DIY Macrame Toy Hammock (Free Pattern & Video!)

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Learn how to make an extra long macrame toy hammock with today’s free pattern and tutorial!

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You know how handy macrame toy hammocks are for storing stuffed animals and plushies in style, but what if you don’t have a spare corner in your space?

This version hangs flat against the wall, so you can make one even if you don’t have a free corner of the room!

You’ll only need a few basic knots for this macrame hammock pattern, plus some macrame cords, 2 dowels and a pair of scissors.

It’s a great way to create extra stuffed animal storage for any macrame lover that doesn’t have a spare corner of a room for a corner hammock.

We all need some extra storage space, am I right?!

Supplies You’ll Need

  • 3 mm cotton rope in the following lengths:
    • 40 pieces @ 12 feet long (366 cm)
    • 2 pieces @ 8 feet long (244 cm)
    • 2 pieces @ 15 inches long (38 cm)
  • 2 wooden dowels (7/8″ diameter) that are 48 inches long
    • (NOTE: I used a 1/2″ diameter dowel for the lower dowel on the toy hammock in this post, but it bows a little bit so I recommend using another 7/8″ dowel. Replacing it with a thicker dowel shouldn’t effect the fringe length very much.)
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • piece of cardstock or posterboard that’s 1 inch wide and about 4 or 5 inches long (to use a spacer)

Macrame Stuffed Animal Hammock Step-by-Step Instructions

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Step 1: Attach the cords to one of the dowels

Grab your 40 pieces of cord that are 12 feet long. Attach each piece to the dowel using lark’s head knots.

two cords attached side by side with lark's head knots

You’ll want to arrange them in pairs with about a 2″ space between each pair.

all cords attached to the dowel with lark's head knots

Step 2: Tie square knots

This is gonna take a little bit, so grab something to drink and make sure you’re comfy!

Starting on the far left side, tie a square knot with the first set of cords.

tying a square knot

Repeat that across for each cord set.

For the second row I started over on the right, but it doesn’t really matter which side you start on. Skip the first two cords, and tie a square knot with the next four cords.

holding the four cords for the first square knot of the second row

This knot will be in between the 1st and 2nd knot of the previous row.

tying a square knot for the second row

This is called alternating square knots and going back and forth like this for each row makes a nice diamond mesh pattern.

Also, this is where your spacer comes into play. You can tie the first half of the square knot, and then slide in your spacer before you finish the knot so you know it’s perfectly spaced.

using a spacer to get perfect spacing between the rows of square knots

It really makes a difference if you’re not great at making rows of things perfectly straight naturally (like me, and I’m guessing most people!)

using a spacer to get perfect spacing between the rows of square knots

Continue tying rows of alternating square knots until you have 19 rows all together.

19 rows of alternating square knots completed

Step 3: Attaching the second dowel

Grab your second dowel and hold it in front of your hammock just below the last row of knots you tied.

Tie a double half hitch knot using the far left cord.

attaching dowel to the left side with a double half hitch knot

Now go all the way across to the right side and tie a double half hitch knot with the far right cord.

tying one double half hitch knot on the far right to hold the dowel in place

That will hold the dowel in place while you tie the rest of the knots going across.

getting ready to tie double half hitch knots

Go back over to the left and continue tying double half hitch knots with each cord until you get back to the right side. Stop before you get to the last set of cords.

tying double half hitch knots

Untie the far right knot you tied, and then finish tying the last 4 double half hitch knots.

clusters of double half hitch knots holding the bottom dowel in place

Step 4: Attach the holding cords

Now it’s time to attach the holding cords on each side. These will hold up the bottom of the hammock.

Take one of the 8 foot long cords, fold it in half and attach it to the left side of the top dowel with a lark’s head knot.

left holding strap attached to the top dowel

I actually used a cow hitch knot (reverse lark’s head) because I accidentally flipped my dowel around without realizing it and I wanted it to match. Either way is fine!

If you want to keep it more minimalist, you can just go ahead and attach it to the bottom dowel with double half hitch knots now, but I decided to go back and add some alternating half hitch knots for a little extra flair.

If you don’t know how to tie that knot, be sure to check out the video at about the 7:45 mark.

I did 38 alternating half hitch knots, and the attached the two cords to the bottom dowel with double half hitch knots.

left holding strap attached to the dowel

Repeat that for the other holding cord on the right side.

Step 5: Cutting the excess cord and making fringe

Now we’re going to deal with the excess cord hanging dowel and make it into fringe!

I measured the short cords on the far left side (from the left holding cord we just attached) and they were roughly 6 inches long.

measuring the length of the short cords on the left

I used that as my guide and went along and cut the remaining cords off at the 6″ mark.

    Then you can take the pieces you cut off and attach them in the spaces between the groups of knots using a cow hitch knot.

    adding a piece of fringe

    You’ll notice you have a one extra long piece on the left and right of the toy hammock. I cut both of them in half so they made 2 pieces of fringe.

    cutting the super long piece of excess cord in half

    I attached 5 pieces in the first space on the left and the right, then 4 pieces in between all the center spaces.

    adding fringe in the spaces between knots

    At the end I had 4 pieces of fringe left, so I added 2 on the far left and 2 on the far right.

    attaching the last few pieces of fringe

    Trim the fringe so it’s even. At this point you can untwist it if you want, which gives it a pretty, wavy look.

    I didn’t brush mine out, but you can if you want to. It’s going in my kids room, so if I brush it out it’ll look like a hot mess in no time!

    trimming the fringe

    Step 6: Attach the hanging loops

    Last we need to attach a couple of hanging loops. I kept this super simple and took a 15″ piece of cord, attached it with a lark’s head knot, but facing up instead of down.

    attaching the left hanging loop

    Then I made an overhand knot in the ends of the cord to form a loop.

    attaching the left hanging loop

    Repeat that on the other side of the dowel.

    attaching the right hanging loop


    I hope you enjoyed this macrame toy hammock tutorial and you’ll consider making one for your kids or grand kids!

    It’s a lovely pattern that works really well as a toy storage bin for lots of plushies and stuffed animals.

    If you make one of these, please share a pic over on Instagram and tag me @marchingnorth so I can take a look. I love seeing all of your awesome creations!

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      1. If you just want it wider, no you could just add more cords and you could make it as wide as your dowel. If you want it to expand farther out to hold more things (like coming out away from the wall) you would need longer cords for that. I hope that makes sense! 🙂

    1. Hi! I love the look of this but we only have about 3 feet of space to hang this in. Does it matter how many cords I decrease? Does it need to be an even or odd number of cords?

    2. Started well but the double half hitch knots on the bottom just slipping out as i move along the bottom so dowel not secure -any tips? Is there another knit that would secure this?

      1. Hmmm, I just tied the double half hitch knots pretty tight and they stayed for me- but I think if you want to do an alternative you could just tie a double knot around the dowel and pull it tight. It won’t look quite the same but it should still be OK.

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