Before You Start
Step 1: Cut the Tabs
Step 2: Fold the Tabs
Step 3: Secure the Tabs
Step 4: Sew the Hammock
Step 5: Thread the Rings for the Ends
Step 6: Bundle the Rope
Step 7: Secure the Ropes
This project was completed using a sewing machine to join two 48-in. x 80-in. main pieces of heavy fabric such as denim or dyed calico with tabs at the ends and 2-in. tassel edging along the sides. We then looped 1/4-in. rope through pairs of 1 1/2-in. metal rings, tied the ends to the tabs and secured the rings to a tree branch using 1/2-in. rope.
Cut tabs into 24 pieces of 5-in. x 8-in.; then, fold the short ends to the center of the wrong side.
Fold tabs in half to enclose the ends. Use an iron to press; then, sew both sides 3/16-in. from the edge.
Fold them in half to form loops, and loosely hand-stitch the raw ends to the right side of the 48-in. x 80-in. fabric, 1-in. in from the sides and 2-in. apart. Loosely hand-stitch the fringing along the edges of the side, with the tassels towards into the center.
Position the other 48-in. x 80-in. piece on the first, right sides together, and sew around with a 1/2-in. seam allowance. Leave a 8-in. opening along one side to turn the hammock right side out then sew around the edges using a zigzag stitch.
Cut 12 pieces of 1/4-in. diameter rope 80-in. long then thread six pieces through each pair of rings. Fold the rope in half at the rings then double back 6-in. of a 40-in. length of 1/8-in. cord and position the loop about 2 1/2-in. below the rings.
Hold the cord and wrap it tightly around the bundled rope, working from the ring end with one end of the cord protruding. Thread the bottom end of the cord through the loop and pull the other end to tighten. Secure with a drop of superglue.
Tie the ends of the rope to the hammock using bowline knots by making a loop in the rope, threading the end through the tab then the loop of the rope, around the front and back into the loop, pulling in opposite directions to tighten.
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