream is one of the most comforting feelings we have found.  So, this Earth Day to we invite you to join us by taking your Tarpestry out into nature to reconnect with the Earth!

See our Sustainability page to learn how we are striving do our best for the Earth.

Tarpestry Tour: MerleFest

We’re excited to be headed back to one of the oldest and premier music festivals in the country – MerleFest!  April 27th – April 30th.  This will be our second year vending at Merlefest and we can’t wait to be back to see the kind folks and great pickin’ once again! Last year our favorite shows were: John Prine, The Waybacks, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, Dave Rawlings Machine, and Love Canon…just to name a few.

It usually rains during the weekend of Merlefest and you know what that means…soggy, wet grass.  So make sure to bring your Rugged Tarpestry our come swing by our booth and pick one up!  You can wear it like a poncho when the storm hits in the middle of your favorite show.  Then lay it down on the lawn for a dry seat.  If you’re headed to MerleFest, please stop by our booth and say hi!

Want to know where else we will be this summer?  See our schedule here!

Bike With Tarpestry

Are you a biker?  Yes, that means bicycle and all types of motor bikes!  The Tarpestry can be a great asset to the bike lover in many ways.  Let’s start with bicycles.  Tarpestrys are great for long road trips because you can pull it out of your pack for an anywhere picnic!  If a big storm appears on the horizon you can take cover with your bike under your Tarpestry.  The Mini Tarpestry is great to have on hand if you’re leaving your bike out in the rain. Cover your bike seat with it so you can come back to a dry seat.

Into dirt biking?  You can get some good use with the Tarpestry in additional ways.  Maybe you take a few friends to the dirt track with you who just want to watch.  Set them up with a sweet Rugged Tarpestry to sit on! The Tarpestry is your best friend if you have a muddy day on the track.  Lay your it down in the back of your car with the water repellent side up and pile your dirty gear on top.  Your Tarpestry is tough and the water repellent side is easy to clean once you get home!

Do you enjoy riding a motorcycle through the curvy mountain roads to find peace of mind?  Although you may be traveling longer distances at higher speeds than bicycles, the Tarpestry can come in handy in similar ways.  The Tarpestry rolls up nicely and can be stored in a saddle bag very easily.  Pull it out at one of the pull offs on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a picturesque view and some lunch!  Maybe you like to take your bike to remote camp spots but are wary of rogue storms.  Use your Rugged Tarpestry to cover your bike to keep it dry to ride for the next day’s adventure!


Tarpestry Festival Tour 2017

It’s our favorite time of year again – music festival season!  Every Spring through Fall we hit the road and set up our traveling booth across the country.  We have a great lineup this year, concentrating mostly on the East Coast but heading out West for Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Tarpestrys are the perfect companion for music festivals because you can use it at camp AND take it to shows!  If you’re headed to any of these festivals please stop by our booth and say hi!

       
April 27th – April 30th MerleFest Wilkesboro, nc    
   
May 19th – May 20th Hidden in the Hollow Festival Butler, TN    
   
May 25th – May 28th DelFest Cumberland, MD    
   
June 15th – June 18th Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, CO    
   
July 27th – July 30th FloydFest Floyd, VA    

We will add more festivals in a month or two, so check our Tarpestry Tour page for updates.

 

Tarpestry-Cycle Campaign

Protecting the environment is a number one priority for us and we are always striving to do better.   Tarpestrys help eliminate single use plastic tarps bound for the landfill – instead of buying a tarp for a one-time outing, Tarpestrys can be used for years!  But we started thinking about the actual life cycle of a Tarpestry.  Even though they are durable and made to last, the Tarpestry too has a shelf life.  That got our brains working about how could we extend the life of the Tarpestry even more and prevent them from heading to the landfill.  We came up with a great plan that works for us with an added benefit for all Tarpestry owners.  We are proud to introduce our Tarpestry-Cycle Campaign!

Ready to retire your well-loved Tarpestry and trade up for a newer model? Save the landfill and your bank account by sending your beloved to us – we will recycle and repurpose it! When we receive the Tarpestry we will send a 25% off coupon code.  We will re-purpose the old materials (when possible) into a variety of handy items like tote bags, dog bed stuffing and more.  More importantly, you will be saving your Tarpestry from the landfill and 25% off your next Tarpestry purchase!  We want to keep Mother Nature as clean as possible and we think this is a small action we can all take to make a big difference.  A win for everyone!

Learn more about our Tarpestry-Cycle program here.

Tarpestry and Sustainability

Since conception of the Tarpestry business our number one goal is to be a sustainable and eco-friendly company. Because alongside taking pleasure in the environment there have to be provisions to protect it. That is why we are dedicated to incorporating sustainable components in all aspects of business and life.  Here are a few examples of what we are doing:

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS

  • Tarpestrys are hand made in Boone, NC, where we live and run all aspects of the business.  Local manufacturing reduces transportation as well as freight oil and gas consumption.   Producing our product locally is very important to us as we believe it enriches our community and local economy.

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RECYCLE & REPURPOSE

  • We recycle or repurpose all shipping materials, cardboard, paper and plastics. We encourage you to do the same with our shipped order materials!

GREEN PACKAGING MATERIALS

  • Tarpestrys are packaged with biodegradable thistle and paper. For shipping orders, Tarpestrys are wrapped with paper instead of plastic.

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Guest Blog: Spring Hiking + The Mini

Guest Blogger: Amanda Swartzbaugh

Ahh, the tease of warm weather in late Winter and early Spring! When you get that sweet taste of what Mother Nature is about to unfold. What do you do when gifted a warm day in midst of (typically) the coldest time of year? Well, if you’re a vitamin-d-loving-eager-beaver-adventurer like me, you throw on your hiking boots, grab your backpack and a Mini Tarpestry and head to the mountains. Full disclosure, I am fortunate to live in Colorado where The Rockies are my playground and I try to take advantage of that as much as I possibly can.

I recently got to enjoy one of these sunshiny days and it’s still true – there is nothing that makes me happier than being outside. And, as much as I love the Classic Tarpestry for practically anything I do outside, I have to brag on the Mini for a minute because it is quickly becoming my new go-to.

Here’s the deal – if you really want to spend your day enjoying the great outdoors, you don’t want to haul around a lot of extra weight or gear. Trust me, after just a couple of hours of “moderate” Colorado hiking….continue reading.

Spring Cleaning Sale

Spring is here and so is our annual “Spring Cleaning Sale”!  March is a great time to start planning your outdoor trips for the year.  Lock in those dates for music festivals and camping and beach trips. You will need Tarpestry to up the comfort ante on these trips – so shop our sale.  Tarpestry also makes the best presents!  Plan your gifts for weddings, birthdays and graduations that are coming up fast.  The Spring Cleaning Sale runs March 20-27 so take advantage while you can (Shaman Tarpestry not included). Get your Tarpestry today and get outside for an adventure! Shop the sale here.

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From Colorado to Carolina

Ted and I spent 8 amazing and transformative years in Denver, Colorado.  During that time we started the Tarpestry business, got married, explored Colorado and traveled across the country on festival tours.  All Tarpestrys were made locally at Stryker By Design – a manufacturing company right outside of Denver.  After a few years of deliberation we decided to move back to the Blue Ridge Mountains in our home state of North Carolina.  

In late 2015 we packed ourselves and the business and moved to a family farm outside of Boone, NC.  We set up our office in a beautiful old barn and set out to find a local manufacturer.  We lucked out and stumbled upon Tsuga, a company that designs and produces quality outdoor products and bags.  In early 2017, Tsuga completed the first Tarpestry line of the year.

We are proud of our Colorado roots and are excited for our future in the mountains of Appalachia.  Tarpestry is officially….Built in the Blue Ridge.

To learn more about our origins, see the Tarpestry Story!

Custom Tarpestry

The wonderful world of Tarpestry just got way more fun…you can have any* image you want on a Tarpestry! If you love your dog’s face, put their photo on a Tarpestry. If you have your own artwork, put it on a Tarpestry. We can have any high resolution image digitally printed on top quality fabric. These custom Tarpestrys are great marketing/promotional items and great merchandise. This is a prime opportunity for artists, bands, festivals and businesses. Put your design or logo on a Tarpestry!

Leftover Salmon had us make a Tarpestry of their Album cover for their merch. Northwest String Summit created a Tarpestry with their logo which sold out the weekend of the festival!  We’ve also done a few collaborations with artists. Isadora Bullock, Ryan Kerrigan and Kind Design had Tarpestrys made of their designs.

What will you put on your Tarpestry? See this page for more info!

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Meet Gypsy

Gyp·sy /ˈjipsē/ :  a nomadic or free-spirited person.

We’ve just released a brand new design to our Classic collection: “Gypsy”. The upper layer of this Tarpestry features a soft 100% cotton fabric.  This Tarpestry is the perfect traveling companion because it can be used as a tarp for camping, a blanket and a comfortable seat to share. The mandala design brings out your inner gypsy with funky shapes and colors. To see all the ways we love the Classic style, see our blog post.

Pack this Tarpestry on your next gypsy journey!

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Tarpestry Toes

This year we are running a photo contest called “Tarpestry Toes”.  Photos that are submitted for the contest will be featured on the website and/or social media and the winner will get a Tarpestry of their choosing!  The rules are pretty simple: submit pictures via social media or our website that include your Tarpestry, your toes and your view.  We are open to as many submissions as you want to send.  In October we will pick the top 5 Team Tarpestry favorites for the general public to vote on.  The submission with the most votes at the end of the allotted time will be our Tarpestry Toes Winner!  So take your toes to your favorite spot with your Tarpestry, get creative, and start snapping epic pictures.

How to rock the holidays with Tarpestry

Baby, it’s cold outside! The fire is going in the fireplace and you’ve stashed your Tarpestry away to be ready for next camping season…  Wait, what? You don’t need to put your Tarpestry away for the winter!  Here are a few ideas for using your Tarpestry this holiday season:

Use your Classic Tarpestry for your Christmas tree skirt and wrap the base of your tree in style.  Not only will your presents be placed on beautiful fabric, but your hardwoods will be protected from water drips.

Take your Tarpestry on your next sledding adventure!  Park the Tarpestry at the top of the hill for breaks without wet bums. Plus, you can add your arsenal of snowballs to your Tarpestry and move them to the best firing locations.  The Rugged Style is best because it gives double the water-repellency!

Feeling a draft?  We know from experience that it is no fun to have a fire in the fireplace,only to feel a draft of cold air streaming in from a crack in the door or windows.  Brrrr!  We have very effectively used a Tarpestry to cover a window or door and reduce the cold air creep.  It really helps!

Other fun ways you can use your Tarpestry this holiday season include but certainly aren’t limited to:  seat around the outdoor bonfire, guest air mattress cover (a nice buffer from the cold air), cover for the firewood, firewood transport, buffer in the car for wet gear and so much more!

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Make Someone Happy!

We have seen our share of elated faces over the years – pictures of people opening their brand new Tarpestry presents.  We agree! Tarpestry makes an excellent gift for anytime of the year but especially during the holiday seasons. That’s because anyone can use it, practically anywhere!  They can use their gift in the park for picnics, on the beach, at lawn concerts, and more.  

We have heard people say that the Tarpestry was their favorite gift over the holidays!  But shhh we aren’t supposed to tell anyone.  So let the snow fall, and let the smiles appear on your loved ones faces this Christmas when you all sit around the tree together and they open their Tarpestry.  So go on, make someone happy, and give them the gift of adventure!

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Holiday Gifting: The Perfect Match

It’s hard to pick out certain gifts for people – jewelry, clothing, books and definitely Tarpestrys. There are different styles of Tarpestry with tons of design options so it’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing the perfect gift. After watching people choose their favorites at festivals for six years, we have the inside scoop for matching personality types to designs. We’re not psychic…but it’s a good starting point. Plus we offer exchanges, just in case.

For the Athletic Person
For this person, functionality takes precedence. We recommend the Rugged ‘Harvest’ design. Earthy colors hide the dirt and it’s paired with our tougher Rugged style that can withstand a more rigorous lifestyle.

For the Introvert
We are thinking of the quiet picnicker or casual book reader on your list. The Classic ‘Moon Garden’ design is a good fit. Although it has a complex design it is easier on the eyes, plus the Classic style has the cotton upper for comfort.

For the Creative Person
For the person who is always thinking outside the box and wanting to create. We match them with the Artist Edition options of ‘Black Canyon’ or ‘Instruments’ because of the pure artistic power put into these designs.

For the Playful Person
The whimsical type that has a go-with-the-flow mentality. Any of our Classic 3-D designs are a good fit for the playful person. They come with 3-D glasses for hours of play!

For the Practical Person
We get this question in our booth at every festival: “What is the best Tarpestry?”. We go with the Fleece every time. The fleece packs a bit larger, however it is warmer and thicker than the other styles. It’s practically perfect!

For Everyone
Tarpestry Gift Cards!

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Holiday Gift Guide

As you plan your holiday shopping for this year, think about including small businesses!  Supporting artisans is a wonderful way to sustain local communities AND you can find really unique gifts!  

When we travel to music festivals during the summer we love meeting the other vendors and checking out their crafts.  These vendors are incredibly talented people who support themselves and their families through their small businesses.  They offer handmade clothing and jewelry, artwork, pottery and crafts as well as outdoor goods.  The products are always high quality and one-of-a-kind.

So when you’re looking for the perfect present, don’t forget to start with local and/or small businesses.  We promise, you’ll find something they’ve never seen!

Here are some of our very favorite small businesses and the crafts they offer:

Super Rad Cape Co. – unique handmade capes for all ages!

Shakedown Goods – a collection of artist-made goods

Mandala Dyes – hand tied and dyed in Colorado

Dope Soap on a Rope – hand crafted soap with hemp oil

Apsarajewelry & Textiles from Past & Present

Peak to Peak Batiks – batik clothing and wall hangings handmade in Colorado

Hooked Productions – sustainable and eco friendly clothing

Colorado Kaleidoscope Company – handmade kaleidoscopes

Feather Flies & Humble Bee Botanicals  – hand crafted with love in Colorado

Jessica Lee Designsfine hand crafted heirloom jewelry

100 Mics – clothing, jewelry and accessories

Radiant Shade – handmade clothing

Synergy Organic Clothing – organic women’s clothing

Legalize Pot Belly Pigs Co. – environmentally conscious gear

Vaughan’s Glassworks – glass blower in Asheville, NC

Brendan White Jewelry – hand crafted in Colorado

Loki Colorado – outdoor gear

 

For the art enthusiast on your list:

Kind Designs By Valentine

Tripps Prints

Phil Lewis Art

The Art of Ryan Kerrigan

The Art of Isadora Bullock

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Why Choose Classic

The “Classic” is our most popular Tarpestry style.  It has a soft 100% cotton top fabric and a durable, water-repellent and UV resistant base fabric.  The cotton fabric is hand silk-screen printed with unique designs.

Team Tarpestry loves the Classic style for picnics, outdoor concerts, camping, in the car and the back yard.  Put your Tarpestry down in the park and lay out your spread of cheese and wine (or fried chicken and PBR). Be sure to bring a set of tent stakes so your Tarpestry stays down in the wind. If the rain comes, pile your stuff on the Tarpestry and flip the sides over the pile so it stays nice and dry…or throw it over your head and use it as a poncho!  If the sun starts to wear you out, use the grommet rings to hang up the Tarpestry for instant shade.  

If you’re ready to keep it Classic, check out our designs here.


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Picnic With Tarpestry!

The picnic.  The quintessential time that we all need a blanket of some sort.  So many times in the past we have used a bed sheet/tapestry or a quilted blanket on the lawn…which is how the idea of Tarpestry came about in the first place!  The sheets and quilts end up getting wet from the dew on the grass or from a spilled drink, and the grass and burs always stick to them.  After many a wet butt and a blanket covered in goose poop we created the Tarpestry to take care of the picnic pitfalls.

You may wonder what makes Tarpestry so much better for picnics than other outdoor blankets?  For starters, the company has been built from the ground up by Carrie and Ted – a husband and wife team.  All Tarpestrys are made in Colorado because made from the U.S. is very important to us. Also, the Tarpestry features grommet rings! If it’s windy or you find yourself on a sloped hill for your picnic you can stake this blanket into the ground so it will stay put whether you are on it or not. And if you find yourself in an unexpected rainstorm you can throw the Tarpestry overhead to keep dry.  Last but not least when you take out a Tarpestry for your picnic you are taking with you a piece of art.  You can sit on an artistic design instead of a plastic blue tarp or plaid blanket.  The Tarpestry has many other uses that you will soon find out about when you take yours out on your next picnic. So break out your cheese and wine and your Tarpestry, it’s picnic season!

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Mother’s Day, Tarpestry Style

For Mother’s Day this year surprise the mom in your life with a Tarpestry of her own!  Maybe your magnificent mama is an avid adventurer or maybe she likes to lounge in the yard. Either way we think it’s safe to say that she will LOVE this gift.

Let’s break down the perfect mother’s day experience.  You call mom and tell her you would like to take her out to eat.  She might be thinking, oh a nice restaurant with the family how nice.  Well surprise!  It turns out you have organized a picnic with her favorite meal and some delicious dessert.  You take her to the local park or picnic area and lay down a brand new Tarpestry in the grass, set up the food and have a nice relaxing time with mom.  She mentions how neat this blanket is that you brought.  Well here’s the kicker.  When you’re all done and ready to head home fold up the new Tarpestry nice and neat and tell her that you actually bought it for her. Not only did you want her to have a Tarpestry, but also a wonderful day to remember every time she uses her Tarpestry again.  You’re basically the best child in the universe.  

Now this is how you have Mother’s Day, Tarpestry style!

Love, Team Tarpestry

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Valentine’s Day Red Sale

What color does everyone think of during Valentine’s day? RED. And for good reason as the crimson color symbolizes passion and love. It’s for this reason that we will discount all red Tarpestrys for our Valentine’s day sale this year. ANY Tarpestry that has red in the design will be 20% off!  

We will have Classic, Rugged, Mini and Dog Duvet Cover Tarpestrys included in the sale. Some popular designs that will be featured in the Valentine’s Day Red Sale include: Scarlet>Fire , Paisley, Tree of Life Bright, Spiral Bear, Confetti and Sangria Dog Duvet Covers.  Check out all of the others that are on sale by browsing our site.

So if you want to really impress your love this year on Valentine’s day check out our “Red Sale”.  Don’t procrastinate because Valentine’s day is coming up soon! Sale ends after Valentine’s day.

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Tarpestry Care: How To Strap

So you’ve mastered the Tarpestry fold & roll – bravo! Now you’re ready to pack your Tarpestry for the road!  (If you haven’t mastered the roll, see this blog post for simple instructions.)

They seem small enough, but Tarpestrys are a heavy duty three and a half pounds! Carrying this load under your arm or in your hand all the way from camp to main stage can become a serious upper arm workout.  Well suffer no longer, friends, because Team Tarpestry is here to help!

All you need is a Tarpestry strap.  Transfer that weight to your strong shoulders and free up your arms and hands for important stuff…like beer.

Here’s the method:

  1. Line up the buckles, tails out in the same direction.
  2. Unclip your first buckle and clip around one side of the Tarpestry roll.  Pull it tight.
  3. Line up the tabs on top so the strap is not twisted.
  4. Unclip your second buckle and clip around the other side of the Tarpestry roll.  Pull it tight.
  5. Loosen the strap for a crossbody carry or tighten for an underarm carry.

For the visual folks, a superb video:

Ready to take the leap? Shop here.

Tarpestry Care: How to Fold

Your Tarpestry arrives in the mail – it’s perfectly folded in perfect form in it’s perfect little box. You can’t wait to see the design so you untie the rope and spread it open on your living room floor. You admire your Tarpestry in all of it’s splendor. Maybe your new Tarpestry is one of the lucky 3D designs and you put on your 3D glasses and get lost for a while.  Maybe you take a nap. Eventually you come back to the world and need to roll up the Tarpestry again. You start to fold it based on the existing fold lines – much like putting a map back together.  And with similar results, it is not perfectly folded in perfect form and you ask yourself “how did this EVER fit inside that tiny box??”.  Well suffer no longer, friends, because Team Tarpestry is here to help!  This is an easy fold/roll and once you know it…you know it.

Here’s the method:

  1. Fold once, hamburger style, grommet to grommet. For those of you who missed out on this in first grade – hamburger style is folding in half to get a square-ish fold instead of a long skinny fold (hot dog style).
  2. Same fold again, in half, same direction.
  3. Same fold one more time, in half, same direction.
  4. Flatten and smooth it out.
  5. Roll it up, nice and tight.

For the visual folks, a super professional video:

Why Choose Fleece Tarpestry

The less known style in the Tarpestry family (and the Team Tarpestry favorite) is the warm and cozy Fleece. The Fleece Style is made of a solid color velour plush fleece and come with all the standard Tarpestry features including the pocket, grommet rings, and water-repellent backing. But don’t let the solid color fool you, this Tarpestry packs a punch!

Praised for its warmth and comfort, the Fleece is the perfect companion for any chilly weather activity. Leave a Fleece Tarpestry in the car for impromptu pit stops and for a warm poncho in a cold rainy predicament. Kids love the softness of the Fleece, which provides a bit more of a “cushion” than the other styles. The Fleece Style is also perfect for outdoor sporting events – protect your tush from cold bleachers and wrap yourself in warmth!

But, the most magical use for the Fleece is outdoor camping, whether it be tent, car, yurt or teepee.

Team Tarpestry does a lot of camping and this Tarpestry makes sleeping outside a true luxury.  Have you ever wondered why you get so cold when sleeping on an air mattress?  The cold air creeps right up through the air mattress – straight through your sheets and into your warm zone. Well the Fleece Tarpestry is your new best friend! Here’s the method: Put one Fleece Tapestry on top of your air mat or sleeping pad, fleece side up. Then make your bed per usual but top it off with another Fleece Tarpestry, fleece side down. The Tarpestry on the bottom keeps cold air from creeping up into your warm zone.  The Tarpestry on the top seals in the warmth while the tarp side keeps you dry from tent drips. Voila!

If you’re ready to take the Tarpestry Life to the next level, shop the Fleece here!

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Tarpestry (and more!)

Maybe you’ve just discovered Tarpestry…or you are already a proud owner and want to know so much more!  Well hold on to your hats because you are about to become a wizard in the realm of Tarpestry.  (More of a long-story-short person? See this page instead.)

This product’s purpose is to be a durable outdoor blanket with a beautiful design on one side.  In simple terms, a Tarpestry is a “tarp” and a tapestry put together.  It is a weather-resistant outdoor blanket that puts a layer between you and nature, with style.  Seems simple enough, but don’t let this short explanation limit what you think a Tarpestry is capable of!

The base fabric is the tarp portion of the Tarpestry, a urethane-coated and heavy duty polyester (similar to duffle bag material). This is the buffer from the occasional unpleasantries, providing water repellency and UV protection.  This side of the Tarpestry goes down on the damp or dirty ground – protect those tushies!  You can also tie this side up for protection from the sun and rain…even wear it as a poncho!  These things are known “lifesavers” from sudden downpours and blistering sun.

The upper fabric comes in a variety of fabric options – differentiated by the name of style.  The options are Classic, Rugged and Fleece.

Our most popular style of Tarpestry is the Classic Style.  This option has beautifully designed 100% cotton fabric and is much softer than the base fabric – perfect for lounging on.  The fabric is hand silk-screen printed with vegetable dyes.  Because of unique layering of the dyes, the Classic Style has 3-D options! That’s right, some Classic Style Tarpestry designs come with a pair of 3-D glasses and, trust us, they are f.u.n.!

Another fabric option is the Rugged Style Tarpestry and this style is true to it’s namesake.  The fabric is a water-repellent and UV resistant polyester – just like our base fabric but a bit softer. The Rugged Style Tarpestry is built for adventure. Take them to the beach or on river and lake excursions because this Rugged Style will repel water and are quick to dry.  The Rugged is also built for famous beverage spillers – children, adults, we don’t judge! This style is so hardcore we’ve made our Dog Duvet Covers with the same fabric.

The third Style is our Fleece with a soft and cushy velour fleece top fabric. This style is, hands down, the Team Tarpestry favorite.  We do a lot of camping and this Tarpestry makes sleeping outside a true luxury.  Here’s the method: Put one Fleece Tapestry on top of your air mat or sleeping pad, fleece side up. Then make your bed per usual but top it off with another Fleece Tarpestry, fleece side down. The Tarpestry on the bottom keeps cold air from creeping up into your warm zone.  The Tarpestry on the top seals in the warmth while the tarp side keeps you dry from tent drips. Voila! The Fleece Style is also perfect for outdoor sporting events – protect your tush from cold bleachers and wrap yourself in warmth!

So, water-repellent backing and beautiful top fabric for your outdoor blanket.  Sounds great right?  Well brace yourself, the Tarpestry takes it a step further.  We add metal grommet rings to the corners of each Tarpestry – with the option of customizing with more.  Rope the Tarpestry up for privacy and sun/rain/wind protection and stake the Tarpestry down in the grass or sand when windy.  These little metal rings are essential for multiplying the practicality of the Tarpestry.  Additionally, each Tarpestry has a corner velcro pocket for storing the small necessities for your adventure. Think sunscreen, snacks, and the car keys that always vanish at dusk.

Well that’s a Tarpestry in a nutshell!  This is a robust product that will be sure to enhance your outdoor experience – whether you are picnicking or going on a grand adventure!  Pack a Tarpestry next time you head out on your excursion to see what it can do for you.

Still want more? Head on over to the Tarpestry Story page to learn about our origins.

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Tarpestry Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner and we’re here to help! Not sure which Tarpestry to buy that special someone on your list? Use this gift guide to match the perfect Tarpestry to the perfect person this year.

Classic Tarpestry – For the concert-goers, the picnic-ers and the back yard-ers. For those who love to lounge. Built with a cotton topside, comfort is king with the Classic Style. An amazing companion for music festivals, camping trips and days at the park. For those with an aesthetic eye, the Classic Style features the best variety of designs and colors.

Rugged Tarpestry – For the adventurers, the beachgoers, the sporters and chronic spillers. For those who need that little extra. With UV protection and dual water-repellent sides, the Rugged Style holds off water and is quick to dry. Perfect for beach, lake and river trips. Added bonus, this style makes for easy cleanup of spilled drinks, mud, or any other wet and dirty mishaps.

Mini Tarpestry – For the hikers, the skier/snowboarders, the parents. Made as a smaller Rugged style, the Mini is a great companion for day hikes, ski trips and for those with young ones. The mini appeals to the solo adventurer, who likes to travel far with a light load.  The perfect size for a personal nap or perhaps even a napsack!

Fleece Tarpestry – For the cold campers, the fall sports-goers, and the cozy and comfy ones. Fleece Tarpestry is for those who don’t mind the bulk but really love the warmth. This style is, hands down, the Team Tarpestry favorite. We love putting one on top of our air mattress, and another on top of our sleeping bag. This method seals in the warmth and keeps the dew off. Also recommended for those who frequent cold, wet bleachers at outdoor sporting events!

Enhance the gift with Tarpestry Supplies!

Tarpestry Strap –  A Tarpestry owner’s best friend. Roll up the Tarpestry and throw it over your shoulder. Also doubles as a yoga strap!

3D Glasses – A wise addition for any gift including a 3D Tarpestry.  Hard Plastic 3D glasses last much longer and can make for a fun experience wherever you lay your Tarpestry.

LED Stakes – Tent pegs with LED lights!  Stake the Tarpestry down in the field and find home-base at night.  Take it back to camp for your tent. A Festivarian’s dream accessory – avoid tripping over your tent line spiderwebs at night.  

Adventure Pack – 4 steel stakes, 50’ rope, 4 bungee hooks.  The perfect Tarpestry accessory package for the perfect Tarpestry camp configurations!

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