DIY Hammock

DIY Hammock @themerrythoughtWhat better way is there to spend a lazy summer afternoon than hanging in a cozy hammock – by the creek, no less! I’m dreaming of being back here while I’m sitting behind my desk at work today. This DIY takes a few hours to make but is totally worth it! Plus, it’s pretty lightweight and you can roll it up and take it on all of your adventures with you!
DIY Hammock @themerrythought What you need:
-Canvas Drop Cloth (I used the leftovers from the Hanging Lounge Chair.)
-Sewing Machine
1/2″ Grommet Kit
-Trim (I got 3 yds worth)
-Rope (Look for 250+lb weight limit)
-Metal Hoop or Carabiner with appropriate weight capacity

How to make it:
-Cut 4′ x 7′ piece of canvas.
**-If long sides aren’t finished already (mine came stitched) double fold about 1/4″ in and straight stitch.
-On short ends, double fold 1.5″ flaps and iron. Make sure you’re folding down toward the underside of the canvas. Straight stitch 1/4″ in from the inside of the fold.
-Zig-zag stitch the trim to the long sides of the canvas.
-Measure out holes for 9 grommets, evenly spaced, on each end of the hammock. Follow instructions on the grommet kit to attach grommets. *Using a heavy hammer will help cut the hole for the grommet.
-Cut 18 pieces of 7′ long rope. Put a rope through each of the grommets and pull all of the ends together.
-Loop ends around the metal hoop and secure with an extra piece of rope. I tied mine using the same technique I used for the straps of the Market Bag. Make sure to tie it as tight as possible.
-Hang it up!
DIY Hammock @themerrythoughtDIY Hammock @themerrythought I’m thinking we all deserve to spend the rest of our summer days relaxing in a hammock sipping some lemonade… right?

xo. Caitlin

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  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    colleenpastoor - What an awesome drop cloth DIY! I love the trim you chose.ReplyCancel

    • Friday, July 24, 2015 - 8:24 am

      Gloria Park - Whats a drop cloth?ReplyCancel

      • Monday, July 27, 2015 - 8:46 pm

        Caitlin McGrath - They are just large canvas cloths typically used during painting to protect floors. You can find them in the paint section of any home improvement stores.ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    salpal1 - NIce! I am currently working on a hybrid of your hanging daybed for a porch swing, made from pallets – I’ll let you know how that goes, and then perhaps a hammock is also in my future, you sure do make it sound easy!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:38 pm

    Peggy - I literally just found your blog through a series of links via pinterest and I can honestly say I am smitten… add to the fact that your girls live in western ny (my hubby grew up in the southern tier and his folks now live near the finger lakes), you have such a strong faith, and talent… oh my! Now I’m going to go back to reading… love the hammock! no trees here but am definitely storing this away for future reference.ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    Nash Khan - I can only dream of lounging in a place like that! <3ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 9:32 am

    Sandra Jastrzemski - I live in WNY now it really is a small world !!! Love this hammock hopefully it is that easy to make !!! Thanks !!!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 11:23 pm

    Schneb - Just a thought–if, instead of cutting 7′ sections of rope, the rope started in a corner grommet and ran continuously back and forth between grommets and the carabiner, it seems like that would allow the load to be spread evenly between the 9 strands. Maybe it’s not a problem, but I worry about one strand being just a bit longer, or somehow carrying more of the load, and pulling it’s grommet loose–and in a worse case scenario, once that grommet was loose the problem could repeat with other grommets. But if it’s been done and tested as you have it in the plans without any problems, then nevermind.ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 11:24 pm

    Schneb - But in any case, love the blog and this particular project. It’s on my ‘to do’ list (along with the DIY sleeping pad for camping). Thanks for sharing these projects.ReplyCancel

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