I'm a very pragmatic type person, and I tend to find simple, cheap, and clever uses to the problems I come across.  Very rarely do I come up with these ideas (like the furoshiki Instructables I put together a while back) and this is no exception.  I've seen slings like this in the past where they actually charge money for them but I'm too indignant to buy what I can make easily and enjoy it.  I did, however, come up with the source of the material...a very classy 1980's couch whose covering was pretty much on par with rhino hide.

So, if you've got a couch you just need to get rid of but are looking to get some more use out of it....well, this 'ible is for you.

The only things you'll need are
  • utility knife
  • sturdy needle (sail needle is best)
  • strong thread (I used <1mm window blind cord)
  • about 12'-14' of rope (this will be different for you depending on how wide and long the material from the couch is); I also recommend 3/8" nylon as it make a more comfortable handle
  • oh...and an old couch.

Step 1: Cut the Back Out

First thing, spin that thing around and have a look at the back.  Hopefully yours will have a nice big rectangular back.  Now grab the util knife and cut it out as straight and big as you can.

Lay the rope on the long edge of the material and fold the edge over.  Now take some pins and pin the flap to hold it down while you sew.
Great idea, and it likely matches the decor of the room with the fireplace, if'n you want to hang it up on a hook or something.
you know I hadnt thought about that! it would look great behind my shotgun.
Like this. I really like that you are embracing the the theme of this contest. Not only will I vote for you, but also am inspired to create an entry.
PS: thanks for the vote!
I'm glad you liked it. I'm looking forward to see what you put together.
This is a clever use for any done-zo upholstery, thanks for the share.

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