I have been lurking on this site for a couple months now, and finally got stuff together to make a DIY hammock. I got some ripstop nylon, a cheap thread injector and set to work.
I made this one a single layer hammock. It's about 9'6" hemmed up and so far it has been fairly comfortable (although I could see how a longer one might be even more comfy ). I did run into a couple of challenges setting this one up though.
First off, I had problems with the whipping on the ends, so I went to a folded over knotted end (not sure if there is a technical term for that or not). That has held up a lot better. For whatever reason, when I put a Larks Head on one end, it would slip and actually pull the whipping off.
I have been doing some experimenting with gathering the ends and think I have that about where I want. Over the past week, I have been working with a structural ridgeline to try and get some sag. I think I need to keep tweaking that, but I got it to a point where it is pretty comfortable.
Next things on the list are to work up a webbing based suspension system. I have some fairly heavy rope I got at WalMart, but I don't like it and would like something a little lighter and easier to work with. I also have to work out the tarp. Hopefully I will get this all done soon so I can pack it in the bike head out somewhere to try it out.
If anyone has any suggestions or feedback, please let me know. Being this is my first one, I am sure there are lots of places I could improve! :-)