How to Make a Hammock

How to Make a Hammock

Have you ever been in a situation where you need to know how to make a hammock? Camping and hiking are hard enough when you bring everything you need with you on your trip, but have you ever left something important behind at home? For most people, it’s usually a toothbrush or a deodorant, but an important essential that most people don’t think about is actually a hammock! Hammocks are essential for places to sleep when the ground is unsafe, or even just when you need a place to rest in the middle of your trip. They’re a good safety tool, and when you’re not using them for camping, you can use them at home.

Figure out how you can make your own hammock below by following a few short and easy steps.

Finding the Right Materials

Blond woman in a red and black hammock overlooking the forest and mountains

The first step to making your own hammock is choosing the right material. The material you chose is completely dependent on how you want your hammock to feel and how you want it to look. The most popular hammock materials are polyester and ripstop nylon. Both of these materials hold up well in all types of weather and are not as likely to rip under stress. 

Along with your fabric, you’ll need:

  • A sewing machine 
  • An outdoor grade thread 
  • A sturdy rope
  • A coat hanger to help feed the rope through the hammock later. 
  • Scissors
  • Tape

How to Make a Hammock: Sewing the Fabric

While sewing can be tedious, it is necessary to ensure the security of your hammock. First, start with a large rectangle cloth that is at least your height plus 2-4 feet on either side of the rectangle. At least a foot of the fabric will disappear when you bunch the ends of the fabric later in the sewing process, so make sure that the fabric is a comfortable length. If you feel like the rectangle you have is too big when you start, you can always cut it down later. 

To start making your camping hammock, make a rolled hem around the long edges of your fabric about ½ inch wide. Next, around the shorter edges of the fabric, hem the edges the same way, except this time, make the hem about an inch to 1 ½ inch wide. The width of your hem depends on the type of rope you choose to use and how big it is. This hem will create a channel that you will feed the rope through.

How to Make a Hammock: Feeding the Rope Through

Take the coat hanger and wrap the rope around one end of the straightened hanger and tape it to secure it in place. Using the hanger, feed it through the channel until the rope is all the way through to the other side. Once the rope is through the channel, pull the rope taut so that the fabric bunches together. Using scissors, cut the ends of a rope that sticks out of either side of the channel so that about a foot of rope sticks out. 

How to Make a Hammock: Making a “Whipped” End

Take the ends of the rope that stick out and wrap them around the bunched fabric at the end of the fabric. Make sure to pull the ropes as tight as you can so that the “whipped” ends are secure. Do this to both sides of the shorter edges of the fabric. 

How to Make a Hammock: Attaching the Rope

Attach more rope to the whipped ends in order to create your suspension lines. These are the ropes from which your hammock will hang. Be sure to purchase a line that can support your weight or more. The last thing you want is a rude awakening in the middle of the night due to your line snapping. 

How to Make a Hammock: Tying it All Together

Man's legs and feet in a gray and red hammock in the forest

Once securing your suspension line, you can now tie your hammock between two sturdy trees or posts. When selecting a tree, be sure to make sure that there is no wildlife that will be disturbed by the extra weight. Ensure that your hammock is not too far from the ground when you hang it, because there is always a chance that you may fall from the hammock. 18 inches at the highest is a good rule of thumb when tying your hammock. 

How to Make a Hammock: Conclusion

After the last step, you are now able to enjoy going camping now that you know how to make a hammock! Also, feel free to add accessories, like underquilts or sleeping bags, to make your hammock more comfortable. You can personalize your hammock to also have pockets for things you want to keep close such as a pocket knife, sunglasses, etc. If after reading this article you determine that you just want to buy a hammock, you can try some of the best camping hammocks like ENO Hammocks and Puroma Camping Hammocks.

Regardless of what you choose, be sure to do your research to make, or find, the hammock that is best for you. 

Written by: Nina Rachal

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