My first attempt at making a hammock.
Been poking around for a week looking to buy one but decided I'd give it a shot and make one. So I'd made some stuff sacks and small stuff by hand stitching but wasn't about to try to hand stitch a hammock. I went and bought a cheap sewing machine and learned how to sew in a bout 30 min. Definitely need practice (see my stitching in the photos) but I was able to successfully sew my design. Tested it and works quite nicely.
Two 120"x48" semi-overlapping panels to make an overall 120" x 60". The overlap creates 36 wide inch dual layer for increased strength and on one side of the seam I hemmed a 20" slot open to slide in a sleeping pad or other base. Remaining 12" on each side is single layer. I did not sew any cord or permanently affix gathering so that it could also be opened fully to be used as a sheet or another similar use. I made a black bishop bag to go with it.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I'd like to improve (add a net). I have a high resolution version of the template if you want it.
I'll update this post with some legit photos later, just wanted to get something up quick.
YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsigxfoc5D4
$13 for nylon
8 hours of my time....$$$$
I'm half Chickasaw indian so I named the hammock after Chief Tishomingo.