Here is a closer look at how I make the Parachutes.
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If you have questions just ask and I will help in
any way I can.
ENJOY YOUR VISIT!
PLEASE NOTE: This parachute was built to be flown
during the taping of a TV
program that aired on channel 13 out of Tampa
Friday March 8, 2002.
Here are a few of the colors I use often.
The first thing to do is pick a top and bottom panel
color and cut each to the proper size and starting in the center place lines
down both panels every 3 5/8".
If you want to use more than one color for the top
or bottom panel just stitch the colors together and then cut the panels to size.
Here I am using Yellow Orange and Red for the
Start with the leading edge and hem the edge back
Then fold the material again and stitch the hem
closed on both sides.
Here is a look at the finished leading edge on the
bottom panel. Now do the same for the leading edge on the top panel.
Now sew the ribs to the top panel on the 3 5/8"
lines you placed on the panels. (Note: Start at the leading edge and match as
Here the center rib is in place.
Now add the remaining ribs to the top panel.
The end ribs will be sewed so that the seam will be
finished on the outside.
Once you sew the outside rib in place. Stitch the
material to the top panel. This will force the material to hold its shape at the
top of the rib.
Look here and you can see a Orange rib sewed to the
Blue top panel. Also note the stitch in the Top panel (Blue) that forces the
corner to hold its shape.
Then cut the ribs back to match the top panel where
To complete the chute now add the bottom panel to
the ribs again starting at the leading edge. Sew the last rib to the line at the
end of the panel. (Note: The end rib is orange and the bottom panel is yellow)
Then fold the material and sew as shown. (Note: The
end rib is orange and the bottom panel is yellow)
Then fold again and sew as shown. (Note: The end rib
is orange and the bottom panel is yellow)
To finish the trailing edge of the chute. Sew a
straight stitch 1/2" back from the edge. Then fold the material and stitch as
Then fold the material again and stitch again.
Then stitch as shown to complete the trailing edge.
Now place a mark at 18" on the ribs that will have
lines attached to them. (See plan)
Start the 3/16" pleat at the leading edge. The pleat
should end at 18".
Here is a look at the lines and pleats attached on
Here is a look at the end rib and how the line is
What you see there is a blue end rib, a blue
bottom panel and a red top panel.
The lines attach to the outside of the end panels
and to the top of the trailing edge.
Here is the completed chute ready for the lines to