How to Make DIY Hammock Swing

How to Make DIY Hammock Swing

Some things can instantly turn an ordinary space in your home into a cozy nook like a hammock for example. Look at this DIY hammock swing and you can see how it imparts a homey vibe to this small corner of the house. Whether placed indoor or outdoor, it can be a relaxing feature where people can lay back and relax while taking in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

The author of this tutorial shares that she was inspired to make this project because she wanted to give her kids something to work on, something that will “nurture their creativity” and at the same time, “teach them independence”. She figured this project suited her older son who enjoys reading a lot, and often looks for a tranquil space when he wants some peace and quiet away from his talkative sister.

You don’t need to have a talkative sister to want to make this worthwhile project. Here are the supplies and tools that you will need:

  • 1 1/4″ x 3′ oak dowel
  • 3/8″ x 16′ braided polypropylene
  • 2 yards plain canvas
  • 80 mm stainless steel spring snap link that can hold up to 220 lbs
  • 3/16″ stainless steel quick link that can hold up to 660 lbs
  • Black fabric paint
  • Paint brush
  • Drill and 3/8″ drill bit
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Shears
  • Ruler
  • Lighter

First step: Fold the canvas in half. Lay flat with the fold on the left. You can see how it’s done in the post below. Measure in and mark seven inches from the top right edge. Use a yard stick to draw a line from that mark to the bottom right corner. Cut through both pieces and open the canvas.

Second step: Fold the top edge down at one half inch and iron it flat. Fold again at one half inch and iron again. Pin and stitch the bottom part of the fold. Do the same for the long bottom edge.

Third step: Flip canvas 90 degrees to the left. This way, the longest edge will be on the right side. Create pockets where the rope will go through. Fold the corn in about one and one-half inch and iron it flat. Fold the unhemmed top edge in one-half inch and iron.

Fourth step: Stitch the two lines along the bottom folded edge and reinforce with back stitches. Do the same for the other side. Mark two inch and four inch from both ends of the dowel. Drill through. Sand the rough edges. Place canvas on the cardboard and design it the same way as show in the photo.

Fifth step: Tie knot at one end of the rope so that there is about three inch tail. Melt the end using a lighter to avoid fraying. Thread down through the outer hole of the oak dowel and increase the widest corner of one side to the narrow corner on top. Once you’re done securing the canvas with the rope, it’s time to hang it!

For the complete tutorial with photos, check out this post below.

How to Make DIY Hammock Swing