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Many, many people love a camping trip. The great outdoors has a magnetic appeal, but when it comes to the sleeping part that can be a tad uncomfortable. Lying on bone hard ground, or conversely damp grass is not really relaxing. However, a home made solution is very much at hand. It makes sense that lying several feet off the ground should be more comfortable, but there is then the unsteady feeling to contend with. The hammock is the answer as it can be attached to trees, posts, building or other structures as long as they are sturdy enough to support the potential weight of the hammock and it’s occupants. The bonus is that making your own hammock is a lot easier than it first looks. In fact you can make your own hammock in an afternoon and it is relatively inexpensive.

Firstly choose the fabric, with three principles in mind. First, consider the denier of the fabric, this refers to the diameter and weight. Secondly, the thread count – how many fibres are in a specified area. Finally, weight per square yard, this is probably the best gauge as to the strength of the fabric. If you keep in mind all three of these characteristics when you’re making hammocks that will be strong and lasting, you won‘t go too far wrong. There are a few thicker fabric weaves that may call for a change to heavy duty needles when making hammocks, but a check of the manufacturers guidelines for the exact specifications on needles to use, will sort this out. Most sewing machines come ready equipped with many grades of needles. When you get to the sewing part of making hammocks, there is no choice when it comes to thread. Use polyester! It’s strong and resists moisture and mildew, plus it absorbs most abrasions. Do not use a cotton thread surrounded by polyester as this will absorb water and delay drying and it can also cause rotting.

Making your own camping equipment is one of the most rewarding aspects of being in the outdoors and can lead to an even more enjoyable trip. Basically all you need is a good hammock design, a few common sewing tips and little bit of patience.

Mick Burrows writes for

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