The hardest part of DIY is sitting down for your first project. Once you've done that, and learned how to work the machine (easy), everything else is pretty simple.
Biggest savings will be on quilts, tarps and hammocks. Speer-style hammocks are probably the easiest thing to make...it's just a rectangle with hems, and you don't even have to cut to width. Standard rectangle synthetic quilts are super-simple to make, too - just an oversized pillowcase, really. It's not much tougher to make one from down, just more tedious b/c you have to sew the baffles. And it seems to me that a standard rectangle tarp is only a little more complicated...just gotta get the ridgeline and tie-outs right (I haven't made a tarp yet).
So start with a stuffsack just to get the machine down, then move to hammocks and quilts.
There's nothing like hanging in your own gear...for lots of us, being in the woods is about self-sufficiency. DIY is one way to take it to another level. You can't really explain it to someone who doesn't understand...but after your first night in your own gear, you'll get it.
Good luck on your projects.
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