For some people the idea of a relaxing afternoon lazing on a hammock is ideal. Just the thought of the breeze in your hair as you float softly across the space is soothing. If you are looking forward to your own relaxing afternoon, consider making a hammock. All you need to do is follow these instructions.
- 3 yards durable fabric, 40 - 46 inches wide
- 50 feet rope 3/8 inch non-stretchable
- Sewing machine and thread
- Measuring tape
Prepare the fabric. Measure then cut the fabric to a rectangle eight feet long by 40-46 inches wide. Then sew a hem on both long sides. This is the basic hammock shape. Adjust it to a shorter length if the user is small or a child.
Create the end loop. Start at one of the ends (the short sides). Fold the fabric over 3/8 of an inch. Then fold again 2 inches in the same direction. This creates a hem and a loop.
Sew along the folded 3/8-inch to create the hem. You now have a neat loop and hem. Then create a double row of stitches just to make sure the loop will be secure once weight is added.
Repeat steps two and three on the other end. Make sure the loop on each end is secure or you may find yourself on the ground once you get comfortable in your hammock.
Thread the rope through each end loop. Cut your 50 feet of rope in half to create two 25 feet lengths. Thread one rope through each loop at the ends of the hammock.
Attach the hammock to trees or posts with secure knots. Each end of the hammock will need to be tied with very secure knots to a tree or secure post in your yard. The ideal spacing with this size hammock is ten to twelve feet apart so that the hammock can hang in an arc between the two posts or trees. Make sure the ground below is free of rocks and roots in case you fall out during your nap.
Stretch out in your new hammock and relax. Try some lemonade or take along a good book to read while lounging in your hammock.
Hammocks are a great place to while away the afternoon. If you're lucky your spot will be well positioned between two trees that provide adequate shade to enjoy the day.