Diy Make Your Own Homemade Backpacking Sleeping Bag

You can make your own backpack which doubles as a sleeping bag and gear pack.

If you're going to need a backpack and a sleeping bag, why not combine the two to make an all-in-one camping set? You might as well throw a gear pack into the mix, while you're at it. You'll need 2 bed sheets, regardless of whether they match in pattern or not, but they will need to be the same size, if possible. They can be twin, full or queen, but decide how large you would like your sleeping bag by folding the sheet in half length-ways then judging whether it is an appropriate size to allow free movement. It might be necessary to cut off some of the excess length, but you could leave it attached to make a face cover for your sleeping bag.

Pin and sew the two sheets with right sides together, around the entire perimeter, leaving a large opening at the bottom for turning and stuffing the sleeping bag. After turning, you'll need to stuff the bag. A spare blanket or quilt is perfect, but you'll have to take it down on the corners, and at several spots on the bag. Stuff the quilt in between the sheets, making sure it lays flat and fills the corners. Tack each corner with a few stitches to hold in place. You can also use layers of cotton, but if you choose this method of stuffing, you'll have to quilt the sleeping bag to prevent the cotton from bunching up during laundering. Another way to stuff the bag is to use a layer of foam. You can purchase a piece at many furniture manufacturers or outlets. Again, you'll have to quilt or sew in channels to secure the foam. Fold the sleeping bag in half and measure where the zipper should go. It should begin in one bottom corner of the folded bag. Zip across the bottom and up the side to about the shoulder area. To sew the zipper in, first tack the bottom of the zipper to the exact fold of the sleeping bag's bottom corner. Beginning on one side of the zipper, sew it across the bottom, then up to the shoulder area on the side. Back tack to secure. Repeat this for the second part of the zipper. You can use Velcro instead of a zipper if preferred, but again, sew it across the bottom and up the side. When using Velcro, you might want to go ahead and attach it all the way to the top corner, rather than stopping at the shoulder area. This will allow extra for closing the head cover.

After sewing the sleeping bag, roll it up as you normally would to take camping. Look at the side view and mark where you can put loops to hold your gear. Mark several places on each side seam, then unroll the bag. The tabs to hold the gear can either be Velcro, fabric tabs with snaps attached, or even shoe strings sewn onto the seam. Attach your tabs by sewing one onto the seam, then another, every 10 inches or so. When going camping, you can use these tabs to hold canteen, flashlight, camp stove and other hiking necessities. And, you can use the interior of your sleeping bag to hold your spare clothes and such, but put them in a plastic bag first, since you'll need to remove them before sleeping.



There are different ways to close your sleeping bag. You can tie cords around it, use a large belt at each end, or make Velcro fasteners. A closure that is actually sewn onto the bag is best, since other methods may allow the bag to slip through the bindings. To judge where to put the ties, wrap them around the sleeping bag and with needle and thread, tack them to the sleeping bag. If desired, you can open the bag completely up and machine stitch the ties. If you prefer to use belts but your machine won't sew leather, try a glob of fabric glue to secure the belts to the sleeping bag. After all of this, remove the straps from an old book bag and attach them to the new backpack, or make your own by cutting some lengths of strap and securing them to the sleeping bag. Make the straps adjustable by using a choice of fasteners from a store, which sells notions. The fasteners can be buckles or a set of heavy-duty snaps. Now, pack your new bag and hit the dusty trail.

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