I was inspired to make this hammock for stuffed animals by those nets they sell for in the corner of a room. I just didn't want to buy one of those and because I have a lot of slanted ceilings, I couldn't really pick a corner of the room that I would have wanted one of those to go in anyways.
The one I made hangs right on the wall, a flat surface, and can hold basically a bajillion animals. Shockingly, Adrianne has SO many stuffed animals that I am considering making another one of these bad boys. The ones you see in the pictures are probably about half of what she actually has. With another baby on the way, I fear what numbers my future may hold.
Naturally, I had to photo document my entire process so that I could
Here we go!
Start off with a rectangle of fabric. (Ignore my wrinkles! This was just some scrap fabric I had lying around believe it or not. I think they added to the rustic appeal of my animal hammock...) Mine is probably about 4 or 5 feet long, 3-4 feet wide. I didn't measure, I just went with it. The size you will want will depend on how big you want your hammock to be.
As I'm sure you could see from the picture above this one, first we are going to just hem the top and bottom edges (the long sides) of the fabric. So just fold the edge over twice and sew it down to make a quick, basic finished edge.
On the shorter sides, fold over the edge about a half inch or so...
Then fold it over again about two or three inches.
And pin it down!
That's right...the whole edge. This is going to be a wide tube-like thing that we can thread some ribbon through...You'll see.
How did you guess? Yep, sew it down, close to the edge as possible to make sure you get that first fold sewn down and to leave you with the widest possible "tube."
Go ahead and do the same exact thing to the opposite side as well.
Now, you're going to need some thick ribbon. Or in my case, some long strips of fabric meant to act like ribbon. You may want to use fabric strips if you want the whole thing to have the same color/pattern. If you do, you may also want to hem the sides, it just depends on how pristine you want it to look. Again, I was kind of going for rustic.
We are going to thread the ribbon/fabric through the tube-y thing we just made. So I recommend wrapping the ribbon/fabric around the end of a chopstick or dowel or pencil, anything long and skinny really. Then use that to guide you. Trust me, it'll make your life much, much easier.
So go on and shove that ribbon through there, like so.
It should look like this when you've got it all the way through. Hope that part didn't give you too much grief! 'Cause you have to do the other side too...
Now, just simply make a knot...
And tighten it as much as possible.
NOW if you make another double knot, just leaving about an inch or so of space in between the two knots, you'll have a nice little hole to slip a hook through when you're hanging it.
It doesn't look like much right now, but this thing can hold a LOT. Don't be afraid to go crazy, stuffed animals aren't THAT heavy. Look at how many I got into mine.
Well, I hope this helped you out! I know it helped me!
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