This two piece device allows you to get a firm hold on any type of textile without puncturing them. The first part of the device, which we will call the lock (shown in blue), fits closely into the base, which we will call the star because of its resemblance to a ninja throwing star (shown in red). This device has numerous useful applications around the home no matter where you live.
The project webpage is in the resource links. Stretcher - 6 fasteners, a blanket and 2 poles Hammock - 2 fasteners and a blanket Emergency Tent - 4 fasteners and a plastic sheet or tarp Greenhouse or row guard - Use a number of fasteners and clear plastic to create a greenhouse Food transport - Use some form of fabric and 4 fasteners to make flexible box for carrying things like vegetables Improved Tarps: You can use a fastener to fix a grommet that has popped out of a normal tarp. You can also use a number of fasteners to join multiple tarps together into a bigger tarp You can create a custom waterproof cover You can use the fasteners to hold the tarp in a custom way for another function - such as rain water collection or roof leak or boat protector.
Instructions To Make: The STL files for printing both the star and the lock are available here and can be printed out of various materials on an open source rapid prototyper like the RepRap. To Use: Wrap the lock in the fabric with its flat side touching the fabric. Push the lock and the fabric through the hole in the star. Turn the lock piece 90 degrees and pull into place (as shown assembled in Figure 1). To take the fastener off just follow steps 1 through 3 in reverse. Both the lock and the star have multiple holes that can be used either with tie lines or nails depending on your application. Suggestions for improvement always welcome.