Being a long-term tent and tarp camper, I am used to having an easy, and dry place to keep my miscellaneous gear once I set up camp. However, with the hammock, there's not that much you can keep right in there with you. Gear lofts for the tiny/at-hand stuff work just fine, but what about easy-access solutions so as to not stuff everything back in the pack?
So here is my prototyping idea:
1] one square yard of fabric... this initial prototype showed me I'm probably better off with something more like a yard and the half.
2] hemmed around the edges
3] three quarters of two opposite sides gathered just like a hammock
4] a line run across through the front hem, up in each side hem, and then passing back through the corner loops to gather the ends.
5] mitten hooks/brummels/etc at or attached to the running ends
6] possibly a couple of flat "Levi" pockets sewn inside for odds and ends that you don't need in your gear loft
You could then string it up just like a miniature hammock between the gathered end of your hammock and the tree. The top line across the front would provide structure, while the gathered bag at the rear would allow storage, with the remaining fabric just draping over/down across the top as a lid.
From my prototype it looks as though adding an extra half yard would allow you more bag and also to put a "handkerchief point" on that extra fabric "lid" to be assured of full coverage for stuff stored in the taco.
Perhaps a little folded under pocket at the handkerchief point of the lid would let you slip a rock in as a way to hold the lid down in the front.
If made out of a length of something like sil-poly, it should be weather-proof and weigh almost nothing.
Here are three photos of my prototype.
Let me have your thoughts and criticisms.....
(Don't tell the Hot Librarian and that I used one of her dinner napkins, or that I didn't wash it first...)