VERY thick blanket!

Old 04-16-2014, 11:39 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 1
Question VERY thick blanket!

Ok, I am very new so I apologize if this is in the wrong place - Please put it where it needs to be if it's wrong!

I need some advice!

My project is a little unorthodox, and it's not exactly a quilt, but I figured the method would be similar.

My husband and I will be living in a tent for a while - not sure how long - so I am making an extremely thick, wool, 2 person sleeping bag. The wool batting is 4" thick, the bottom side will be thick hemp canvas for durability, the top will be some type of thick cotton, and the interior will be probably linen. I'm also making a "sheet pocket" that we can remove and wash like a regular sheet. The entire thing laid flat will be about 108"x75" and will be folded to 54"x75" (we're both pretty small). I'm also debating between an ridiculously giant zipper and a row of buttons as a closure for the open side.

Now, I know I need to tack the layers together to hold the batting in place and keep it from being a big, billowy mess, but how in the world do I baste a 4" thick comforter? Are there pins that enormous? Not to mention this thing is just really really big, so I need a way to hold it in place while still being able to work on it.

Should I just lay it all out and work from one side? Wouldn't starting in the middle be better with everything held down?

Sorry for all the questions - if this is something no one has any clue about because it's so weird, I understand, but I'm really stumped on this one!

Thanks so much!
reachingup09 is offline  
Old 04-17-2014, 02:55 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 625

Wow, what temperatures are you planning to sleep outside in? Is the wool lightweight and puffy or is it dense? Most sleeping bags for extreme temperatures are very light weight and soft - check out a camping store. You want to make a sleeping that will dry quickly, it will get damp/wet from sweat, humidity or possible rain leaks AND should be dried daily.

I would suggest using ties instead of sewing. Remember the more air pockets, the warmer it will be and it will also not overheat you either.

To join the layers, use 2 zippers which meet or almost meet at the bottom middle, this allows the top and bottom layers to be totally separated - makes drying time faster because it is only half the thickness. This also allows if the bag is too warm for one of you, then you can unzip your side only. Most people make a double sleeping bag by joining two single sleeping bags - very easy to put together and take apart.

Use a woolen hat! Keeps your head warm and your body warm too.

If I was planning this adventure then my sleeping bag would be lighter than needed. If I was cold, I would cover the bag with additional blankets for warmth. I would NEVER be making sleeping bags. I would be purchasing two single sleeping bags with the appropriate temperature rating, and be making and/or buying the extra blankets. I have family members which camp during the Winter when it is -40F, and their biggest complaints are from being too warm or unable to dry their equipment.

I hope this helps.
my-ty is offline  
Old 04-17-2014, 04:00 AM
Power Poster
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 40,815

It will be quite a job to quilt it. I suggest tieing it instead. It is still going to be difficult and if you can get your husband to help you, hanging the whole sandwich from a clothesline or balcony might work if you can both stand on a side and pass the needle back and forth. Use strong string and make knots every 4 inches across the whole sandwich.
I second the vote for buying Arctic weather sleeping bags.
Tartan is offline  
Old 04-17-2014, 04:49 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Florida
Posts: 5,616

Are you sure you wouldn't just want to zip two sleeping bags together as a base to start? As Scout campers, our bags are warm, lightweight and dry easily. Then you can focus on a cover and liners instead of reinventing a bag. If you do decide to make a bag, you could get long long zippers from army/navy surplus bags.
toverly is offline  
Old 04-17-2014, 01:37 PM
Power Poster
Jingle's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Outside St. Louis
Posts: 38,031

I have no idea how you would make it. I am just content to stay in my warm house. Sleeping outside in any weather is past my comfort point.
Good luck.
Jingle is offline  
Old 04-17-2014, 05:39 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: West Magic, Idaho
Posts: 129

for the sewing to hold it together, zipper, etc- how about taking it to a saddle shop/shoe repair shop or something along that line. They have realllly heavy duty machines. They might also sew some lines on it that will hold it together. Just a thought. Canvas awning place? Boat tarp maker?
Billie G is offline  
Old 04-17-2014, 07:37 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Piedmont Virginia in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns.
Posts: 8,562

Interesting project!
Take it to a longarm quilter; these machines were originally made to do bedspreads/comforters.
Jan in VA is offline  
Old 04-18-2014, 03:48 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 235

I agree with those who recommend you take this project to a long arm quilter who can do this properly... also I recommend you put a plastic shower curtain or some kind of liner to protect you from dew or rain soaking into the comforter blanket..
big hugs
QuiltinMama is offline  
Old 04-18-2014, 04:26 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 2,061

I would suggest buying two Artic sleeping bags and zipping them together to make one giant one. They have a "waterproof" cover to keep out the dampness and plenty of padding to keep out the cold. I don't think you can successfully put the bag you are thinking about together on a domestic sewing machine.
lclang is offline  
Old 04-18-2014, 04:50 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Alaska
Posts: 2,355

Buy a double person sleeping bag! They are really nice and you can snuggle in them.
KarenR is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
12-05-2014 12:37 PM
Buckeye Rose
04-23-2014 08:46 AM
General Chit-Chat (non-quilting talk)
01-26-2012 09:05 PM
11-10-2011 02:22 PM
01-27-2011 08:50 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter