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 Post subject: Beginners hammock tutorial
 Post Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:59 pm 
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Ok, it's easy to assume everyine can do this, cos if you've been doing it for a while, it is easy. But when I started making my own hammocks, I really battled with some silly things. So here's a tutorials for absolute beginners. The only thing I'm assuming is that you know how to operate your own sewing machine. And with a bit of common sense, you can figure out how to do this by hand. I make all my hammocks by hand for months!

I make my hammocks using one layer of cotton and one layer of fleece in the winter. Summer they get 2 layers of cotton. I find that 2 layers of fleece doesn't work - they wreck the hammock trying to get in between the 2 layers. :roll: But do whatever works for you and your ratties.

To begin, you need 2 pieces of fabric, cut to the same size. In my case, one cotton, one fleece. You also need 4 small pieces of ribbon/binding/shoelace/something-or-other to make the loops with which you'll hang your hammock up.

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Now, place the 2 pieces of faric on top of one another, with the 'good' side facing inwards. So you can see the back of the fabric.

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Pin your 4 'loops' into the corners of the fabric, making sure you don't pin them right next to the edge, where you'll sew over them. You need to pin them inwards, like this.

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When I was starting out, I also found it handy to pin the edges of the 2 pieces of fabric together, like this.

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On one side, I put 2 perpendicular pins like this. It'll help you know where to start and stop when you start sewing. Put them about 5 - 7cm apart.

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Now it's time to sew. Start at the frst perpendicular pin, moving in the opposite direction to the second perpendicular pin. Think of those 2 pins as a kind of 'gate' where you're not allowed to sew between them!

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Sew about a centimeter, then reverse over it, and go forwards again. This makes the places where the thread ends a bit strudier, and less likely to come loose at any point.

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Now keep going, and sew around the piece of fabric, until you get to the other perpendicular pin. It's also a good idea to reverse over the loops, to make them more sturdy.

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Cut your thread, and you should have something like this (the rest is all sewn up).

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Pull out all the pins, and pull the hammock through the hole in the side, to turn it the right way round.

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Now you have something like this.

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But it's still got a hole in it.

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Using slipstitch, hand-sew the hole closed.

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When that's done, give yourself a pat on the back. You did it!

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