I've had this project on my "to do" list for a long time, I finally decided that I had to get these hammocks made before my Granddaughters arrive next week. I went to Lowes and with the assistance of a very helpful salesperson I purchased everything I needed to make 2 hammocks.
First things first. Here is the link to the instructions to make these hammocks.
Cost of the materials to build to hammocks
PVC, clear cement, assorted screw eyes, wooden dowels = $22.53
Fabric (cotton duck) 1/3 YD per hammock = $4.76
Total $27.29 = $13.63 per hammock.
Hints/tips - Hammock Stand: The PVC comes with printing all over it even the connectors had printing/ bar codes on them. After I cut all the pieces to size, I removed the printing using a rough side of a nail file. I cleaned/dried all the connectors thoroughly. Assembly was a snap and only took a few minutes. I did what I call a dry assembly first to make sure everything fit properly and that the base sat level on my counter top. I took the stand apart and then glued each segment per the instructions.
Hammock: Wooden dowels and string. I did this part a bit different from the instructions. Instead of string I used white 100% polyester cording 3.22mm. I also changed the way that the cording was to be attached to the dowel. The instructions suggested cutting a notch in each end of the dowel. I wanted something sturdier and chose to screw a metal eye into the dowel ends. The instructions called for 5/16 wooden dowel, I opted for 3/8 inch dowel.
Side note: This is a hammock and by nature hammocks generally require a little bit of balance on the part of a human and or doll when you use it. So when placing your doll into it you will have to do some adjustments to have your doll balanced properly. I have fabric cut and sewn for 4 more hammocks and will be making a trip to Lowes for more PVC. These were fun and easy to make and I would definitely encourage you to make them. I don't have a workshop and own very few tools, since I planned on making more of these as well as other PVC doll furniture items I purchased a PVC pipe cutter and easily cuts 1 - 1/4 PVC.