Sleeping Bag Liners

Making Your Own
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Are you sold on the idea? And ready, perhaps, to start sewing?

This isn't a hard project, even for those who don't sew much. For starters, here's a diagram of what the finished product looks like:

Here's how Amy made liners for her family:

She used 5 yards of medium-weight denim that was 60 inches wide, and cut it into two pieces lengthwise. One piece was 38 inches wide and the other, 22.

The wider piece was used as the main body of the bag (folded over itself), which after seam allowances was about 36 inches.

The narrower piece was cut again to make the side panels.

The sides can be sewn all of the way up, or one side sewn up and the other sewn up part of the way, and left open.

Choose the length of the bag based on the intended user's height, but it is a good idea to leave some extra material at the top end for a pillow.

Attach two elastic loops to the bottom (skewed to one side) to make the liner easy to roll up and store.

Once you've used one of these bags, you won't want to go camping without them.

Cheat Sheet

Perhaps you're like me — an absolute idiot when it comes to anything involving a needle and a thread.

Despair not!

If you don't have anyone who can make these liners for you, there's something you can buy that's similar.

This summer at Target I found several fleece sleeping bags for $15.00 each. They aren't as lightweight as the denim liners and not quite so easy to wash, but they're still useful.

Kids can use them at home, for slumber parties or simply for cuddling up on the couch.

They're super for camping trips:

On hot nights, they're a bit lighter to use than most sleeping bags.

On cold nights, they serve as an excellent insulating layer tucked inside a sleeping bag.

They're useful on backpacking trips because they weigh less than sleeping bags. For instance, this summer we hiked into an Appalachian Mountain Club hut which supplied bunks, but no sheets. All we needed to do was stuff a liner into our backpacks, and we were all set.


Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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