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    Size for a homemade hammock

    I am thinking of making a homemade hammock this weekend using Jeff's "W" Whipping technique. I am 5'9". I have a couple of question on the fabric.

    1. What type of fabric do you recommend?

    2. How much fabric should I buy?

    3. What should the length and width be before I tie the ends?

    I know your probably going to say it depends on me. But could you give me something to go with on this. It is my first time and I can always change it for the next one, but I need to get the first one done before I play with modifying the next one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by attroll View Post
    I am thinking of making a homemade hammock this weekend using Jeff's "W" Whipping technique. I am 5'9". I have a couple of question on the fabric.

    1. What type of fabric do you recommend?

    2. How much fabric should I buy?

    3. What should the length and width be before I tie the ends?

    I know your probably going to say it depends on me. But could you give me something to go with on this. It is my first time and I can always change it for the next one, but I need to get the first one done before I play with modifying the next one.
    I just made my first Speer type It was a lot of fun, and I THINK it might be more comfy than my HH, so....

    I got some 1.9 oz. ripstop for $1/yd. at Walmart. At that price, I just bought a whole bolt - about 15 yds. I cut the hammock to 10 ft. long by 50 inches wide, then hemmed all four edges. For one this size, you'd really only need four yards. I whipped the ends as per Jeff's "W-style" instructions, and it's worked out really well! I need to adjust the whipping a little because the side hems are a little too loose, but no biggie.
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    I'm 5-11 and I have found 10 feet of material to be the most comfortable also. Instead of whipping I just use zip ties! Its much quicker and lighter than whipping. And if you need to adjust the side pull on the fabric you can just clip them, adjust, and install a couple more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkwater View Post
    I'm 5-11 and I have found 10 feet of material to be the most comfortable also. Instead of whipping I just use zip ties! Its much quicker and lighter than whipping. And if you need to adjust the side pull on the fabric you can just clip them, adjust, and install a couple more.
    I remember a couple of people saying they used zip ties, but I wasn't sure how well that would work when I built mine. I guess I thought you needed the bulk of the whipping cord to form a "stop" for the suspension loop? It seemed like a zip tie wouldn't keep the suspension from sliding off the end of the hammock as well...?
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    I always hem the fabric around the edge when I make them. The bulk of the hem keeps everything on.

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    Generally, a bigger (longer and wider) hammock is more comfortable b/c it lets you lay flatter. I'm 5'10" and have found that 9'-10' is the right length, and probably 50"-55" is the right width.

    The 63" wide ones (bolt width minus hems) are very comfortable, but they tend to restrict my vision too much when I'm inside, and the ~50" are good enough and weigh less.

    My latest DownHammock is 116"x54" hemmed...it's about right...maybe the next one will be 110"x55", I think.

    I'd say to get whatever ~1.9oz material Walmart has and make a full width one first...just easier b/c it's one less long cut. Play around with it and see how you like it, then start trimming the width away for your next models. It's nice to keep a full width one around so you don't forget what it's like when you try out a 48" wide one...compare them side by side until you get your dimensions settled.

    Ripstop nylon is a great fabric and Walmart usually has some (the ones I go to do, at least), but really anything will work if it's strong enough.

    It's $1/yd, so get the whole bolt! But if you really only want one hammock, 3.5 yards will be enough.
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    I did it. I made my first hammock today. I went to my local Wal-Mart and could not find any rip stop nylon. So I went to a couple local fabric stores until I found some. The rip stop I found was camo too so that was awesome. They sold it by the year and by the pound. I bought two sheets which and that is enough to make two hammocks and it cost me only $9. I was anxious to get home and start putting it together.

    I did as Jeff recommend and made my first one 10 feet in length and I did not dare to change the width of the fabric until I knew I could get one made that worked the first time. I did Jeff’s Whipping technique and then put some rope on the end and tied her up. The rope started sliding off one end and it stopped at the whipping and the whipping also started to slide off, but it finally tightened up and stopped sliding,

    I did make one mistake on the first one and made it inside out, but who cares. I can always take it apart and fix it now that I know I can do it. The width of the hammock is also too wide because I left it the full width, but what the heck it was my first one and I just wanted to see if I could do it. The hammock works great. I even laid in it after it was done and took a quick nap. Now I can start doing some experimenting. This is going to be fun.

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    Careful!!! You'll end up with a dozen by the end of the week The wide ones are nice to lay crossways. ENJOY!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by attroll View Post
    I did it. I made my first hammock today. I went to my local Wal-Mart and could not find any rip stop nylon. So I went to a couple local fabric stores until I found some. The rip stop I found was camo too so that was awesome. They sold it by the year and by the pound. I bought two sheets which and that is enough to make two hammocks and it cost me only $9. I was anxious to get home and start putting it together.

    I did as Jeff recommend and made my first one 10 feet in length and I did not dare to change the width of the fabric until I knew I could get one made that worked the first time. I did Jeff’s Whipping technique and then put some rope on the end and tied her up. The rope started sliding off one end and it stopped at the whipping and the whipping also started to slide off, but it finally tightened up and stopped sliding,

    I did make one mistake on the first one and made it inside out, but who cares. I can always take it apart and fix it now that I know I can do it. The width of the hammock is also too wide because I left it the full width, but what the heck it was my first one and I just wanted to see if I could do it. The hammock works great. I even laid in it after it was done and took a quick nap. Now I can start doing some experimenting. This is going to be fun.
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    Oh man - you've had it now. Designs are gonna be swimming around your head forever now. Enjoy your newfound lunacy.
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