Learning how to make a mummy sleeping bag is more complicated than learning to make a standard sleeping bag. Standard sleeping bags are basically quilts folded in half with a zipper closing one small end and one long end. In the interest of warmth, the mummy sleeping bag is the better choice.
To make a mummy sleeping bag, you will need:
- String (for the hood)
- Needles (sewing machines can be used)
- A tape measure
- Quilting pins
- A sewing wheel (this handy tool uses chalk to mark where you want to sew)
- A seam ripper (just in case)
- Set down on paper exactly what you want your sleeping bag to look like when you are finished. Be specific; this is where you will determine how much you will need in the way of supplies.
- Purchase all of your supplies. When you get home, lay out the fabric and batting to make sure you have enough of these items.
- With a sewing wheel, or whatever you want use, draw out the shape of the mummy sleeping bag. It will go from narrow to wide. It will go suddenly to narrow again at the top for the head. The width at the bottom should be approximately thirty inches. At the top it will be sixty before you come back in for the hood, which will be about twenty inches. The length is determined by the height of the person who will be using it. For a man who is six feet tall, the measurements would be more in the 76-inch range.
- With the fabric laid out with the batting, lay the other half of the fabric over the batting. Once the fabric and batting are laid out, use the fabric pins to hold all three layers together until you can sew them together. You can use a simple spiral design to hold the batting in place, or you can get more creative with your design.
- When you have completed your quilting, sew a seam around the outside edges of the entire sleeping bag. From the inside of the mummy sleeping bag (turn it inside out), sew the sides together for 48 inches.
- The next thing to do is make the seam for the drawstring for the hood. Sew a seam all the way around the hood. Thread the string through. Tie a knot at each end of the string to keep it from coming back out.
- Keeping in mind that the sleeping bag is inside out, sew in the zipper. You are now ready to try out your mummy sleeping bag.
Keep in mind that you will need twice as much material as you will batting because you will have material on both sides of the batting. It is also important to keep in mind that after the batting is sandwiched by the fabric, it will be folded in half to make the mummy sleeping bag. A strong thread will last longer; on the other hand, these are also more expensive.