How to Make Hammocks
An outdoor hammock conjures up warm days on a beach vacation. With this idea in mind, bring that feeling of relaxation to your yard with a hammock that suits your particular needs. There are a variety of materials you can use and options for how to put it together too. While hammocks can be found all over the internet and perhaps in a local store, creating your own DIY hammock will save you money and you may even be able to make it with supplies you already have on hand.
This article features two techniques for making an outdoor hammock to put in your own yard. The first technique is a bit more complex, featuring grommets and ropes to keep it hanging in the air, while the second method is more simplistic and perfect for the traveling relaxer.
The Grommet Method
Step 1 - Sew Ends
Begin this DIY by adding grommets to your fabric, but first you'll want to reinforce it. Along the shortest edge of your fabric, fold once and sew in a line, reinforcing its strength. Use strong thread and sew at least two rows of stitches. Hammock hold a lot of weight and you don't want the seam to pop open.
Step 2 - Punch Holes
Starting an inch from the folded and sewn edge, use a fabric hole punch tool to poke a series of evenly-spaced holes, and place grommets in the spaces created. You can use any size of grommet that you prefer, but make sure they are large enough for the rope you select.
Step 3 - Repeat for Other End
Repeat this process on the opposite end of the fabric.
Step 4 - Add Rope for Hanging
Now that your holes are secured, it's time to add rope elements that will let the project suspend in the air. After tying a knot in one end, weave your rope in an over-and-under pattern, leaving slack in every other set. It's this slack which will be bound together and hung at the completion of the project.
Step 5 - Gather and Hang
After doing the above step on the other side of your fabric, bunch the excess rope from every other grommet, and bind them using a carabiner or an o-ring. Your hammock is now ready for relaxation.
The Bungee Cord Method
This second method of crafting an outdoor hammock mirrors the first in that it is sewn. However, it utilizes a drawstring method, making it is both easier to create and easier to take on the go.
Step 1 - Sew the Fabric
Take two large pieces of fabric and sew them together back-to-back along their edges to make seams. For a professional look, turn it inside out after sewing, as one would if making a pillowcase, hiding the excess material. Sew along the final edge.
A fun alternative—if each fabric is a different color, the inside and outside of the hammock will be different, adding a cool design element to the project.
Step 2 - Reinforce
Here we will reinforce the seam. It's always smart for safety purposes to reinforce the seams to ensure they won't break or loosen under weight. In this case, sew along the edges once more. Again, be sure you are using a high-quality thread.
Step 3 - Create End Seams
At each end, fold an inch of fabric and once again sew along the seams. This will form a channel in which your elastic cord will travel through. Reinforce all seams.
Step 4 - Feed the Elastic
As mentioned, run your elastic through each end's channel and tie it with a knot. If you're having a hard time getting the cord to progress through the opening, push a safety pin through the end of the cord and close it. This provides a target for your fingers and makes it easier to move the cord along.
To relax in your new hammock, simply fasten each end to a tall standing (and sturdy) object, relax, and relish your creativity.