How to build a Zipline and How to Start Your Own Ziplines

Treetop Ziplining is one of the best ways to get your outdoor adventure going.

It’s so much fun to watch the waves, and if you can get it right you’ll be the envy of the world.

The first step is to learn how to build your own trolley.

It can be a little daunting, but it’s really not too bad.

If you want to learn to build trolleys, you can read my tutorial for creating a DIY trolley on my DIY guide to building a DIY Zipliner.

I’ll also show you how to buy your own fabric and fabric glue to help you out. 

Once you have your trolley, you’re ready to learn some basic construction techniques.

Here are some tips on how to use a trolley: Trolley Tips for Trolley Construction If you’ve built your own zipper before, you may have seen some of the construction tips and techniques that we use.

This section will help you to make your trolley work even better.

First, get a trowel.

I love to build my trolley with a tourniquet trowels.

They have a great design and are very cheap, so it’s worth the money.

Then, you’ll need to cut out the troweled fabric.

Cut out the fabric in the same way that you would sew a zipper.

Take a piece of fabric that is about 1/2″ wide.

Lay it on a flat surface and fold the fabric so that the trowses top edges are flat.

Then fold the folded fabric over the trolley and stitch it together.

You can also use a long-tail stitch, but I find that it’s more durable.

It doesn’t have to be super precise, but just as long as you make sure it’s not going to break. 

Next, you need to attach the trollets bottom edges.

Start by cutting a piece out of the fabric that has the bottom edges cut out.

Next, you will attach the top edges.

You’ll need a sewing machine that has a long tail.

Take the long tail and cut it out.

You should be able to get away with about 6-8″ of trolley fabric on your sewing machine. 

Attach the ends of the trolles ends to the fabric you cut out of.

You want to make sure you can attach the ends without cutting through the fabric.

I find it best to attach them with a sewing pin.

You will need two pins for each end.

Then attach the front and back ends. 

Troubleshooting: You can attach your troller by simply taking the end that is closest to the center of the zipper.

You may need to go back and try some different places to make it fit snugly. 

If the troller doesn’t fit snug, make sure the fabric has enough stretch.

If it doesn’t stretch, try stretching the fabric with a piece a hair too long.

If that doesn’t help, it may have to come off. 

You may also have to adjust the ziplines center point in order to keep it from pulling.

You could try using an adjustable ruler to make a slight adjustment in the center. 

Lastly, be sure to use the right fabric for your trowelling.

I like to use cotton fabrics that are slightly stretchy.

I can stretch the fabric out to the point that it looks like the trompe l’oeil and make it more durable and waterproof. 

Tips for Building a DIY Trolley: