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    Grosgrain as Hammock Edge?

    I am planning on making a hammock for my daughter and wanted to dress it up a little and I was thinking about using grosgrain ribbon for the edges.

    Has anyone used grosgrain ribbon as the edging on your DIY hammock? How were the results?

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    I do not because it is extra work, but many do to give the hammock a finished appearance.

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    I did on 1 of mine. It looks good. Just extra work.
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    the edges of an end gathered hammock aren't really under any stress, so you'd just be reinforcing something that doesn't need it, but it shouldn't hurt anything at all if you want to do it for cosmetic reasons

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    Quote Originally Posted by warbonnetguy View Post
    the edges of an end gathered hammock aren't really under any stress, so you'd just be reinforcing something that doesn't need it, but it shouldn't hurt anything at all if you want to do it for cosmetic reasons
    Yeah, I would only be applying this for cosmetic reasons. My daughter is 21 months old and maybe 23 lbs. The edges will not really be under any stress!

    When you applied the grosgrain, did you roll the raw edge first or just fold the ribbon in half and surround the raw edge?

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    I used grosgrain on a DIY tarp. I rolled and then applied the grosgrain. I think it gave a stronger and neater edge.
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    I folded a satin ribbon on the edge of my "Not So Stealth" hammock and it looks sharp. IMO the satin ribbon would be a better bet than grosgrain for looks and feel. Not that much more work for a MUCH better end product.

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    I rolled the edge first. Then ironed the grosgrain in half and put it on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dblcorona View Post
    I rolled the edge first. Then ironed the grosgrain in half and put it on.
    Thinking I would do the same for a DIY hammock if I was using Grosgrain. I will be doing so for my UQ and TQ projects.
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    I think this all depends on the length vs width of the hammock.

    For example, a WB Traveler is a wide hammock, therefore the grosgrain wouldn't make much difference since there's little to no weight on the edges. On the flip side, the TTTG hammocks are narrower and in my opinion the grosgrain on the sides plays a vital role in keeping that bathtub feel so your feet or items within the hammock don't fall out.

    YMMV

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