How to make your own hammock using a tablecloth

You and your Scouts can make your own hammock using the same high-quality fabric major brands use.

First, purchase a 60 x 126-inch crinkle taffeta nylon tablecloth for as little as $12. Watch the video instructions below and learn to make end channels just like the ones you’ll find in pro hammocks.

Find more detailed instructions here. Making hammocks can be a great patrol activity!

Author Derek Hansen is an Arizona Scoutmaster and hammock-camping enthusiast who first used a hammock at age 14 at the BSA’s Beaver High Adventure Base in Utah. He’s the author of The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping (2011) and the website, The Ultimate Hang


  1. We make our own hammocks out of 4 yards of ripstop nylon and strapping. All it takes is a sheetbend knot at either end and the kids have a hammock. And no sewing. Our Venturing Crew does a lot of hammock camping and this enables each kid–in less than an hour–to have their own hammock.

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