Okay..I figure I better break down MY costs.Bear in mind most of the items I used I bought at thrift stores for DIRT CHEAP
and the factors will be my thrift store prices.You'll have to adjust YOUR costs accordingly if you have to buy at a retail price(OUCH!
)..but you can get a good idea of the costs of making the same in your neck of the woods and using local markets and your
*8yards of Fly/tarp material(silnylon)..at Goodwill at 25 cents a yard= $2.00
*4 yards of "Wallyworld"(walmart) bugmesh @$1.50 a yard= $6.00
*8 yards of hammock Tafetta(goodwill at 25 cents a yard) = $2.00
Includes the extra sides,pocket and gear hammock material
Nylon straps/tieout mat.(thrift store buy $1 a large roll,got lots of extra!)= $1.00
Roughly 30ft for fly,hammock,gear hammock
zipper for hammock(about 100+ long,old sleeping bag $4,thrft store buy) $4.00
Velcro 12" for pocket attachment($1 a foot,pd retail) $1.00
Rope for ridgeline,tieouts($1 a roll,thrift store buy,50' or so) $1.00
Thread for sewing(serger roll 100% polyester,thrift store $1.00 a roll) $1.00
two grommets on nylon strap( for ridgeline thru mesh holes from old tent) free
Total for project ----> $18.00
*Note: the silnylon,tafetta,and bug mesh were OVERfigured for lengths..actually only 10' of the 12' shown were used..your hammock length may be longer and for simplicity,I rounded it UP to the 4 yards or 144" verses the 120" I used.The extra material can make more pockets!
Bear in mind that this doesn't include any carabiners and treehugger sets because these are universal for my hammocks..figure about $40..treehuggers.com and wallyworld for the cheap carabiner sets..Wally's charges about $4 for 5 of different sizes..I have two sets for 10 total..strong enough for gear storage and fly,NOT for the hammock!I use the treehugger carabiners for that.Rubber snubbers...well,there are posts on here for making those..got a couple bucks into those with thrift store buys of rubber tubing and smaller rope,need to make a few more of those but have the material at hand..leftovers.Any adjustable clips on the nylon strapping were stolen off of old now-unused packs.
The above info is for reference use only..your hammock more than likely
will cost more!I don't think others are as good as scrounging as I am...
This will give you a good idea of what is needed as far as materials for one.Yes,the nylon strapping can be reduced and more rope(spectra cord) or line can be used in various places as far as tie-out lines,guylines,ridgeline or wherever one deems it possible to save money,weight,or for more strength.This is just a rough estimate of materials for one so you know what is needed and where it is needed.
The "serger" thread spool..holds an unending amount of thread!I got tired of buying expensive smaller spools and use the serger thread as my spool for the machine by just laying the thing behind the machine and sewing directly from that huge spool
filling all the bobbins I have of the same color(if using that one color only..I keep a couple other small bobbins empty for matching tent patch jobs when needed)..just another idea for saving money on thread costs.
It's a very good idea to buy at least a half dozen bobbins for your sewing machine if you are sewing tents or hammocks!
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