How-To Resources

One of the things that attracted me to hammock camping DIY was the seemingly unlimited possibilities. It really is a creative outlet. Completely customizable. DIY Hammocks are the polar opposite of going to your favorite department store or website and picking a tent out. When making your own hammock and related gear you can pick the color, the size, the shape, the type and weight of the fabric as well as the accessories that go along with it. Best of all – making one isn’t even that difficult!

Below is a collection of instructions gathered from various sources I have found online

For customers new to hammock related DIY these are a good place to start (I have used each one of these methods).

Silpoly  tarp how-to:

Hex Tarp Instructions

*Step 4 can be omitted as the Cat-Cut design was originally created to compensate for the stretch of silNylon fabric. Nylon naturally stretches under load especially when exposed to moisture. Polyester (SilPoly) does not. The major reason we use 100% polyester webbing for our hammock suspension.


Available to download here for your convenience, but full credit goes to member CatSplat. This spreadsheet has become an invaluable resource for the DIY community.

Catsplat’s Underquilt Calculator


A very easy to make and effective form of bug protection. I like the flexibility of this design, getting in and out of the hammock is easy and if you just want to use your hammock for lounging or a day at the park/beach it’s easy to remove.


Great beginner tutorial on making a stuff sack. Kyle covers both single and double ended versions in this video


Another very useful tutorial on how to make your own ridge line using Zing-it. Ridgelines have a lot of benefits.

1. Gives your hammock a consistent “sag” allowing you to quickly achieve the same hang every time.

2. Supports your bug net – very much a necessity here in Canada.

3. Allows you to hang or clip gear inside your hammock for easy access.