funky hammock,

Fashion a funky hammock

Is there anything more relaxing than the sight of a hammock swinging in the breeze? Note that we said sight, not feel – hammocks can be disappointingly uncomfortable without a pillowy layer to prop yourself up on. Though, we’re always thinking of crafty solutions at Homemaker, so we’ve devised a clever way to secure a headrest to the top of our hammock, whilst also giving it a fresh new look. We’ve used Laura Ashley and Cath Kidston fabric, but of course the design choice is entirely yours – oilcloth would be a fabulous option as it’s wipe clean and outside-friendly.

You’ll need:
    • Fabric, Laura Ashley: red gingham; Cath Kidston: red spot

    • Buttons, Bunyip Beads

    • Concealed zip

    • Wadding

    • Wooden dowel

    • Wooden knobs, 30mm

    • Emulsion paint, lime green

    • Epoxy resin glue

    • Sewing machine with matching thread

    • Tape measure, scissors, pins and iron

    1. First construct the wooden tab rod; cut the wooden dowel to the same length as the hammock struts. Glue wooden knobs to the ends of the dowel, then paint with emulsion paint and leave to dry.

    2. Cut out the fabric pieces: 72cm x 65cm rectangle from red gingham, then a 72cm x 14cm rectangle and ten 13cm x 20cm strips from red spot.

    3. Fold the strips in half lengthways with the right sides of the fabric facing, then stitch the two raw edges together with a 1cm seam allowance. To save time, carry on stitching all the tabs in one continuous line, cutting the chain between the tabs when all ten have been stitched. Turn the strips to the right side and press them flat.

    4. Fold the tabs in half to make a loop. Evenly distribute them along one of the 72cm edges of the gingham rectangle (approximately 1.5cm between each tab), one to sit 1.5cm away from each corner and the remainder equally between these outer two. Pin and then stitch each tab in place.

    5. Fold and press in 1cm along each of the 72cm sides of the spotty strip. Position this in the centre of the gingham rectangle, matching the two outer raw edges to the edges of the gingham. Pin and edge stitch in place. Neaten the raw edges right around the stitched piece by either overlocking or using the overlock stitch on your sewing machine.

    6. Fold the rectangle in half, matching the two 72cm edges together. Pin in place and stitch across the two ends, leaving a gap along the tabbed edge 3cm shorter than the length of your zip.

    7. Stitch the concealed zip into the opening using a zipper foot. Fold and press the 1.5cm seam allowance along the two sides of the opening. Open out the seam allowance, and with the right side of the fabric facing, place the opened zip face down, matching the teeth to the crease line in the seam allowance. Pin in place; you will need to uncurl the teeth with your finger tips as you stitch.

    8. It is impossible to sew to the end of a concealed zip so leave approximately 3cm of the zip base unstitched. Back stitch, then stitch the other side of the zip in place. Carefully thread the zip pull through to the right side and pull up to close.

    9. Stitch a button to the base of each tab, stitching through just one layer. Stuff the cushion cover with the wadding. Lay the completed cushion on the top of the hammock, then push a tab between each of the ties and thread the prepared rod through each tab (underneath the ties), securing the cushion to the hammock.