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    Two-ended Stuff Sack with Pocket

    This is something that has been covered before, but I hadn't seen anyone take this approach. If this has been posted before, I apologize. I wanted to build a bishop bag with mesh pockets that didn't involve any elastic. You also hate elastic? Good we're on the same page. It bunches up and I feel like I need eight hands to get the tension right. Can I do it? Yes, but I don't like it. So instead I built a bag that had little cord lock closures on the ends of the pocket. Fits a set of tree straps well, and I can tuck my coiled up whoopies into their respective ends of the pocket.

    Basically all I did was sew some 1.9 oz ripstop in a channel to the ends of the mesh. The ripstop has a square hole in the middle that is bounded with bar tacks. The shockcord is run through the cordlock there and into the channel. The shock cord is stitched to the ends of the channel and to the stuff sack itself.

    I think in future I will take a half and half approach. I liked the channel better than the tensioned elastic to create the right gathering of the mesh, but the bump of the shock cord was a bit of a pain to sew right, plus I'm not sure how durable it will be in the long run. In future, I think I'll just run some elastic through the channel and sew the tensioned elastic down to the ends so the mesh gathers, but there a) won't be exposed elastic to catch on things and b) the ripstop will protect the opening on the mesh as opposed to making the channel out of the mesh itself.

    I'd love any critiques to help improve the design for anyone who wants to use it. They're too much work for me to make regularly, but I thought I'd share this with you DIYers.
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    Very nice, professional looking job! Not to mention, very functional.
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    I like this. It looks to solve a problem I have seen mentioned here where people got sap on their trees wraps and didn't want to get the sap all over the inside of their stuff sack.

    Any sap on the wraps stays on the 'outside' of the sack and away from the hammock and whoopies and such.

    Looks like I have a weekend project to think about.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Looks great. Do you have the dimensions on this?

    I have been wanting to make a similar bag myself. If you have the dimensions you used that would be tremendously helpful.

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    The dimensions for the stuff sack itself started at 20.5" x 19". Finished dimensions are 16"x9". The piece of mesh was 8" x 12". The ripstop channels were 2" x 8". Finished height on the channels was 3/4" after sewing to the mesh.

    Hope that helps!
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    Thank you.

    That is helpful for me. Thanks again.

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    I like that idea too. I think I will make one with a tree strap pocket, and a thicker tough pocket for my stakes. I like keeping it all together, but I don't want my stakes in the same sack as my hammock. I have seen a nice bishop bag design that was big enough to keep your UQ attached, and TQ laying in the hammock, and it all unfurls at once. I think I might try that. Nice work, thanks for the inspiration.
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