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Turn your extra sleeping bags into a lounging suit!
 
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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

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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!

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.

porklips1 year ago
Besides being awesome and super sexy, I like the idea of wearing this to work, just in case I need to take a nap.
JMMBA4 years ago
that is f#cking awesome
r3nrut5 years ago
Good job, but i think its already been invented
you mean the "Snuggie"
The snuggie isn't anything more than a backwards robe... this looks more like an insulated body suit
no not the snuggie. The lippieselkbag
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!
denisek.sf (author)  larrymarctte4 years ago
 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.


shane01375 years ago
absolute genius love it 5 stars
 AWESOME!!!!!
omnibot5 years ago
Found a commercial version called Selkbag.
Your's is way cooler though :)

codongolev5 years ago
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.
D.L.H.5 years ago
This is pretty intersting idea how long did it take to make exactly?
denisek.sf (author)  D.L.H.5 years ago
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.
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.
rhino5 years ago
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.
dzent1 rhino5 years ago
Bedbugs seldom survive a thorough washing and drying. This is a non-problem for anyone with a normal sense of intelligence.
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
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.
jess60 dzent15 years ago
don't be mean
BlackJack235 years ago
Is there any way to make it without an industrial sewing machine?
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.
no
letsfaceit5 years ago
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
chubaka5 years ago
So Cool!! :D Amazing idea ang well done!
Tjosek5 years ago
this is so cool!
luvit5 years ago
what should i wear under it?
denisek.sf (author)  luvit5 years ago
i tend to wear just my underclothes and socks.
Bridel5685 years ago
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.
moucon5 years ago
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?
ineclipse5 years ago
super cute.
kishida5 years ago
Very nice workmanship and cool idea!
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.
I've seen the commercial version of this and wanted one...very cool. I wish I had some extra sleeping bags laying around.
yags5 years ago
I love it!
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.
robbie1625 years ago
What a great idea.All I have to do now is to convince my dear wife to do the sewing
RobFS15 years ago
Kudos
Bravo!
How fun!
Yeah interesting idea. Nice job.
=SMART=5 years ago
This is really cool ! , much better than buying one !
ewfw5 years ago
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?
jmatthias ewfw5 years ago
For something like that, check out http://www.wymanoutdoors.com/. It's a product, not something you can make, but...
denisek.sf (author)  ewfw5 years ago
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.
Chico5 years ago
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.
KryptoTSD Chico5 years ago
I was a soldier and I heard these foxholes were slit trenches...
platdujour5 years ago
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.
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!
ehmbee5 years ago
Very cool idea-I was thinking of trying this with some spare bags I have-now I am much less afraid to try it since I'll have instructions! I would say to answer others' questions that it is probably not as warm as the bag itself, for the same reasons mittens are warmer than gloves, you have the benefit of your whole body heating one space, rather than extremities trying to heat a bunch of smalll spaces. Your Core would theoretically be warmest inside the garment I think.
foobear5 years ago
awesome and genius!
phalanx4475 years ago
Wow. Awesome points galore. This made my day.
toezter5 years ago
Next to the Tauntaun sleeping bag, this is sweet.
littlewit5 years ago
Its like the snoogle taken to a whole new level
Oh, Andy!5 years ago
this definitely has to be one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Its both stylish AND practical! nice!
f3rg5 years ago
This is a really great idea. I always hate feeling tangled inside sleeping bags, which is probably why I sleep like cr@p when I'm camping. Thanks for the post!
munchman5 years ago
I love it
omnibot5 years ago
Oooooohhhh!!!! I want!
seamster5 years ago
It's dorky and awesome at the same time. Very nice.
theRIAA5 years ago
this is awesome, i saw this idea somewhere online:
http://www.thecoolhunter.net/lifestyle/SELKBAG/
but for a LOT of money. good job!
denisek.sf (author)  theRIAA5 years ago
I was actually inspired to make this by the high price tag on the selkbag. but their product looks much more sophisticated than mine!
8bit5 years ago
The zipper design is very good.
8bit 8bit5 years ago
The way it curves around the body is very aesthetic.