I sleep in a hammock when we’re out in the woods and generally I have 2 sheepskins underneath me. These are lovely and snug but when they slip in the night I wake up with cold patches on my back and its a pain to get warm & get back to sleep again.
So I wanted an underblanket but refused to spend £50+ to buy one. I dug out an old polyester filled sleeping bag that was in the back of a wardrobe, you could certainly use a down filled bag for this and I will add in extra thoughts along the way in case that’s what you intend. My blanket will never win a beauty contest but it is a cheap and practical solution to a good nights kip.
Polyester filled sleeping bag – free
2 toggles taxed from my old farm waterproof – free
8 metres of nylon cord – 32p
2 wooden beads – free
Old belt off a dress – free
Firstly I unpicked the sleeping bag zip. I’m gonna keep hold of this because I like the idea of fixing it to a thin fleece blanket to make a loose, stretchy lightweight summer sleeping bag.
Luckily Jon has a posh Snugpack underblanket which I could take reference from. I laid it out on top of mine to get an idea of size etc.
I marked the centre of the sides and measured a 4″ gap that I wanted to keep open to allow the cord to come up through so I can regulate the temperature inside the hammock (See ‘Thermostat’ below!)
This was then pinned (inside of the chalk line) and the corners cut off. NOTE; if you are using a down bag it’s gonna start to get messy at this point. Push as many of the feathers inside of the chalk line & stitch with a basic running stitch to hold them in place. If you treasure peace at home do not do this inside the house.
Do that on both side of the blanket.
Part 2 to follow…