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    Idea for a Pad Slot

    Hey DIYers

    I was doing some thinking after the Second Annual Florida Hang I was at and I reminisced on the nights of sleeping in my DIY Single Layer gathered end ( my god it was great and fulfilling to use it ) but one night I got a little unlucky with my pad and I rolled causing it to fly out from under me and me hitting the floor. Well that got me thinking about making it a two layer;

    then I saw the video of Shug in the 0 crispy minnesota hang vid and I saw the hammock with down stuffed in it...

    what If i made a diagonal sleeve for my pad so I wouldnt fuss with my pad and spread out the fabric nice and wide like pads do. would this work? just sewing on a rectangular piece of fabric the width of the pad but on a pre determined diagonal or should I just re hem the hammock with the second layer?
    Every time I hang in a tree I get a coconut to the head.....stupid coconuts

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    I was contemplating doing the same thing myself. Creating a pad pocket the size of my pad along the correct diagonal. Once the sleeping pad is placed I was thinking of sewing it closed and making smaller side pockets for the SPE pads I have.

    I haven't gotten anywhere with the idea. I'd love to see if anyone has actually tried it, what diagonal they used, and if they felt their attempt was a success or a failure.

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    Im going to start up plans today but Its on the back burner until My TQ is done.
    Every time I hang in a tree I get a coconut to the head.....stupid coconuts

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    Im pretty sure!

    I had some doing in this idea!

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    I've got a double-layer (DL) Warbonnet Traveller. The Traveller's two layers are joined at the outer edges of the two fabric pieces, which are both essentially the same size.

    I'd only have this concern with your idea: hammock fabric stretches when you lay in it, and it will stretch different amounts in different sections. If you sew your pad pocket on a diagonal, you'll be putting varying loads on it. (More at your butt, less towards your feet and head.) That could lead to tearing.

    I've never tested that, but thought you might want to consider it. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RootCause View Post
    I've got a double-layer (DL) Warbonnet Traveller. The Traveller's two layers are joined at the outer edges of the two fabric pieces, which are both essentially the same size.

    I'd only have this concern with your idea: hammock fabric stretches when you lay in it, and it will stretch different amounts in different sections. If you sew your pad pocket on a diagonal, you'll be putting varying loads on it. (More at your butt, less towards your feet and head.) That could lead to tearing.

    I've never tested that, but thought you might want to consider it. Good luck!
    I think you got it! By sewing through your hammock body you risk causing weak spots along those seams...!

    Try a double layer joined on the outer edges and add in a small loop/toggle at the Head/Foot diagonal and put corresponding tabs/toggles on your pad... That way it will stay put.

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    Dots of silicon or seam sealer should stop it moving without having to sew anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YeahIdIDThat View Post
    I had some doing in this idea!
    yup you and the nice hard Ocala Forrest floor
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat View Post
    I think you got it! By sewing through your hammock body you risk causing weak spots along those seams...!

    Try a double layer joined on the outer edges and add in a small loop/toggle at the Head/Foot diagonal and put corresponding tabs/toggles on your pad... That way it will stay put.

    Mat
    There have been a few threads with similar results. Nylon stretches. the hammock body will stretch, then putting load on the under-pocket.... that differential load puts stress on the stitching... the result is possible failure...

    The answer is to make a double layer out of lighter fabric, as they will stretch more evenly, and distribute the load better...
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    I've been thinking about making a double layer and considered sewing through both layers but using zig-zag stitch which is designed to stretch with fabric. It's the kind of stitch you use for spandex (not that I'd know anything about that myself, ahem...) and I don't believe it would introduce any weaknesses.
    I can't buy something without first considering whether I could just make it myself instead. How'd I get so screwed up?

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