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.

Step 1: Tools and Materials


- Sewing Machine

- Scissors

- Ruler

- Lighter

- A book in your favorite book size


- 3.5 yards rip-stop nylon in main color (green)

- 3.25 yards rip-stop nylon in accent color (blue)

- 6 feet AmSteel Blue rope

- 2 carabiners with an adequate working load

- Glue Stick

- Thread (regular all-purpose works fine)

- Nylon webbing as needed to attach your hammock to trees (optional)

- Elastic headband (optional)

Real Eno hammocks are made with a nylon that is thinner, wrinklier, and can pack down a bit smaller than rip-stop nylon, but my local fabric store does not carry a wide variety of outdoor fabrics. They do have a half-dozen or so colors of rip-stop.I found AmSteel Blue rope, nylon webbing, and carabiners at a nearby boating supply store.

<p>I have a question, why did you do the two colors and extra seam? Is there a strength advantage or just to resemble the ENO? I have an ENO and am not sure the extra seam and edge does much for it. Actually I think the colors were more a matter of a cheap way not to waste material as they were essentially working on selling to the festival crowds.</p>
<p>Neat! </p>
<p>How tall are you? Is the hammock plenty long enough for tall people? Thanks!</p>
<p>I'm going to try this in the coming weeks! Do you think it would be possible to sew a channel into the storage bag so that you could use a length of cord as a cinch?</p>
Absolutely! You will have to alter the way you attach the pouch to the hammock in order for the channel to end up at the top of the pocket, but it is definitely possible. If you figure out the best way to do that, I would love to see your process.
<p>possibly going camping at a friend's farm in a couple weeks, definately going to try to make this by then :D</p>
<p>I have a quick question, when you cut the two 14 inch blue pieces, you should have extra fabric left over correct? I just want to make sure I am measuring this correctly before I make any mistakes. Also, if there is extra fabric what is it used for and does your hammock fold up and fit into the pocket you made to put the book in, or did you make an extra little bag?</p>
Yes, there is extra fabric left after cutting the blue strips. You can use the excess fabric for another project. The hammock does fit into the book pocket all scrunched up--I stuff it in the pocket, which is a generous size for the hammock, and wind an elastic headband around the bundle to keep it in place.
<p>Ok awesome thank you so much! Also, would it be possible to use paracord instead of Amsteel blue cord? I think it will work, but I can't find the Amsteel Blue cord unfortunately. </p>
<p>Sorry for the delayed response. Some people do use paracord for hammocks, but paracord does stretch so it can be difficult to get the right height for your hammock.</p>
Ok thanks so much! I'll try to take a picture and put it on here if I get it to work out.
Ok, but assuming I am using an old parachute to make this, and I don't know how wide your bolt of fabric was. Approximately how wide is this?
That sounds super cool! I would love to see a picture when you finish. The green fabric is approximately 60 inches wide before sewing.
I may have missed it, but what is the width of your main piece of nylon (the green)?
The width of the green nylon is just the standard, off-the-bolt width.
<p>Awesome Instructable!!! Thanks for sharing and I love your witty commentary! I don't have a sewing machine or sewing skills but I can see how if I did this would be doable by following your instructions.</p>
<p>Congratulations on your #mikehacks winning! :D</p>
<p>Thanks! Congrats to your great hack as well.</p>
<p>Yay! :D</p>
<p>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?!?</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>Love the puppy pic! </p>
<p>I love Puppies Q_Q</p>
<p>I love this!! Especially the fact that you made the pocket bigger to accommodate a book :D</p>
<p>You are so kind! In my opinion books are the second most important ingredient to successful hammocking.</p>
What's the first?
<p>The hammock of course!</p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>Oh, that is a good point. Margaritas can tie for third with a good cup of tea.</p>
<p>Gilead was really a good book. </p>
<p>I was given Gilead as a wedding gift (we &quot;registered&quot; for guest's beloved books) and adore it. Such a lovely novel.</p>
Great Job!
Nothing better than sleeping in a DIY hammock.
very nice..and well written..useful indeed
<p>Thank you!</p>

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