Picture this; It’s a Sunday afternoon. You are done with all your chores, the sun outside is shining, and you’re lying on a comfy hammock. You are reading a good book and holding a glass of prosecco in hand. Sounds dreamy, right? The good news is that you can learn how to make a hammock and make this fantasy a reality!
A hammock is an excellent addition to any garden. You have somewhere to relax and make the most of your outdoor space. Believe it or not, it’s pretty easy to make one yourself. All you need is the right tools and a couple of hours of your time. That way, you can save spending money buying the hammock and make it just the way you want. Follow our guide to create a dreamy resting spot for you, your family and friends in your outdoor living!
Step-by-step guide: How to make a fabric hammock
Using a solid and interesting piece of fabric, you can make a classic rope hammock to grace any space and upgrade your garden patio. Also, with that method, you won’t have to use a more expert technique, knotting and twines, as you would for a macrame hammock chair. Just follow this easy DIY tutorial and hang your new backyard hammock on a frame. Let’s start!
Step 1: Cut the fabric
Measure your fabric to 225 cm long and 130 cm wide, and then cut.
Step 2: Sew the seam allowance
Turn under the seam allowance at both the bottom and top of the fabric length. Make this 1.25 cm, do it twice and then sew in place using your sewing machine.
Step 3: Form the ropes’ casing
To form the casing for the ropes, turn in 6.25cm on each side, along the long side, and do that twice. Then, sew in place.
Step 4: Measure and pin
Measure across each short end’s tab-top tape and cut. Then, pin in place at each end, turn under and stitch to the first piece of fabric. For extra strength, use strong stitching and do 2 rows.
Step 5: Drill the dowel
Cut the piece into 2 even halves. Drill an 8mm hole at each end and 3cm in from the ends.
Step 6: Get the dowels in place
Push the first half through the hammock’s base tabs. Then, thread the other one through the top end.
Step 7: Prepare and place the rope
- Cut it to 9 meters and singe the ends to stop fraying. To do so, you may use a candle flame, lighter or hot plate.
- Place your DIY hammock on a flat surface like the floor.
- Thread the rope patiently through the first hole of 1 dowel. Then push it all the way down the casing and up through the exact opposite hole at the hammock’s other long end.
- Pull your rope over and leave about 1.5 meters of it out. Then, thread the rest of it down through the other hole on the same short side and then through the casing down to the other one’s hole at the front end.
- The rope’s 2 loose ends should measure about 1 meter each. If needed, adjust.
Step 8: Tighten the rope
- Hold the rope’s one end about 8 cm from its end.
- Pull it back on itself so that the weave opens.
- Push the singed end of the rope into the open weave at least 40-50 cm.
- Press down on the rope, and then tug tight. It should now stay embedded and not pull apart.
- You may also tie a firm knot instead.
Step 9: Complete your DIY project
- Repeat the same process at the end with the arc.
- Cut the rope in half.
- Wind the ends around the dowel at one third and two-thirds points of it.
- Open the weave as above and feed in the other rope end.
- Pull tight to seal.
- You may also not create the loop. Instead, tie large knots at the entry of the dowel point to prevent the rope from slipping through. Then tie each one of its loose ends around a large object like a tree trunk or hang from hammock hangers attached to porch poles.
Step 10: Adjust
To ensure evenness, you may need to adjust. To hang your hammock, attach the ropes on each end to a carabiner or metal loop with a double knot. Hang it on the hammock frame by looping it around the frame holes. You can also hang it through a hammock stand, adjust, and create your own DIY hammock stand. You’re done!
Simple tarp or blanket camping hammock tutorial
Do you need a simple hammock that will be lightweight, portable and great if you need to camp in the woods? Follow this no-sew tutorial to make it in no time and place it beside your camping chairs!
Select a tarpaulin, blanket, drop cloth, bed sheet or even a large beach towel to make this hammock. Let’s continue imagining you are using a tarp.
Cut the tarp to size, although this is optional. Keep in mind that you should allow for sag in the middle, below your feet and above your head before starting to cut.
Pull one tarp’s end together in a bunch. Then, tie this together with a lark’s head knot or clove hitch using a strong rope.
- Wrap your rope around a tree several times.
- Send it across to the opposite tree or anchor point.
- Repeat the tying process at the tarp’s other end to ensure a taut line is drawn above the hammock bed. You can later pull this on to get in and out of the hammock. It also offers a place to hang a rain fly and provides shade.
- You can always cut the rope and keep the head and foot sections separate if you don’t want the fly rope.
Do you want to take your relaxation game to another level and upgrade your home decor? Make your own hammock! You can save your hard-earned money and make one in no time. Also, there’s something special about the feeling of accomplishment when you make something yourself. Follow our instructions, but keep in mind that if you want your hammock to hold two people or more, you should always make adjustments so that it can be sturdy. It will be a great accent piece for your backyard and is also functional—a win-win! After you’re done with your project, all you need to do is stretch your legs and get comfy!