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    Even if it won't zip up, a few adjustable shock cords should help close it up. Or you could complete the murder (Murder One? I heard this on TV), and add a gusset.

    Now, Red, about that billboard...
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    A few more pix after getting it rigged and some adjustments etc. Please disregard background clutter..... its a basement
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    I have many different bags of the rectangular walmart variety. So I'm looking to do the same thing you did here with one of my sleeping bags. I am wondering what degree sleeping bag I need to use in order to stay warm enough. I use a thermarest prolite sleeping pad in my hammock. I'm guessing that a 30 degree bag will be just fine down to about 10 degrees.

    What would you all suggest?

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    Redoleary, Nice Job! I like the drawstring channel you did in the foot box. I just cut a hole and sewed several circles around to keep it from expanding. I did this also in the head so I could cinch it up around my face. And to keep the gathered end of the hammock from expanding the hole I tied a string just inside the sleeping bag ends on the hammock. But I think your drawstring and grosgrain does the same just at a much nicer look. I'm not one to sew.
    And your way allows the sleeping bag to be used normally whereas mine I will have to stuff clothing or stuff bags to block the holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redeye View Post
    I have many different bags of the rectangular walmart variety. So I'm looking to do the same thing you did here with one of my sleeping bags. I am wondering what degree sleeping bag I need to use in order to stay warm enough. I use a thermarest prolite sleeping pad in my hammock. I'm guessing that a 30 degree bag will be just fine down to about 10 degrees.

    What would you all suggest?
    I don't think a 30 degree bag wrapped around a hammock gets you to 10 degrees, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redeye View Post
    I have many different bags of the rectangular walmart variety. So I'm looking to do the same thing you did here with one of my sleeping bags. I am wondering what degree sleeping bag I need to use in order to stay warm enough. I use a thermarest prolite sleeping pad in my hammock. I'm guessing that a 30 degree bag will be just fine down to about 10 degrees.

    What would you all suggest?
    I think that what ever the bag is rated at is prolly as low as you can go and the pad might get you a few more degrees, but there are too many variables to really guesstimate. Testing is really all you can do. You def get a better lay w/o a pad so ideally the uq would replace the pad. But cold camping brings new challenges so a pad may be necessary.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crash View Post
    Redoleary, Nice Job! I like the drawstring channel you did in the foot box. I just cut a hole and sewed several circles around to keep it from expanding. I did this also in the head so I could cinch it up around my face. And to keep the gathered end of the hammock from expanding the hole I tied a string just inside the sleeping bag ends on the hammock. But I think your drawstring and grosgrain does the same just at a much nicer look. I'm not one to sew.
    And your way allows the sleeping bag to be used normally whereas mine I will have to stuff clothing or stuff bags to block the holes.

    There's another cottage industry out there for those who convert sleeping bags.
    Thanks Crash. The drawstring is still a little stiff but in time it may loosen up and make a better seal on the end. I made a plug for the end out of the leftovers from the mod just for that purpose, but useing clothes while on the trail is an even better idea.
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    Well... Here is what I ended up doing.

    I first started off by choosing a standard Coleman sleeping bag that had a 40 degree rating(I'm a very warm bodied person). It measures 66 X 81 when opened up.

    I started by first removing the zipper.

    Next I cut along the head and foot ends of the sleeping bag. Then, I removed about 10 inches of insulation from each end of the bag. The bag had a sew line I followed on both sides. I did this so I could insert shockcord and draw up each end to keep out drafts.

    After I removed the insulation, I resewed along the inner stitch line, the one 10 inches in. I also sewed back over each end of the bag closing it up again.

    I then added grosgrain much as you did and added the shockcord for a draw string. I need to figure out some way to keep the quilt up in the middle.


    Sorry I don't have a camera to post any pictures. I am testing it out on the 26th to see if it's warm enough.

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    Just sew on a few small loops/tabs in the middle and put a piece of bungee over the RL, that should hold up the middle.
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