How to Make a Sunbrella® Fabric Hammock Video

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Hammocks are a universal symbol of casual relaxation. When you imagine lying in a hammock, it’s peaceful. Bring the calm of a hammock to your own backyard by making one yourself. Making a hammock can be as simple or as challenging as you want it to be depending on the style you choose. We’re going to share with you two methods for making your own hammock from scratch with professional results!

Learn how to DIY a hammock with Sunbrella fabric

There are countless ways to create a hammock from the very simple sling style, to knotted rope, and quilted slings. In our video, we outline how to make a simple sew hammock and a slightly more complex, quilted version. When making a fabric hammock, you want to be sure to choose a fabric that is strong enough to support human weight. We used a Sunbrella® Awning Fabric, but a Sunbrella Marine Grade would also be a great choice.

Sewing the fabric sling is only one part of building the hammock--you’ll also need a way to hang and support it. In the video, we show you how to create a hammock harness. To make the harness you need to weave the support ropes, and attach them to a wooden spreader bar. Then you can hang the hammock to a metal support frame or between two trees or sturdy posts.

This video also contains a section on how to make detachable pillows for your hammock. Since the hammock we made is sized for two people, we made a double pillow that runs the full width of the hammock when attached.

Full Materials & Tools Lists:

Making a Hammock Harness (0:40 min.)

  • 340 ft. 1/8” Dacron Leechline Rope #21209
  • 2 Stainless Steel #3 D-Rings #45697
  • 2 Oak or Cedar Spreader Bars (1-1/2” x 3/4” x 62”)
  • 12 ft. 1/4” Polyester 3-Strand Rope #21302
  • 1 Wood pallet
  • 27 wood screws
  • Drill press with 1/4" bit
  • Dowel rod
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Saw
  • Wood stain & varnish
  • Sailrite Edge Hotknife #103800

Making an Easy Sunbrella Hammock (17:36 min.)

  • 3 yards of 60” fabric (we used Sunbrella Marine Grade Toast #6028-0000)
  • V-92 Polyester, Tenara or Sailrite Thread
  • Seamstick 3/8” Basting Tape #129
  • 48 #1 Spur Grommets #26315
  • Sewing Machine
  • Deluxe Magnetic Sewing Guide #103597
  • #1 Spur Die Set #18202
  • #1 Hole Cutter #18210
  • Premium Cutting Block #103642
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Making a Pleated Polyester-Filled Sunbrella Hammock (24:32 min.)

  • 6 yd. of 60” fabric or 9 yd. of 46” fabric (we used Sunbrella Kiawah Spa Awning Stripe #4868-0000)
  • V-92 Polyester, Tenara or Profilen Thread
  • Seamstick 3/8” Basting Tape #129
  • 3 yd. 55” Batting #100158
  • 48 #1 Spur Grommets #26315
  • 2 Harken Forged 1/4” D Shackles #122108
  • Sewing Machine
  • Deluxe Magnetic Sewing Guide #103597
  • Multi Use Pins #103985
  • #1 Spur Die Set #18202
  • #1 Hole Cutter #18210
  • Premium Cutting Block #103642
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Making a Hammock Pillow (42:48 min.)

  • 1 yd. 60” fabric or 2 yd. 46” fabric
  • V-92 Polyester, Tenara or Profilen Thread
  • Seamstick 3/8” Basting Tape #129
  • 1 yd. 55” Batting #100158
  • Sewing Machine
  • Deluxe Magnetic Sewing Guide #103597
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Who’s ready to relax in a hammock? Thinking of making one yourself? Share your hammock memories, ideas and sewing tips with us in the comments!