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Make a Hammock and Relax

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This weekend, take some time to escape from the business and stress of your daily grind and make a hammock and lay around in it.

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The Urban Hammock

Watch the video and print out this snazzy PDF.  Now get to it!  You’re going to need a few other materials to create this project:

  1. 3 1/2 Yards of durable fabric. (less if you’re shorter than me – I’m 6’1″)
  2. Rope that is rated to hold humans.  Climbing rope or that kind of strapping that’s used to tie down stuff on the back of pickup trucks. Use better judgment than I did.  Clothesline is not an option! (My butt still hurts!)
  3. Sewing machine and thread.

Make a double folded hem for the sides and a tube at the top and the bottom.  Go ahead and customize it if you like.  On one of the hammocks I made for a friend, I added pockets!

Make sure to take photos and upload them to flickr and put them in the Etsy in Action flickr pool.

Safety: As you can see in the video, you do this project at your own risk. In retrospect, I wish I had used better rope rated for holding up humans and also had my hammock closer to the ground so I wouldn’t have fallen so far! I’m going to go get some climbing rope or strapping to avoid hurting myself again. (I bruised my butt!)

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  • baileydoesntbark

    baileydoesntbark says:

    the speedo.....

    5 years ago

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf says:

    Woohoo I'm ready for hanging! Thanks for the awesome hammock Bre.

    5 years ago

  • marymary Admin

    marymary says:

    Wow, that was so hilarious, I am sitting here laughing so hard! I loved watching you fall in slow motion......oh man hahahahaha.

    5 years ago

  • rosiepink

    rosiepink says:

    The hammock is great! Sorry about your fall and we hope you didn't hurt your back. We'll learn from you and use climbing rope!

    5 years ago

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace says:

    oh my gosh ... that Kanoe baby hammock is sooo intriguing!!

    5 years ago

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace says:

    hee hee! I just noticed the NYPD patrol car pulling over in the first picture - did he/she request that you stop obstructing the sidewalk?! What a hoot!

    5 years ago

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar says:

    I'll be in my Pawley's Island hammock this weekend~~~~~

    5 years ago

  • littlepurls

    littlepurls says:

    awesome video bre! hilarious slow motion falling. i'm a sucker for slapstick.

    5 years ago

  • fricdementol

    fricdementol says:

    ahahahahah brilliant video! :D

    5 years ago

  • Iheartmoustaches Admin

    Iheartmoustaches says:

    I watched that funny part like 27 times! And I love that you included a banana hammock in your related items. ha!

    5 years ago

  • wildflowerdesigns

    wildflowerdesigns says:

    cool article, but it makes me sad when you feature an item that does not comply with etsy's rules

    5 years ago

  • wendyvee

    wendyvee says:

    Ummmm . . . Bre, I hope they provided you with a "bail allowance".

    5 years ago

  • interrobang

    interrobang says:

    This is... astounding.

    5 years ago

  • KnitStorm

    KnitStorm says:

    owchies...

    5 years ago

  • dangerousmezzo

    dangerousmezzo says:

    Thanks for promoting someone reselling something. Nice job.

    5 years ago

  • aorta

    aorta says:

    wildflowerdesigns says: cool article, but it makes me sad when you feature an item that does not comply with etsy's rules -------- my sentiments exactly.

    5 years ago

  • katinkapinka

    katinkapinka says:

    cool! i'm totally going to make, like, 567,899 of these for my backyard and invite all my friends over to "hang" out. ROCK!

    5 years ago

  • NOSSUBGALLERY

    NOSSUBGALLERY says:

    Reselling a used hanging baby cradle allowed in Etsy? Come on! Please edit yourselves before posting.

    5 years ago

  • brepettis

    brepettis says:

    rosiepink, knitstorm, ya I bruised my butt... I'm fine though, thanks! shopgoodgrace, the police car just passed me. Everybody who passed me was like, "you got the right idea!" My favorite passerby comment was, "If only that lightpost was a coconut tree!" wendyvee, LOL! wildflowerdesigns, dangerousmezzo, aorta, NOSSUBGALLERY, thanks, got it, next time please convo me with issues instead of leaving comments as flags. aorta again, I still wear the modified shirt I bought from you, it gets compliments all the time. I love it! katinkapinka, Pleeeeeeeease take pictures or tell me where you're doing this so I can come and join your "hammock in."

    5 years ago

  • whitefluffydogs

    whitefluffydogs says:

    hmmmm, I wonder if this is ready for primetime....

    5 years ago

  • 1AEON

    1AEON says:

    haha, just like you said!!

    5 years ago

  • fugsly

    fugsly says:

    If you shove some wooden poles or some such in the ends that thing will be a lot more comfy. Also, hahaha - I'm waiting to see little gif clips everywhere, lol

    5 years ago

  • sheridesthelion

    sheridesthelion says:

    great video!

    5 years ago

  • urbanlumberjack

    urbanlumberjack says:

    I feel awful about it, but I watched the fall about a dozen times. :-p

    5 years ago

  • aorta

    aorta says:

    thanks bre. thanks for removing the, uh, you-know-what, too.

    5 years ago

  • NOSSUBGALLERY

    NOSSUBGALLERY says:

    brepettis says: (in part) wildflowerdesigns, dangerousmezzo, aorta, NOSSUBGALLERY, thanks, got it, next time please convo me with issues instead of leaving comments as flags. -------------- brepettis, thanks, I got it, I don't think you've got it. Do your due diligence before you post and follow he Etsy rules so no one would have to convo or wrie you. And by the way, why is the item in question still listed in the seller's shop?

    5 years ago

  • ebbandflo

    ebbandflo says:

    the little gif clips have already hit the market! sir - you are a legend in your own lunchtime!

    5 years ago

  • gemmafactrix

    gemmafactrix says:

    If you shove some wooden poles or some such in the ends that thing will be a lot more comfy. --- yep, you can get dowel rods at just about any hardware store, and they'll be the perfect length.

    5 years ago

  • annakt

    annakt says:

    i can only imagine that this how-to video is really a 'how-not-to' video (and associated related items kerfuffles). right? i mean, a real how-to video would be vetted. and would be...instructional and accurate and stuff. right? so this is a joke. it has to be. ...right?

    5 years ago

  • foxaz

    foxaz says:

    thinking about shoving wooden poles in the ends. Old recycled broomsticks would work..

    5 years ago

  • dearbirthday

    dearbirthday says:

    omg. so awesome. i'm inspired!

    5 years ago

  • elbowyoyo

    elbowyoyo says:

    How sad. The offending hammock (someone reselling a used one) is no longer featured with this article --- yet it is STILL listed on Etsy.

    5 years ago

  • morriganTOO

    morriganTOO says:

    You might want to try making this hammock instead: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2007/05/how_to_instant_hammock.html It doesn't require borrowing your Grandmother's sewing machine. In fact, it doesn't require sewing at all. Take note of the rope used, it's a tad thicker than clothesline.

    5 years ago

  • JDStar

    JDStar says:

    OMG, I am SO NOT buying another hammock! This is awesome! I can't wait to go pick some fabric! ~JDStar

    5 years ago

  • brepettis

    brepettis says:

    MorriganToo, That hammock is awesome! Foxaz, I like that idea. After my experience, I'm tempted to go even farther and go for aluminum or steel! :)

    5 years ago

  • mydesertstudio

    mydesertstudio says:

    I'm so completely astounded by this video, I'm nearly speechless. I just have to say, doesn't anyone think about the possible consequences of someone getting hurt on one of these? Your fall onto concrete might be funny, but someone else's might not. It all seems irresponsible to me.

    5 years ago

  • foxaz

    foxaz says:

    do you have any permanent injuries, Brepettis? Because there's always Workman's Comp...

    5 years ago

  • Swoon

    Swoon says:

    Hilarious! Can't wait to see the others!! Ebb you are right; I predict 'Petting' will become the new 'Rickrolling' ;-)

    5 years ago

  • LoopyDolls

    LoopyDolls says:

    Ouch! That fall looked painful!

    5 years ago

  • PussDaddy

    PussDaddy says:

    7/3/08 at 11:47p.m. aorta says: wildflowerdesigns says: cool article, but it makes me sad when you feature an item that does not comply with etsy's rules -------- my sentiments exactly. ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; How does it not comply? Just curious.

    5 years ago

  • PussDaddy

    PussDaddy says:

    I swear, I only hit submit once. I have no idea why it posted twice.

    5 years ago

  • natorious

    natorious says:

    this is hilarious! Last year I made a very similar hammock (out of rip-stop nylon & climbing webbing) that hangs INSIDE my Jeep Wrangler - pretty cosy for middle-of-nowhere desert camping!

    5 years ago

  • prisma

    prisma says:

    Ohhhh! How hilarious, Bre! What happened at the very end with all the police? It looked like they stopped the hammockvention.

    5 years ago

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry says:

    LOL so glad I found this video this morning, had a great belly laugh!!! (pssst all you need is one of those blow up air filled kiddie pools under the hammock and your golden!) oh and the background music did put me at ease! :p

    5 years ago

  • craftsnicaragua

    craftsnicaragua says:

    Hi Friend you are invited to take a look to Nicaragua hammocks free shipping worldwide http://www.etsy.com/shop/craftsnicaragua?section_id=7734522

    3 years ago