I made this hammock from two sections of rip stop nylon sewed together. While a single ply would have probably done just fine, I played it safe and doubled it. Don't worry if you don't know how to sew. This is probably the 3rd time I've ever used a sewing machine.
Step 1: Sewing Rip Stop Nylon Fabric.
This material only stretches diagonally. Since I’m using the fabric in line with the weave, I able to use a straight line stitch. Otherwise, I would have had to use a zig-zag stitch to allow for stretching. I adjusted the sewing machine so the stitches were wide enough to prevent it from being a failure point. If they are too close together it becomes a perforation rather then a strong seam.
Step 2: Sew the Panels Together.
I used a rip stop line in the material to help guide the fabric along the sewing foot.
Step 3: Reinforcing the Seam.
Step 4: Sew in Channels for Paracord.
The solution to my inexperience with sewing was painters tape. I used it to hold a uniform fold along the entire short edge. After I ran the first seam, I removed the tape and ran another where the tape used to be.
Step 5: Make the Rip Stop Nylon Bag.
I took the 1’ piece cut off at the beginning of the project and folded it in half. I then sewed the sides shut. Next I laid the bag down on it’s seams and taped the folded points down. See the pictures. After a couple more seams, the bag had its basic shape.
To attach the drawstring I folded upper edge of the bag over and placed a section of paracord inside the fold. I then ran a stitch all the way around the bag, keeping the paracord butted against the sewing foot.
Turn the bag outside in and it’s done.