I recently got into hammock camping about a year ago when I made my own hammock and wanted a bug net to go along with the hammock. I quickly discovered that the nets sold for hammocks are not cheap, so I started to research some DIY options. I found a few different designs and fabric suggestions on different hammock forums but there was nothing on instructables on the topic. In this instructable I will show you how to make a cheap (less than $15) tube style bug net for your hammock.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Most of the materials you should be able to find at your local walmart.
1. 59" x 84" Sheer Voile Window Panels Qty: 2
2. 18' Bungee Cord
3. Bungee Cord Lock
4. 100% Polyester Thread
The window panels cost $5 each, the 18' of bungee cord cost $2 and a new spool of thread cost $2. I was not able to find the Bungee Cord locks at walmart but I'm sure they are at craft stores for cheap. I am temporarily using one I had lying around the house. I will update this when I track some down. The 18' of bungee cord is enough to make two of these bug nets. The window panels are a cheap alternative to bug net fabric. I was turned on to this after finding a youtube video by crypticCRICKET showing how he made a bug net. I used the same material but went with a different design. The holes in the panels are small enough that it should keep the no-see-ums out.
The tools I used are as follows:
1. Sewing Machine
3. Tape Measure
Step 2: Sewing the Two Panels Together
The first step is to sew the two panels together. Place one panel on top of the other and sew along the 84" edge. Use a Zig Zag stitch and be sure to lock the start and end of the stitch. Once completed you should have one big panel that is about 117" x 84".