Wednesday, February 19, 2014

project: hammock camping, topquilt

You're out in the middle of God's green wilderness, experiencing a fine night in a hammock, but there's a chill in the air. Too hot for a heavy sleeping bag, but too cold for the pj's to keep you warm. What is that magic extra little layer to keep you warm? 
A lightweight top quilt! Ok, ok, a blanket, to the normal world, lol.

My family enjoys hammock camping together. We generally use sleeping bags to keep us warm, but sometimes they are just too bulky/heavy for what we need (especially in the late spring through early fall months). Most of the afghans or throw blankets we have around the house are too short to use as a blanket while sleeping through the night. They get pulled off when you shift positions in the middle of the night. What to do? The solution was found courtesy of Derek of The Ultimate Hang. An easy DIY top quilt made with thin fleece or even a flannel sheet.

source here

A few months ago, back on Black Friday, we snagged 2 yards of blizzard fleece at 2.99/yard for each of our family members. Each material measured approximately 58 inches wide and 70 inches long. Not even a Walmart clearance find could rival that deal! ;) 

With a quick run through the sewing machine, I made a foot box for each blanket. Basically I sewed across the bottom and up the side about 15 inches. This will be just enough for us to tuck our feet in without the blanket being pulled off of them in the middle of the night.
Best perk? We all got to pick our own patterns (from a limited selection).  You can see three of the four of ours' in this post. Cozy enough for napping with inside too, according to my husband :)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for stopping by our blog earlier. These blankets look like a really neat idea. They look easy enough and look like they would be great for outdoor events as well as indoors when there is a little chill in the air.

    Sean at His and Her Hobbies


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