Transformed :: Lazy Day Hammock

DIY Hammock by Claire Zinnecker, photos by Kate Stafford | Camille Styles

Claire here, and even though this time of year is all about winding down and soaking up the sun, it’s hard to believe how fast the summer’s whirling by. So for this month’s installment of Transformed, I set out to create something that would force me to catch my breath and relax: a do-it-yourself hammock! Earlier this week, Kate and I woke up early and took a trip out to The Greenbelt to snap up these photos, but I’m planning on suspending the hammock in my backyard to enjoy it all summer long. This design is super easy to recreate, and best of all, can be fully personalized by incorporating different lace and trim details… keep reading for the full tutorial!

DIY Hammock by Claire Zinnecker, photos by Kate Stafford | Camille Styles

DIY Hammock by Claire Zinnecker, photos by Kate Stafford | Camille Styles

DIY Hammock by Claire Zinnecker, photos by Kate Stafford | Camille Styles

DIY Hammock | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

  • muslin 2.5 yards (the bolt should be about 44″ wide)
  • 1/4″ x 100′ all purpose clothesline
  • (2) 3/8″ anchor shackle
  • (2) 1/4″ spring link
  • sewing machine
  • thread (white or off white)
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • pins
  • (2) 5′ length chain (choose a chain with a weight load limit that suits your needs)

  1. Cut a 1.5″ x 44″ strip of canvas.
  2. Lay muslin out on flat surface. Pin canvas strip along the 44-inch edge of the muslin, 2 inches in (as pictured).
  3. Sew around edges of  canvas strip. The heavier material will add support.
  4. Use a tape measure to mark three spots along the 44-inch canvas strip, 11 inches apart. Cut a 1-inch rectangle at each mark, and sew around the edges of each rectangle.
  5. Fold muslin over so canvas strip is folded in half as pictured, and sew along the edge to create the loop for the rope.
  6. Cut 4 pieces of rope to 8 feet each (you may burn the edges of the cut rope to prevent fraying). Feed one piece of rope through the opening of the loop and pull out of first square as pictured. Loop second piece of rope from first square to second, etc.
  7. Tie the ends of each 8-foot piece of rope as pictured.
  8. Gather the ends of all 4 tied ropes and tie a bow line knot with them around the anchor shackle.
  9. Repeat steps 1-8 on other end of muslin.
  10. Make it your own! Add lace, fringe, or paint for some “flare” (used some lace scarves and upholstery trim on mine!)
  11. Use spring links to connect chain or rope to anchor shackles on each end, and suspend in your desired location.

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47 Responses to “Transformed :: Lazy Day Hammock”

  1. mobennett

    If only I had a backyard! This is amazing, Claire!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks so much!!!

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  2. Capella

    Yikes! I’d be afraid of mine not holding up and leaving me on the ground…

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    • clairezinnecker

      haha! I was worried at first too I have to say. As long as you follow the directions and tie it properly it will hold tight!

      Reply
  3. emily

    awesome!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks Emily!

      Reply
  4. amy

    Where is your dress and sandals from?

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    • clairezinnecker

      Dress is Free People and sandals are Zara!

      Reply
  5. Alexa

    We need a new hammock. Love the bohemian feel of this one!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thank you Kelsey! So excited you think so!

      Reply
  6. Camille Styles

    I am sooo obsessed with this project, Claire! You blew me away with your perfect styling.THIS is a project I want to tackle…

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  7. kristina

    You are FEARLESS with these DIY projects! I love them all but this one really takes the cake. I think this is just what my backyard has been needing!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks Kristina! I have to admit I was daunted by this one at first, but once I figured out the design it was so easy!

      Reply
  8. Carrie Harris

    What a gorgeous location and a creative idea…so beautiful!!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks Carrie!

      Reply
  9. Nycia Emerson

    WOW!! You are one creative gal & beautiful! Love this!!:)

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thank you Nycia! It is so fun to read such great responses from everyone.

      Reply
  10. apartmentwife

    such a beautiful article- love the pictures! the hammock would be great to have for reading on a summer morning :)

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks! It is the perfect place for reading!! We are still deciding where to hang it in my yard, can’t wait to have it permanently up!

      Reply
  11. Classiq

    This is amazing! I wish I had a garden. :)

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thank you! I still haven’t decided the perfect place to hang it…

      Reply
  12. Danielle Waisner

    I love this so much…so beautiful! I love all the posts on this site but can never wait for your next “Transformed” post Claire!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thank you so much Danielle! That is quite the compliment since every post on Camille’s site is wonderful!!

      Reply
  13. clairezinnecker

    Isn’t it? If only I could stay it in all day!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks so much Ashely! It was so fun to make (and to style/shoot!)

      Reply

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