We think it’s safe to say that everyone enjoys some relaxation outdoors. Who wouldn’t want to find solace in a shaded area with a cool glass of lemonade in one hand and a great book in the other? Lindsey over at Outside Mom has graciously provided us with an amaze diy project that is so simple in concept, but will make such a difference in our lives. If you have a backyard that is in great need of a little sprucing, try creating your own hammock. We promise you will not only enjoy it, but thank Lindsey as it will reward you with great summer naps. According to her post, there are two ways to make this project (with or without a sewing machine) so we are going to focus on the no-sew method.
to view the Make Your Own Hammock project on Outside Mom
- A piece of fabric roughly 7+ feet long and at least 3 1/2 feet wide. You can get creative with the sizing. Lindsey used sturdy cotton fabric as well as twin sized sheets from the thrift store. Note: make sure the sheet is fairly new, or it might rip through in the middle of the night when your sleeping above your sons head. Just trust me on that.
- Cord, rope or webbing. You’ll need about 2-3 feet for each side. You can buy scraps at REI for pretty cheap. Lindsey used tubular webbing or accessory cord.
- 3-4 feet of something like this 3mm utility cord.
Step 1: Fold over one of the ‘short’ ends of your fabric to make a 8 inch (non sewed) hem.
Step 2: About 2 inches from the edge of the hem, gather the fabric from both sides. Hold with your fist.
Step 3: Tie a loop with your cord, leaving a 3-4 inch tail (do this before you gather the fabric).
Step 4: Wrap the cord around the hammock where your fist is. Thread the end of the cord through the loop.
Step 5: Cinch the loop down and wrap the cord tightly around the hammock 3-4 times.
Step 6: Tie the two ends of the cord together using your favorite sturdy knot.
Step 7: Thread the webbing. You can thread it through by hand, or the easiest way is tape the webbing to a yard stick and push the webbing through the hem as seen in Hammock 1.
Step 8: Tie a knot in your webbing, repeat steps on the other side. Your hammock is ready.