I did it. I made my first hammock today. I went to my local Wal-Mart and could not find any rip stop nylon. So I went to a couple local fabric stores until I found some. The rip stop I found was camo too so that was awesome. They sold it by the year and by the pound. I bought two sheets which and that is enough to make two hammocks and it cost me only $9. I was anxious to get home and start putting it together.
I did as Jeff recommend and made my first one 10 feet in length and I did not dare to change the width of the fabric until I knew I could get one made that worked the first time. I did Jeff’s Whipping technique and then put some rope on the end and tied her up. The rope started sliding off one end and it stopped at the whipping and the whipping also started to slide off, but it finally tightened up and stopped sliding,
I did make one mistake on the first one and made it inside out, but who cares. I can always take it apart and fix it now that I know I can do it. The width of the hammock is also too wide because I left it the full width, but what the heck it was my first one and I just wanted to see if I could do it. The hammock works great. I even laid in it after it was done and took a quick nap. Now I can start doing some experimenting. This is going to be fun.