This is my attempt in making my own camping hammock using methods and techniques I have adapted from sources on the Internet. The designs and ideas are not my own.
To make a camping hammock with a load bearing ridge line. This hammock is to be used with a 10x10 tarp. The ridge line can be used to hang a bug net which will be another future project.
- 4 yards of ripstop nylon (60in wide).
- Sewing machine
- Heavy duty thread
- 2 Chain links or climbing carabiner
- 6 meters of 1" nylon webbing
- 9 feet climbing rope for ridge line
- 2 pieces of 2 feet long climbing rope same as above.
- Ideal hammock length is 9 to 12 feet. In this project, I will be making a 9 foot long hammock,
- Hammock should be made from 1 piece fabric with double roll hem on all sides. Long sides hemmed first before the short sides. (You can do this yourself or have a seamstress do this for you). I'm considering having this done by a professional tailor.
- A basic knowledge of knot tying is needed for this project. The following are some of the knots I will be using.
- Triple fisherman's knot
- Siberian hitch / Evenk hitch
- Modified sheet bend or variations of it.
- Cut the fabric to size. 9 feet by 5 feet.
- Hem along the long sides first using a double rolled hem about 0.5 inch. Hem short sides the same way.
- Create 2 loops using the 2 foot long cords. Tie a triple fisherman's knot to create the loops.
- Gather the short end of the fabric. Take one of the loops from step 2 and tie a modified sheet bend. Repeat for the other end of the fabric. Tie the knot as tight as you can get it.
- Connect the chain links to each loop on the end of the hammock. By this step you already have a hammock but without suspension lines.
- Cut the nylon webbing in half. you should have 2 three meter long lines. Burn the ends so that it doesn't fray. Create 2 inch loops on each end of the nylon webbing.
- Measure 5 inches from the end of the webbing and fold it on itself. Stitch 3 1 inch box stitches from the end of the loop.
**Stuff sack can be made from excess fabric.