Camping is one of my all-time favorite pastimes. Growing up in Colorado, this meant long family drives to national parks with a pop-up camper in tow or treks into the mountains for weekend backpacking adventures, with surrounding views of the Rocky Mountains.

In Florida, most camping I've found is far from those picturesque peaks --overcrowded campgrounds full of satellite-tv-equipped trailers are peppered along alligator-ridden rivers--but the Sunshine State also has a beautiful network of spoil islands. These small, vacant refuges are accessible only by boat and are free for the nightly mischief of camping. One of my first times to the islands, my friend Rani and I canoed out with a boat full of firewood, beer, vegetables wrapped in foil for fire cooking, and the other trappings of camp life. While I was setting up the tent, Rani quickly hung up two super-cool Eno camping hammocks she had bought for the occasion.

The evening was spent laughing and telling scary stories while we swayed in our hammocks, and I knew that I wanted a comfy hanging bed of my own for return trips. Upon seeing the $65 price for an Eno Double-Nest Hammock like Rani had, I decided to see if I could make one for less.These instructions are suitable for anyone who can use a sewing machine to sew lines that are mostly straight. This is an easy DIY project and my total cost was around $25 (the fabric was on sale, yay yay yay). I'm sorry to say that I get bored of sewing rather quickly, so I make a lot of lazy shortcuts. Luckily this is a very forgiving project.

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Darthorso14 days ago

Congratulations on your #mikehacks winning! :D

emilygraceking (author)  Darthorso13 days ago

Thanks! Congrats to your great hack as well.

Yay! :D

IamGutter13 days ago

Congrats on your win! I really need to improve my sewing skills and this would be a great project to get that done. Plus, who doesn't love a hammock?!?

emilygraceking (author)  IamGutter13 days ago

Thank you so much! If you can sew a straight-ish line on your sewing machine, you can make this hammock--no fancy-pants skills needed! I would love to see how your hammock turns out if you get around to making one.

BikeHacker14 days ago

Love the puppy pic!

I love Puppies Q_Q

I love this!! Especially the fact that you made the pocket bigger to accommodate a book :D

emilygraceking (author)  jessyratfink1 month ago

You are so kind! In my opinion books are the second most important ingredient to successful hammocking.

What's the first?
emilygraceking (author)  Todd Gehris1 month ago

The hammock of course!

I figured it was but didn't want to assume. Thought maybe the hammock was a given and a margarita was next. :) Had to ask.

emilygraceking (author)  Todd Gehris1 month ago

Oh, that is a good point. Margaritas can tie for third with a good cup of tea.

justbennett1 month ago

Gilead was really a good book.

emilygraceking (author)  justbennett1 month ago

I was given Gilead as a wedding gift (we "registered" for guest's beloved books) and adore it. Such a lovely novel.

Great Job!
hdmotorc1 month ago
Nothing better than sleeping in a DIY hammock.
BLR_RAVI1 month ago
very nice..and well written..useful indeed
emilygraceking (author)  BLR_RAVI1 month ago

Thank you!