My younger brother is fond of going for mountain climbing. The problem is he doesn’t have a sleeping bag to use. One day, he came to me and asked if I could buy him a sleeping bag. During that time, I didn’t have spare money to grant his wish. So I thought of putting together ideas and make him a sleeping bag instead. I searched my cupboard and I took out old stuff that I did not use anymore. I told myself that these would be perfect materials for me to start making my brother a sleeping bag. Below are the 10 steps I did in making a sleeping bag. And believe me, it was so easy to do—If you can tie a knot, you can make a sleeping bag!
- Make a 7-foot square piece from recycled textile
- Make a second 7-foot square
- Sew the 2 squares together along one edge
- Lay out the bag (Make a work space by finding a clear floor area.)
- Stuff the bag by layering soft, old clothes, sweaters, t-shirts, torn blankets, or mattress pad on top of the back side of the inside (Just like filling a sandwich!)
- Put the top on your sandwich. Pull the outward square over the stuffed inside square and straighten them out so they are both smooth.
- Tie the layers of your sandwich together. In doing this, you will be needing needles with big eyes and sharp points. You will also need some strong strings or sturdy yarn to tie the layers together.
- Take a stitch and tie a knot. Push the needle down from the top, cross over about one-half inch underneath and come back up. Tie a double knot. If the stuffing is small pieces of textiles, you need to tie about every six inches.
- Add ties. These ties can be made from old ties or strips of fabrics. Before you close up the bag, you are going to pin the ties on the bottom edge of the sleeping bag. That is because they have to end up outside. Pin one tie seven inches from the edge and the other, 14 inches from the edge.
- Fold the bag in half lengthwise and sew it shut. Sew around the outside about 2 or 3 inches from the edge using your big needles. This seam allowance acts as a baffle inside the bag to keep cold air out. Back stitch or tie a knot occasionally as you go to make the seam extra sturdy. Turn the bag sight side out and roll it up. The ties become sort of straps for carrying the bag during the day.
Why don’t you try this at home? Have your kids join you in making your own sleeping bag. This will foster bonding time between you and your kids. You can also make several bags and sell them for you to have a secondary income. Or, you can give them as gifts during special occasions.