Introduction: Sleeping Bag Suit

Turn your extra sleeping bags into a lounging suit!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

****This instructable needs to be done on an industrial sewing machine.*****

Sewing the bags on a regular sewing machine could damage your machine. Ask around, one of your friends may have one you could use.

You will need two poly filled sleeping bags. Down filled bags will be a huge mess!

Flat bags are easier to cut out a pattern from. I used one flat and one mummy bag.

You will also need some quilt edge trim from a fabric store.

SHARP strong scissors. My hand got tired and I had to occasionally take a break.

Step 2: Cut Out a Pattern

First, Unzip one of your bags and lay it down flat on the floor.

Get a top and bottom from your closet . I laid down a large rain jacket and baggy pants on top. Then I traced around adding approx 1-1/2" extra for the seam.

Leave extra length in the sleeves so they are not too short. You can trim the if you need to later.

The feet are tricky. I just cut out huge balloon feet and trimmed them later. I am not much of a darter but I bet that would be a better way to sew this. I simply made my feet large enough to bend at the ankles with out cutting off my circulation. Adding leather or vinyl to the soles would be a nice upgrade!

Step 3: Include a Zipper Leg

Your suit will be much easier to get on and off if you include a zipper down one leg. Instead of adding your own, use one of the existing bag zippers.

I used my mummy bag's zipper.

This step is accomplished during the pattern cutting of the second bag.

Lay out your second bag on the floor but keep it zipped. Line up the zipper with one of you legs. Safety pin the pants to the bag. spread the bag out flat with your pants on top. Now cut a slit down the back of the bag's mid line.

Spread out the bag flat on the floor, add your top pattern (jacket), and trace. Cut out pattern as for first bag.

Line up the two bags and trim off any excess .

If using a mummy bag, you can use the head part to make a hood.

Step 4: Pin and Sew

Line up and pin your bags with the insides facing out. Cover the edges with quilt edging, the 2" wide size. Pin together with giant sized safety pins.

Start sewing. Use upholstery thread and a giant needle on a industrial sewing machine.



Step 5: Add a Pocket?

I added a pocket out of some of the leftovers. It is more stylish than functional, but it works for me.

Step 6: Try It Out!

I wear my suit when I just can't get warm and don't want to wear a bunch of layers.

And you can take a little nap too!

Step 7: Store It.

I used an extra stuff sack to store it.

Comments

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Joseph.of.Jesus (author)2014-08-30

Wow! Could this double as an insulated suit for, say, base jumping??!?! In case I ever need something like a flight suit that won't cost a fortune, I'll make sure to make myself one of these! Also, Cutco's Super-Shears would cut through sleeping bag materials like it was paper. I used it to cut the extra 2sq feet of space at the bottom of my sleeping bag a few weeks ago. I used a quick-stitch awl to lock-stick the seams. I'm definitely getting an industrial sewing machine though.

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porklips (author)2012-12-23

Besides being awesome and super sexy, I like the idea of wearing this to work, just in case I need to take a nap.

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JMMBA (author)2010-08-19

that is f#cking awesome

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r3nrut (author)2009-05-10

Good job, but i think its already been invented

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sensoryhouse (author)r3nrut2009-05-11

you mean the "Snuggie"

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supercas29 (author)sensoryhouse2010-08-12

The snuggie isn't anything more than a backwards robe... this looks more like an insulated body suit

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r3nrut (author)supercas292010-08-13

no not the snuggie. The lippieselkbag

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larrymarctte (author)2010-04-20

What a great idea!  Could you possibly make me one? I could send you all of the materials to make one I take a size Ladies X Large!  My e-mail is larrymarcotte@ymail.com please and thank you! P.S. Once I have it on, I will never want to get out of it. Maybe you could  make me a "PINK" one?

Thanks Larry!

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denisek.sf (author)larrymarctte2010-05-08

 Hi Larry,

I appreciate the offer but I'm afraid I will have to politely decline.  But if you ever run across any adult sized pink sleeping bags I would snap them up if I were you.


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shane0137 (author)2009-12-26

absolute genius love it 5 stars

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CybergothiChe (author)2009-11-13

 AWESOME!!!!!

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omnibot (author)2009-11-04

Found a commercial version called Selkbag.
Your's is way cooler though :)

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codongolev (author)2009-10-15

I want to get like, four sleeping bags, each a little bigger than theprevious ones, make suits out of all of them, and put them all on. thenjump off the roof.

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D.L.H. (author)2009-08-14

This is pretty intersting idea how long did it take to make exactly?

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denisek.sf (author)D.L.H.2009-08-26

It took me the better part of a weekend. But it is a good idea to take two weekends since it is hard on the wrists sewing such a large piece.

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SarahpinStation (author)2009-08-14

Something I thought of:: Instead of cutting out feet, cut the feet off at the ankles to leave an opening for your foot. You can also add elastic band around the ankle so it fits snugly to your ankle. This will make it so you can still wear winter boots if you'd like.

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rhino (author)2009-05-07

With bed bugs making a comeback I think you would want to make this with NEW sleeping bags, not yard sale ones. This is a great idea and I have often wished for something like this when sitting around a campfire.

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dzent1 (author)rhino2009-05-07

Bedbugs seldom survive a thorough washing and drying. This is a non-problem for anyone with a normal sense of intelligence.

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porcupinemamma (author)dzent12009-05-08

Lovely idea! BTW, I saw a documentary about apartment buildings in Toronto that were infested with bed bugs and the tenants had tried everything to get rid of them. According to the story, washing didn't work, and everything had to be burned

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dzent1 (author)porcupinemamma2009-07-23

Sorry, all kinds of laundry additives will kill them. Their problem was reinfestation from the building itself, not that bedbugs can't be killed in the laundry.

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jess60 (author)dzent12009-05-09

don't be mean

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BlackJack23 (author)2009-05-17

Is there any way to make it without an industrial sewing machine?

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jongscx (author)BlackJack232009-06-16

By hand.... very slowly... with needles the size of small nails. I guess you really could, but the stitching won't hold up very well... or you'd need to double-stich everything which would take up even more time.

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jayman1310 (author)BlackJack232009-05-29

no

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letsfaceit (author)2009-05-24

what you should have done is, instead of a pocket, just make a slot where you can reach into the pockets on your clothing, like on coveralls

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chubaka (author)2009-05-17

So Cool!! :D Amazing idea ang well done!

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Tjosek (author)2009-05-15

this is so cool!

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luvit (author)2009-05-13

what should i wear under it?

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denisek.sf (author)luvit2009-05-14

i tend to wear just my underclothes and socks.

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Bridel568 (author)2009-05-13

this seems great for camping all I will have to do is stuff it some more and this will be great. well I go camping a lot cause I'm a Boy Scout =) but this should be great as a sleeping bag cause you wake up and its so cold out that you don't wanna get up to go to the bathroom but with this, you could go to the bathroom and stay warm yay can't weight to try this. this could be great for paintball to(as log as it doesn't get caught on a branch.

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moucon (author)2009-05-10

Wow - It does seem like an awful lot of work to make what we up here in new England would call a "Snowmobile suit" but I love your creativity and re-use of stuff that would otherwise get tossed away. Great job. Not sure everyone is going to have an industryial sewing machine handy though. What happens then? A bookbinder's needle and do it by hand?

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ineclipse (author)2009-05-10

super cute.

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kishida (author)2009-05-09

Very nice workmanship and cool idea!

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I smell bacon (author)2009-05-09

Add a lining of Kevlar and some knee and elbow pads, and you would have the perfect garment for winter motorcycling! Perhaps for just around town though, cruising down the highway in one of these might make you look daft.

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Weissensteinburg (author)2009-05-08

I've seen the commercial version of this and wanted one...very cool. I wish I had some extra sleeping bags laying around.

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yags (author)2009-05-08

I love it!

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brutallyfrank (author)2009-05-08

Nice idea. The heat keeps getting turned off in our apartment building, causing quite a bit of discomfort. Up here in Canada this can be a serius problem. We have snowmobile suits here, but you would not be comfortable wearing one indoors. This idea has real merit. Best Wishes.

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robbie162 (author)2009-05-07

What a great idea.All I have to do now is to convince my dear wife to do the sewing

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RobFS1 (author)2009-05-07

Kudos

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fighterpilot1 (author)2009-05-07

Bravo!

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nettysgirl77 (author)2009-05-07

How fun!

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TheBouncyBlob (author)2009-05-07

Yeah interesting idea. Nice job.

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=SMART= (author)2009-05-07

This is really cool ! , much better than buying one !

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ewfw (author)2009-05-06

Great Instructable. I backpack a lot, so I was wondering: Have you field tested this? What were the temp ratings on the bags? How much does this weigh?

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jmatthias (author)ewfw2009-05-07

For something like that, check out http://www.wymanoutdoors.com/. It's a product, not something you can make, but...

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denisek.sf (author)ewfw2009-05-07

This suit was designed for lounging indoors. I have field tested it for that use only. It keeps me plenty warm indoors in drafty SF apartment. But as a fellow backpacker I would not recommend it because the bags I used were lightweight polyfill. Down is much better per ounce of weight.

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Chico (author)2009-05-05

This could have a military or hunting application! In the army we dreamt of having something like this. The closest thing is the German military sleeping bag with arm holes to hold on to your rifle while standing in a foxhole.

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KryptoTSD (author)Chico2009-05-07

I was a soldier and I heard these foxholes were slit trenches...

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platdujour (author)2009-05-07

This is so brilliant. For a long time i have fantasied about an adult sized romper suit.... You could leave the feet off and sew the ankles onto a pair of moon boots for a go anywhere version of this instructable.

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shirley ujest (author)2009-05-07

What a fantastic idea! Sleeping bags are very easy to pick up really cheap at any garage sale or salvation army. If I had an industrial sewing machine and the ability to actually put in zippers, I would make one. A+++++ for design, style and functionality!

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