Pin the tabs into place.
Fold up the top layer of fabric along the 45 inch side. Measure up from the bottom one inch and pin a tab into place.Â Measure up 5 inches fromÂ the firstÂ tab and pin the second one into place.Â Measure up another 5 inches from the 2nd tabÂ and add the third tab. Repeat this for the fourth and fifth tabs.Measure up 6 inches from the fifth tab and pin in place the sixth tab, and then measure up 7 inches to pin the last tab into place.
|This is after it’s been sewn and flipped, but shows the space between the tabs!|
Starting at the bottom, fold one length of rope in half.
With the ends together, loop them around and through themselves to from a knot at the base of each piece. Use a flame to melt the ends of the rope ends.
Slip the knotted end through the tab on the swing.
Tuck the other end of the rope under the knot, but over the tab and pull until taught.
Push the knot down onto the tab so that the fabric ends up on top of the knot.
Move to the opposite side of the swing and tie that piece into place.Repeat with each remaining piece of rope until all 14 pieces are knotted onto the tabs.
Add the crossbar.
Measure in on the dowel 7 inches from each end and add a small screw. This will keep the rope from sliding in on the pole.
Add the rope loops onto the pole starting at the top and working your way down. Do this for both sides of the swing.
Hang the swing.
Cut one last piece of rope 10 feet in length.
Fold it in half, and then half again so that you are holding one loop and the two tails.
Slide the carabiner onto the folded rope and tie a knot around it, securing it in place.
|Yeah, it’s different rope, that was the “trial and error” part–not enough nylon rope the first go around!|
Separate the two looped ends and tie a knot into each one leaving the loop big enough to slip over the end of the dowel but not too big that it slides right over the gathered ropes already on the crossbar.