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Laura Downey
(laurad) - F
Toddler Sleeping Bag on 02/10/2011 08:49:11 MST Print View

I'm thinking about making my son (he's 20 months) a sleeping bag for use on hiking/camping trips. I made one already out of a small quilted throw blanket covered with nylon ripstop, but I don't really like it. This time I think I'm going to use a sweatshirt pattern at the top so it'll have arms, with foldover mittens, and then have a loose bag for his body and legs. I'm not sure what the best fabrics to use are though. Any suggestions?

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Toddler Sleeping Bag on 02/10/2011 09:03:17 MST Print View

MontBell and others have made sleeping bags with no zippers, just a big drawstring for entry and hood. You would adapt that from an existing synthetic fill bag, removing the zipper and sewing up the side. Turn it inside out, sew across the foot to the length you want and cut off the rest. The drawstring hood opening on many bags would be big enough to get a toddler through. With a little luck you might find a really good bag with a bad zipper. I see them at the REI garage sale now and then, or someone here may have one.

The sweatshirt top idea is interesting, but not as warm. You could make an "elephant's foot" bottom to go with an insulated hooded jacket top by cutting the bottom off an existing bag in much the same way as I mentioned above. Wild Things makes a half bag for adults that hits about the armpits.

Andy F
(AndyF) - M

Locale: Midwest/Midatlantic
Re: Toddler Sleeping Bag on 02/12/2011 07:57:42 MST Print View

We always dress our kids fairly warmly in a fleece jumper and maybe fleece jacket. The material of the bag doesn't matter very much as long as it's somewhat light and durable. I'd go with 1.1 oz ripstop nylon and Climashield insulation. This is what Ray Jardine's quilt kits use.

Edited by AndyF on 02/12/2011 07:58:14 MST.