How to Make a Hammock From Tent Material

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All you need is tent material and a little bit of know how to make a perfectly acceptable hammock on the go. Make a hammock from tent material with help from the CEO of an outdoor gear and apparel retailer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jennifer Mull from Backwoods in Austin, Texas. Today we're going to talk about how to make a hammock out of tent material. So the first thing you need to know is basically just the components that you'll need. This is the type of tent material that you can use. You can also use either webbing or cordage or both. Two ways to really do this. One is if you're at home you can certainly use a sewing machine and make it a lot neater and reinforce it. Making it maybe, perhaps, stronger in the long run. But basically you're just going to make a hem on either end of your tent material and sew it. At that point you will actually either use the cordage or the webbing and you'll feed it through where you've made that hem. And then you'll be able to tie it to the tree so you'll take your cordage that you used through the end there and basically just loop it around the tree, and hang your hammock that way, etc. That being said, if you don't have a sewing machine or you're out and you want to do the same thing, as long as you have all the components you can do it. So you'll just take your tent material and basically you'll fold it and you'll bunch it up like that. You'll take some cordage and wrap it around this part of the tent material and you'll in effect create a hem without sewing. Then you'll be able to do the same thing I mentioned a minute ago, thread your cordage or the webbing through the hem that is not sewn, wrap it around the tree the same way and hang your hammock between two trees or whatever you're using. You'll need a carabiner as well to make sure that you can move the hammock around if needed, etc.

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