Ok, so I have made several hammocks. I really like them and my latest, an Asym clone is super comfortable but I had a problem...
I tried using a Big Agnes bag and inflatable pad. However I found that I sweat a good bit at night and I found that I was always clammy due to condensation on the bottom (pad side). I wanted an underquilt! I didn't want to spend a bunch of money and then find out that the end result is not what I want. Then I noticed someone mentioning a "Neat Sheet" here on the forums.
SO off I went to hunt a "Neat Sheet". No luck but I did find a similar product at Babys R Us. It's a "Clean Sheet". Same double layer construction, two colors.. Lime green and Bright blue, price of $9.99. So with material in hand...
I laid out the KAQ pattern on the Clean sheet and ran a stitch along the layout lines. If I was to do it over again, I would have pinned the ripstop to the clean sheet and then run the stitch along the layout lines I the covered the material with ripstop and put a rolled hem along the edge. Then I created the channels for the shock cord.
Since I had never played with an underquilt, I may not have the suspension correct but it seems to work ok. So here are some pics of the finished product..
Here is proof that I really used the ugly blue clean sheet.
One of the reasons that I waited to write this is that I needed a chance to try it out. So I went "hanging" Friday night. End result is that it turned out great. I originally wanted this for summer use. I think it will work well keeping mosquitoes off the bottom as well. So how did it sleep? Great.. no condensation! What a deal, I knew I needed an underquilt. A light blanket was all I needed. Soft comfort of hammock fabric next to me. No high center of gravity that makes things "tippy". None of that miserable condensation that makes me damp and miserable. I am really happy with how this turned out.
Clean Sheet about $10
Shock Cord about $5 (30' per KAQ instructions)
1.9 Ripstop about $3 (Old $1/yd Wally World stuff)
So for less than $20, I have an underquilt that I can play with that seems to work well for my needs. Cheers.