Sleeping Bag Suit

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Introduction: Sleeping Bag Suit

About: I am an exhibit developer at the Exploratorium.

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.

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    66 Comments

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    JamesA41
    JamesA41

    Question 6 months ago

    I'm seeing a lot of comments regarding the requirement of having an industrial sewing machine? Why is that required? Can't one use a Vintage or Antique Sewing Machine with the correct needle (top stitch with or without titanium coating) and if required a special foot? I'm wondering why the vintage like mid-70's and older all metal designs from White or Singer wouldn't be able to do this... especially is Singer 15 or 201 or just about any of the White's? Even the early to mid-70's Sears-Kenmore's can blow threw this with ease and those machines have more models with Super-High Shanks and High-Shank presser bars already... without having to hack in or adjust the presser-bar to allow for a higher shank... maybe even if low? I've only been repairing the vintage and antique machines for about two months now and started doing so since found free ones or like $25 or less. Am I missing something why an industrial size machine is required?

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    BlackJack23
    BlackJack23

    13 years ago on Introduction

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

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    JamesA41
    JamesA41

    Reply 6 months ago

    Thinking a vintage sewing machine, like from the mid 70's or earlier that are all metal. Then the correct attachments... like I'm not an expert other than finding the vintage and also antique sewing machines can sew through anything. Currently work on modifying a White Family Rotary (FR) to have the presser bar replaced with one from a Singer 201 so can have low, high and possibly other shank foot attachments.

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    jongscx
    jongscx

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    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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    r3nrut
    r3nrut

    13 years ago on Introduction

    Good job, but i think its already been invented

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    supercas29
    supercas29

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    r3nrut
    r3nrut

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    no not the snuggie. The lippieselkbag

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    JamesA41
    JamesA41

    Reply 6 months ago

    Thanks for that! Didn't know there was a Selk'bag. Interesting and now with even cheaper versions.

    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
    porklips

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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
    JMMBA

    11 years ago on Step 7

    that is f#cking awesome

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    larrymarctte
    larrymarctte

    12 years ago on Step 6

    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
    denisek.sf

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

     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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    codongolev
    codongolev

    12 years ago on Introduction

    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.
    D.L.H.

    12 years ago on Introduction

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