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    my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock

    here's some pics showing how i made my DIY hammock. there's nothing new here, except how i made it two layer, which i'll explain more later.

    a BIG thank you to U.W. and upthecreek for reawakening my desire for hammock camping.



    ok, here's the pics and the steps:


    start off by cutting two pieces of 5 foot wide nylon 10 feet long





    fold over and iron the long sides 1 inch, i've found that ironing first makes hemming a whole lot easier...







    hem the long sides, i prefer a zig zag stitch for simple hems





    fold over the short side 1 1/2 inch and iron





    and hem the end channels on the short sides, again using the zig zag hem





    now the main body of the hammock is sewn, with hemmed edges and 1 1/2 inch channels on the ends. do this again with the other piece of fabric, so that you have two identical pieces of fabric.




    now place sticky velcro 3 feet from the channel on the long edge





    and place another piece 3 feet down from that one





    and stick the two large pieces of fabric together with the velcro.





    feed cord thru the bottom layer channel







    and into the top layer channel







    now tighten and tie off







    repeat on the other side...



    add suspension, 9 feet of amsteel per side attached using a slipped bowline.





    here you can see how the cinching created a ball of fabric that the suspension line wraps around. very secure and places no stress on the channel...





    attach the structural ridgeline. this is 8 ft of amsteel. it sets the sag so it's the same every time.





    and attached at the other end....





    for straps i have two six foot pieces of 1 inch webbing, and one two foot extension, just in case i try to lash to a big *** tree...







    all finished. total weight with stuff sack is 1 lb 2 oz





    one option i added was to apply a stretch side footbox and headbox made by a HF member named Knotty. if you do this, make sure it's on the bottom layer, it works better that way.












    it works!



    all hung up...


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    Looks great. I need to get over to the craft store so I can give it a go.

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    Thanks. What is your ridge line material a length? Amsteel? Sewed on one side Velcro on the other?

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    I like the looks of that bad boy! What tool are you using to get the cord through the sewn ends?
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    Looks like the adjusting bar from a set of window blinds.

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    the ridge line is lash it. the length is 8 ft. the two hammock bodies are velcroed together on both sides, i can detach them and go single layer in the summer time.


    KayakCarl nailed it, that's an adjusting bar from window blinds. worked great

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    Nicely done. Is that fabric from Walmart?
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    Looks good I especially love the blind rod you used to fish your cordage through!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotty View Post
    Nicely done. Is that fabric from Walmart?
    nope, it's the 1 oz ACU ripstop 2nds that is sold via group buy from this site. i forgot the website i found it on, but after ordering some i found a thread about it here too.

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    how does the velcro seem to be holding up?

    I was thinking of adding a second layer to my ENO DN so I can slip a pad in
    but was worried that the layers might not hold together without sewing
    "HANGING OUT" has taken on a whole NEW MEANING

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