When Grace was in town a few weeks ago, we did a little shopping at some of the new shops in my neighborhood. While browsing the jewelry at Marisa Haskell, we noticed these beautiful striped beach towels piled in the corner. They were a steal at just $30 each, and I wanted to buy out the whole stock, but instead I prudently picked up one and decided to make a simple summer hammock for the corner of our backyard. The bright stripes felt so summery, but I wanted to fancy it up a little bit, so I added natural leather straps, which will darken over time in the sun. You could customize this with a number of different fabrics and even size it up for family hammock time, and in the meantime I’m on the hunt for an online resource for those towels..I’ll update the post if I find anything! Happy crafting :) — Kate
Read the full how-to after the jump . . .
- cotton beach towel/blanket or piece of fabric at least 40″ x 80″
- 1″ leather strapping (if your sewing machine cannot sew leather, nylon or canvas strapping would also work)
- mid- or heavyweight cotton muslin or canvas (at least 4″ x 40″)
- rope for hanging hammock (I used this)
- cotton twine
1. Lay out your beach towel and cut a 42″ x 80″ rectangle. Fold over 1″ on either long side to create a 40″ by 80″ rectangle, and sew up the sides.
2. Cut two 2″ strips from the rectangle of muslin/canvas and place one strip flush with the top of the hammock. Fold the fabric over the canvas and pin to create a sturdy 2″ hem. Repeat with the bottom edge.
4. Fold your strapping in half to create 3″ loops, and pin 10 loops each over the 2″ hems at the top and bottom of the hammock at even intervals (about every 5.25″). The ends of the loops should hit the 2″ seam.
5. Place the hammock front side up into the sewing machine and position the needle over the lower lefthand corner of the first loop. Sew one loop at a time, forming a box with a cross inside to firmly secure the leather loops. Repeat with each individual loop on both sides, cutting the extra threads after each one.
7. Create a huge loop with the loose ends of the strands and tie all strands into a big knot 30″ down the rope from the hammock. Cut the loose ends and wrap another length of rope around the loop (left side below). Then wrap thin cotton/bakers twine around the loop many times over until you have a solid, thick, clean loop (as seen on the right below). Repeat on the other side.