How to Make a Woven Wrap Hammock

How to make a woven wrap hammock - table hammock for kids - and win best mom ever status.

It’s so fun to make hammocks and swings with babywearing woven wraps! It’s a great way to break them in with some extra use, and kids LOVE to play in them. Making a hammock with a table and a wrap is a great safe way to make a rainy-day reading nook or just an area to relax. Put a blanket over teh table, and make it into a fort, if you’d like!

I’m making a woven babywearing wrap indoor swing soon – just bought the “ingredients.”

But for now, this is what we’ll be doing!

How to make a Babywearing Woven Wrap Hammock

How to make a woven wrap hammock - table hammock for kids - and win best mom ever status.

All you have to do is smooth out your wrap so there are no twists in it, and tie it around your dining room table using a secure square knot. I’m sure most toddlers could climb in on their own.

Anneliese is a bit hesitant about gross motor things, so she asked for help, but she had no trouble getting out when she wanted to. (She asked for help but I just told her, “Put your feet on the floor.” And she did it fine.)

Anneliese LOVED this! She called it her “Babar Hammock” because on the first page of the original Babar book, the elephant’s mother is rocking him in a hammock. I love that she made that connection to literature!

 

Make a woven wrap hammock for lots of rainy-day fun. Great kids indoor activity.

She also told me she was going to go “ninight” in it, and asked if I would nurse her in it. I told her I couldn’t nurse her in the hammock, and she was a little bit sad. It WOULD be comfy to just snuggle and nurse in a woven wrap hammock though. She’s got the right idea!

How to make a woven wrap hammock - tons of indoor rainy-day fun. Great kids' activity.

Stretchy wraps, sheets, and other fabrics are not ideal for making hammocks.

Only use a woven wrap, which is very strong fabric intended for carrying babies, toddlers, and small children. 

        

More great resources for How to Make a Woven Babywearing Wrap Hammock

Note: Several of these sites are now broken, or the posts have been removed, so I un-linked them. So sad you don’t get to see more woven wrap hammocks!

  • Baby Carriers Downunder also has a variation for smaller kids who need a deeper pouch for their hammocks, tying a knot at each side before tying the center square knot. Great idea!
  • BW of Peoria includes woven wrap hammocks in their post about how to break in your woven wrap. Their blog is full of really pretty pictures too!
  • Sling hammocks are also mentioned in The Mommy Dialogues in their “break in your wrap” post. Check out their cute picture over there too!
  • All Things Maverick also has some GREAT outdoor-wrap-hammock photos. So beautiful. If we had more trees, we could do that! They also have a How to Break in a Woven Wrap post which includes the hammock tip too.
  • Leslie on Flicker has a really cute wrap hammock photo too. It looks like she set it up in a playpen somehow!
  • You can see more woven wrap hammocks here on Slingmeet.

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Often, these photos are shared on facebook without any context, and people speculate about how they can do it with a bedhsheet, some cheap fabric, or something else they have “lying around.” Other people gasp and declare that it’s an accident waiting to happen.

Well, let me clear up some things really quickly:

  1. It isn’t a bedsheet or a “cheap piece of fabric.” It is a woven wrap created for the sole purpose of holding babies and toddlers. It was designed to carry children.
  2. If it’s an “accident waiting to happen” you’re doing it wrong. Use common sense. Use a sturdy table. Test your knot before putting your kid in there. Stay close by, especially if your kids are really young. Take it down from the table when you (er, your kids) are finished playing with it.
  3. That particular wrap (since I’ve seen people ask in a lot of places) is Ellevill Zara Sun. It’s gorgeous and I’ve since cut it and turned part of it into a ring sling (the yellow sling in the background of the picture below). It has been discontinued for a while, but I’ve heard rumors that Ellevill will bring that color back… I hope so! Because I kind of want it as a wrap again (in addition to the sling, not turning back time).
  4. If you want to make a hammock OR a swing with fabric store fabric, please DO NOT use quilting cotton or “something from the dollar table at walmart.” A good bottomweight 100% linen will be great, or you can use cotton onsaburg (just make sure it seems thick enough to be supportive, as there IS thin onsaburg out there I wouldn’t feel would be safe).
  5. I know people have done the hammock thing with an old moby or boba wrap (stretchy wraps) but please don’t. Even though those were also meant to carry babies, they were also meant to ONLY be used with multiple passes over the child, and be on the front of mom where she has both hands nearby. It would be much easier for a kid to flip out of a stretchy hammock than a woven one – and have you ever seen any “real” hammocks that are stretchy material? Probably NOT.

This post was originally published in July 2012. It was updated in December 2015.

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This year for Halloween, I wasn’t quite ready to let the kids go at their pumpkins with knives, even those kid-safe tiny pumpkin carving ones. And besides, if you keep your pumpkins whole, they won’t begin to rot like they do when you cut them, so you can enjoy them for a longer time!

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The kids absolutely loved decorating their little no-carve Halloween pumpkins.

Joseph glued googly eyes all over his. That ended up being my favorite one! It reminds me of those bumpy winter squashes… except… it’s watching us.

Anneliese’s is covered with pretend gems. She thinks it is VERY fancy.

I painted mine with two coats of chalkboard paint. My plan was to have the kids take turns drawing faces on it with chalk. But regular chalk scratched off the paint more than it drew on it. So sad! So I used chalkboard markers to make a face, but the round shape of the pumpkin made the chalk paint drip and it wasn’t as precise as I wanted it to be… I had something cuter in mind. Still, the kids think it’s adorable, and they want it “looking at them” during dinner time. 3 No-Carve Pumpkin ideas for Halloween

We might still do a big jack-o-lantern closer to the Big Day, but I’m so glad we did this little project too.

Benefits of doing the little no-carve Halloween pumpkins this way:

  1. As I mentioned before, NOT cutting our pumpkins will keep them from rotting so quickly, and we’ll be able to enjoy them for a long time.
  2. The pumpkins are very small, so we can display all 3 of them as a centerpiece even on our small dining table.
  3. The kids can carry their pumpkins around the house with them and play with them.
  4. The kids definitely feel pride in the work they did to decorate their no-carve pumpkins. They each worked on their pumpkin in several sessions of carefully selecting, placing, and gluing their decorations.
  5. No one was injured by a serrated pumpkin-carving blade. Seriously.

Another benefit to decorating with these is that we won’t have to store them all year waiting for next Halloween. When we move at Christmas, we won’t have to pack them and take them with us across the country.

I’m all for decorating and having fun, but I also like keeping the clutter out of our house.

If you feel the same way, you’ll also enjoy my ideas for having a clutter-free Halloween over at So Damn Domestic.

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