Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a seamstress to make this backyard hammock. I’ll show you can make one in less than an hour in three easy steps. And you’ll still have time to take a nap in it! Take a look.
We have gone through a lot of hammocks in our house. They always seem to get holes in them. So, I thought I’d try my luck at making our own and save a little bit of money. Little did I know how easy it really was.
Step 1: Fold, pin and sew
Rummage through your linen closet and find an old queen- or king-size bed sheet that you don’t use anymore. Lay it on the ground and fold it in half lengthwise (like a hot dog). Then, pin the side that is open. Then sew the entire side.
Step #2: Fold, pin and sew again
Now, fold the short side up about 5 inches, then pin and sew. You’re making a loop to thread a rope through. Then repeat this step on the opposite side as well. You’ll want to sew across this section about 5 or 6 times. You’ll want it to be nice and strong to hold the weight of an adult.
When you’re done sewing, you should be able to loop a rope through both ends. Easy peasy.
Step #3: Hang your hammock
Now, find a spot to hang your hammock. The most obvious place is between two trees, but you can also hang it in a bedroom, in a tree house or use a hammock stand.
Using a strong rope, loop it through one end of the hammock and then tie it to the first tree. Then, loop the other side with a tie down and secure it to the second tree. You can still use a rope for the second tree, but the tie downs allow you to adjust how high it hangs from the ground.
Now you’re done! Holy cow. Wasn’t that easy? Be sure to kick your feet up and enjoy a good book or a snooze in your new hammock.
Do you have any ideas to making your own hammock? Leave your comments below.
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