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Mummy bag to blanket conversion

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by killeroy154, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. killeroy154

    killeroy154 Survivalist

    I purchased a military mummy bag last year, so I could see if I liked that type of bag, plus it was inexpensive. It was plenty warm, but I don't like being constrained in it. I've decided to turn it into a blanket. So I started with a seam ripper to cut the threads for the zipper..... yeh right. Scissors worked better. I removed zipper, snaps, velcro, hood and military tag on round foot bed. Ready to sew edges. Time to dig out the old sewing machine. Because i had every thing spooled up with heavy coat thread from a previous project, I had to refill another bobbin with a lighter polyester thread. Wow time gets away when doing camping projects. I'll finish tomorrow. 278711ca16057438ce7b35cc34f4266e.jpg 07f57fe8ec416864d314f0fc2cde5012.jpg d81a5215d893a661ab46acde05c3f54b.jpg ded7ed7b3af6d5bc03bd9162177588e6.jpg a30f600a4f2c45f81a06416e4062dde1.jpg bc5afc86cf9de3baa4b956d0944b232a.jpg
  2. killeroy154

    killeroy154 Survivalist

    I woke up to a rainy afternoon, so good time to finish. All I had left to do was stich the edges. This type of nylon material presented it's own difficulty when sewing. I did get my finger under the needle tightning screw on the downward stroke ouch..... that finger did had a cuss word in it that I won't repeat. My living room looked like a Frosty the snowman murder scene because of all the pieces of white polyfill everywhere. I'll get more use out of it as a blanket. c8fd1dbceed75b73e812d26f47db27f4.jpg c5b4e2d5d2821644b9252bc9071daec2.jpg 7fe7a17c08370997be0d4cb21de491e7.jpg
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  3. Alexandoy

    Alexandoy Survivalist

    I haven't seen a mummy bag but my idea of it is similar to a sleeping bag where you zip yourself with only your head that is left out. I'm not comfortable with it that I feel claustrophobic. I would rather use a comforter or a heavy blanket.
  4. killeroy154

    killeroy154 Survivalist

    Yes sir, I don't like being that confined. Mummy bags pack small and are a great way to stay warm, but you have to be able to sleep with out sprawling out. I use that converted bag more now than I did before.
  5. Northern Dancer

    Northern Dancer Survivalist

    ...@killeroy154 you are so clever!
    I agree - I'm not one for climbing back into the womb. I find, even the "best" of the mummy bags constricting. Hmmm...is this an age thing or what? @Alexandoy - you might not be able to get away with a comforter or heavy blanket when the temperature drops to - 10 or lower.

    I really like picking up on your various projects @killeroy154 - you provide me with inspiration. The only thing that I've made of recent date was a wood box for my tent firewood. Nothing particularily skillful, but fun.
  6. killeroy154

    killeroy154 Survivalist

    I like being creative. I saw my grandson fumbling around with a plastic drawing ruler thingy with round and octagon slots when he was over one day. Well, he just gave it a twist and broke it in half. I didn't like that. I asked him if he could make one like that, and if he could how? It's easy to break things. I know can afford some better things, but I enjoy the challenge and the learning experience of making, or screwing up trying to make, things. Besides, putting money back for retirement.
  7. Northern Dancer

    Northern Dancer Survivalist

    I have an idea that you may think the way I do sometimes. When I'm wandering through a store I find myself saying on occasion, "I can make that." But somehow I never seem to get around to it. Awe yes, retirement - don't forget to put some thought into what you are going to be doing with your time each day. That"s important too.
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