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    Cool sailboat sail to a hammock..

    alright heres my questions.
    I have a sail from a sailboat. its nice and plenty long enough to make a hammock from. but my ideas are going crazy in my head.

    1. do i sow a fold in the end of it or should i just tie it up on the ends?

    2. should i double layer it? i mean its pretty thick but i do like the idea of having a sleep pad in between two layers. but im also afraid it will be heavy.

    3. im diffidently going to have extra fabric left over. going to make a gear hammock and maybe a sock? but how about those snake skins? any good? or a waste of time/fabric? i see them made but to me they look like they take up a lot of room when rolled up? can you then stuff them?

    ok i think thats enough for now... thanks

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    Well, is it a mainsail or super light spinnaker, my guess is no matter which it should be strong enough for the average hanger, what do you weigh? I would search here on the DIY I think you will find a simple rectangle shape and gather the ends will do it.

    Good luck!

    swank

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    i only weigh 125! but im 6' tall and i just unlrolled the sail and sadly it has a hole right in the middle of it, im going to try to work around that. but not positive i can do it now. and yeah its the main sail.

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    I would imagine that you can use dental floss for the suspension, Multi purpose!

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    I have experience repairing sails. I have a question about the hole in the center of the main. Did it somehow get hung up on a sharp point, or is the sail so worn that the material tears easily? It seems to me that your choice of fabric is not a good one, as there are a lot of other lighter, stronger and more comfortable fabrics for very little money.

    On the other hand, bags made from used sails are considered quite chic these days

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    well the hole came from a nail where it was hanging on a wall. stupid me didnt see it last time i hung it up. yeah im not planning on taking this camping much, but something that i could use around the house, and possibly leave it up. i just wanted to use this, mainly because it was free!

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    If the hole is small, use a zig zag stitch with minimum stitch length to "darn" the torn area. Polyester thread in white.

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    It would probably make a better tarp then Hammock, don't know how breathable it would be, causing sweat or condensation buildup

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    i think i can sow up the hole, and i might agree with you Firemedic, it is a pretty thick material. but i really just wanna make it so i can leave it in my backyard all year. im going to try sowing it up today! wish me luck!

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