I too have made a homemade hammock out of wallyworld cheap fabric, but at this point I'm just experimenting. I found some 1 inch strap in a bargain bin at a fabric warehouse for $.10 a yard. Yes, $.10 a yard. I hung my hammock by overlapping the strap each time around the tree, and it has held me very snugly with no slippage. Very easy to tie off, also. And it stores very nicely. No ropes, just the strap at 12 feet each end. And it only weighs 3 ounces. Also, I made an SPE from cheap fabric and a wallyworld blue pad, and with a 20 degree bag I slept outside the other night @ 32 degrees and was very comfortable all night. My whole setup, with the hammock, straps, ridgeline, and storage bag weigh just 17 ounces. Now I'm going to do the whole thing over in a lighter fabric and should be able to shave a little more weight and gain strength. Then again, this one is very comfortable.