Starfish Therapies

February 15, 2012

DIY Lycra Swing


We have a lycra swing at our clinic and we love it!  We are lucky enough to have a structure that we can hang our swing on so we can change the configuration depending on the needs of the kiddo.

This is how we made our own:

What you need:  Lycra, boating rope (or some other strong rope), 4 carabiners, secure hooks to hang the swing from

First we bought Lycra from a fabric store.  I believe the dimensions were about 6 yards by 3 yards however you can make it as big or as small as you would like (you will be tying knots at the corners and it will take up some of the fabric).  Make sure the fabric is large enough because you will be folding it in half.  If you are going to be using it for larger kids you may want to triple it to provide more resistance to stretch.

Second tie a knot at each corner.

Now you will need to work with the rope.

Cut 4 pieces of rope approximately 10 inches long and fold in half and tie an overhand knot in the ends to make a loop.

Now you are ready to put it all together.  One rope loop goes with each knot.  You want to secure the rope to the lycra just under the lycra knot (so the corner is above the rope).  You are going to wrap the loop around under the knot and feed one end through the other and then pull it tight (I know it sounds confusing but hopefully this picture helps)

Lastly you attach a carabiner to each rope and you are ready to hang the swing from a sturdy surface and have fun!

We will follow up with ideas for how and why to use a lycra swing in another post!



  1. This is great! Do you have suggestions for a secure surface parents can hang a swing from at home?

    Comment by Abby — February 15, 2012 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  2. Awesome! Will try – could suspend from swingset outdoors perhaps for at home use?

    Comment by Your Therapy Source — February 16, 2012 @ 3:22 am | Reply

  3. thanks for the post first of all , how many yards of lycra would i need i am 5′ 7 and 130lbs and would poly knit work there are a few difrent types of lycra i can get on a budget

    Comment by stu peeples — June 12, 2012 @ 4:08 am | Reply

    • Unfortunately I’m not sure of the answer. We generally work with kids 50-60 pounds in lycra. We have ours double folded but you could probably triple fold it to increase the support. Sorry I don’t have more of an answer.

      Comment by Starfish Therapies — June 12, 2012 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

    • I’m 5’1″ / 125. You want 3 layers, 2 yd square, hang at 8 feet.

      Comment by Mike P — May 10, 2013 @ 11:32 pm | Reply

  4. Hello – I am another OT and would like to know where you purchased your lycra. Thank you!


    Comment by Nina Brilliant — August 21, 2012 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

  5. How many pounds can this swing handle?

    Comment by Marzena — December 4, 2012 @ 6:06 am | Reply

    • I’m not positive. We have used it will all of our kids safely because our hardware will support the weight. The limiting factor is the lycra and how small/tight you keep it to limit the amount of give. Hope this helps!

      Comment by Starfish Therapies — December 5, 2012 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

      • It does. Thank you.

        Comment by Marzena — December 21, 2012 @ 2:15 am

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  7. If I were to buy this fabric only, what kind of mix would I need? 90% poly 10% lycra? 90% Nylon 10% lycra? or 80% Nylon and 20% lycra?

    Comment by Melody — May 12, 2013 @ 12:50 am | Reply

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  11. An overhand loop and overhand knot are not the same thing. I was stumped forever trying to figure out how you used the knot…I finally followed your link and you have it linked to the overhand loop.

    Comment by Arica — June 7, 2015 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  12. Where did you purchase your swing frame/structure?

    Comment by Rebecca — June 23, 2015 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

    • It’s called a universal exercise unit and is used for more than just holding swings. You’re best bet would to be to put hooks into studs and attach a swing that way

      Comment by Starfish Therapies — June 23, 2015 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

  13. Also, did you use a 2 way stretch or a 4 way stretch nylon Lycra? If it is a 4 way stretch, did you use milliskin or moleskin? Which is more advisable for swing stability, longevity, strength, endurance, and “memory”?

    Comment by Rebecca — June 24, 2015 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

    • We just went to Joanne fabric and bought Lycra. Not sure what kind of stretch that was. Hope that helps!

      Comment by Starfish Therapies — June 24, 2015 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

  14. I could not find 3 yard wide lycra at Joann’s? only 5 feet with is just over a yard? any thoughts? thanks much!

    Comment by lisahaverly — June 28, 2016 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

  15. Any updates you can offer about the knots and how they held up??

    Comment by MP — August 3, 2016 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  16. do you know how many mm thick your rope is? The thicker the rope the harder it is to get a tight knot. Thanks!

    Comment by Mai Lee Payne — January 24, 2017 @ 1:32 pm | Reply

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