It was definitely easier than I thought it would be. though I did make some significant errors which I now know to avoid in the future. I basically knew that this was to be a learning experience more than anything, but the final product is still functional even with the "problems".
Just curious what problems you ran into...
I add sleeping bag zippers for mine and ended up learning it was easier to just sew the ends together on top beyond the zippers,creating a sleeve at the ends with a hanging loop out the end of nylon strap,whip finish it out to seal around the nylon.I can always change the ends out by cutting off the whip finish and doing it again.
I have a separate ridgeline that runs through a couple grommets in the bugmesh about 8" up from the ends...always have tight adjustable bugmesh
and a line to hang stuff from on carabiners..like flashlights,clock,wet socks,etc..always easy to find;just reach up,find the line,and run your hand down it in the dark until you find what you want.I need to make a swinging beer caddy...
I use a couple sets of separate nylon "tree hugger" hammock hanging straps(common for all my hammocks) because our trees are usually pretty large here and wider straps keep fiesty rangers happy that fear lines cutting tree bark...You can also make some short sections(18"-24") of 2" wide strap "tree protectors" with velcro loops for the back sides of trees..if you have problems with rangers where you are...
We only have a few hammock people around here so the rangers kind of check things out when you do hang from trees.The more you do to protect the trees,they don't question anything..or make you sleep with your hammock in the dirt.I usually have to mention I plan on using a hammock when I'm in Olympic National Park to make sure the spot is okay for those.
Side Pockets:..I take a piece of nylon about 18"x36",roll the perimeter 1/2" all the way around it and sew it that way..then fold it in half the long way leaving the back edge 1" taller than the front and sew up the ends.Figure how many pockets you want and sew up and down at 6-12" intervals then attach it to the back wall oppsite the side you get into..right below the bugmesh..handy pockets for stuff you won't sleep on..Figure about 1oz
of extra weight(for 2oz nylon)..is it worth it?You bet!Socks,hat,book,maps,beer,night slippers,..at your fingertips!
I tried putting one end with velcro so I could move it around inside..wasn't worth the hassle because it pulls off if your bag gets on it so I tacked the top as I said..works great now.
If you have any suggestions,problem eliminations or ideas..it's best to post them so others can benefit if they decide to make one.