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

2. Scissors

3. Tape Measure

4. Lighter

<p>Step 5 has a flaw....The opening must be closed or your gonna wakeup with a few friends..aka Mosquitos. I made this too and found out they can get in in two places the bottom and where you feed the whoopies slings thru.</p>
I made the net exactly like Cryptic Cricket did. I ran into the same problem as you... so I decided to modify it. For the whoopie sling opening: I sewed a channel and threaded bungee cord through it. I sewed two channels, one on each end of the net. As for the bottom opening letting Mosquitoes in I haven't addressed yet, but I have done some research. It seems the best solution for that problem is to use a zipper on the side of the hammock. Another possible solution would be to just sew the net right onto the rip stop nylon hammock and use a zipper on the side of the net. A third possible solution that I will probably do is just take the sheer voile and sew the two panels together but not make any cuts. At the ends that the hammock goes through, sew a channel so that an elastic cord will go through them. That way when you want the bug net off all you have to do is pull it to the other side of the hammock. You will now be able to do that because the ends the hammock feeds through weren't cut to a smaller size.
<p>I was trying to decide between this tube design and Cryptic Cricket's open bottom design. The tube design seems simple enough - I just didn't like the idea of the bug net scraping the ground if I happen to hang my hammock too low to keep the netting off the ground. The picture made it look like you need a lot of clearance to keep the tube clear of the ground. So I ended up going with the open bottom design but I discovered a couple important tricks with that design that Cryptic Cricket doesn't mention. (1) Make sure you use shock cord around the hole on the bottom and then tighten it up as much as you can AFTER you get into the hammock with the bug net for the first time. How tight that is depends on how far out you attach the net ends to the ridge line and maybe also how heavy you are (the amount of sag matters). For me, I ended up with 65&quot; of shock cord (unstretched) around the bottom hole after tightening up the hole. Once you've set the size of the hole with a cord lock, you shouldn't have to adjust it ever again (unless you change hammocks or hammock inhabitants). Then (2) YOU HAVE TO FUSS WITH THE NET to make sure the hole is centered around the bottom of the hammock. The net hangs and slides freely over the ridge line, and you are entering it from one of the sides, so it's going to end up off-center when you first get into the hammock. But that's easy to fix if you just reach down around the hammock from the other side and pull on the netting so the hole is really covering the bottom of the hammock. If you reach down on both sides, you can feel for the edges of the hole on each side, and then adjust it until it's nice and even. You can't see where the hole is when you're inside the hammock, but you can feel it. In his video, you can see Cryptic Cricket moving around and doing something right after he gets into the hammock - he just doesn't explain exactly what he's doing. I bet he's sliding the netting around to get it positioned correctly. I got a really good &quot;seal&quot; on the bottom once I figured out (1) and (2). Hope this helps.</p>
Great instructable! I saw it and now I'm about to make my own. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you very much for this. You did a fantastic job. Very easy to understand and very inexpensive. Nice sewing job. This stuff is super slippery and not easy to sew if you don't know what you're doing or haven't worked with it before. Again, beautiful job, thank you for your time. Happy cammping!
<p>I like your Instructable</p><p>Thank you so much for sharing</p><p>Rima</p>
In my neck of the woods we'd call these Bear Burritos, but they look like a great idea for regions without large carnivorous fauna.<br>However, this would be great for bug free afternoon naps or overnight sleep outs in the back yard.
I backpack solo, with a hammock in bear country (black bears) frequently. Heard a noise one night, thought it was the pesky raccoon, then felt a big bump against my rump. There was a bear underneath, sniffing around... I hollered at it and turned on my light - I only caught a glimpse. Didn't bother me, I still use my hammock except in particularly cold weather.<br><br>I learned, the hard way, that the no-see-em mesh is not impermeable to chiggers though. (Cumberland Island)
<p>I personally use it camping but to each their own. I hope you enjoyed the instructable, thanks for looking!</p>
<p>is it possible to just sew the netting to the hammock?</p>
<p>Haha the tricky part for me was always finding the stuff I hang on to. I hope it works out for you, Thanks!</p>
I've made many camping hammocks. Only two have bug nets which I purchased for like $15. Kinda a pain to use since their intended purpose isn't a hammock net. I can't find those any more however, now I don't have too. Great design.
<p>Yea all the hammock specific nets I found were really expensive, thats why I did this. Thanks for the feed back!</p>
<p>This is such a good idea :)</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
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