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My sleep sack "innovation"

Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#1
I've used a silk sleep sack for both of my Caminos, and the only issue that I have with it is getting tangled up in it as I sleep. I was thinking how nice it would be to have a bottom fitted sheet that doesn't move around. So I attached tow pieces of elastic to keep the liner in place. I made my own silk sleep sack the same width as a twin bed, and with a zipper, but I think that you could probably add the elastic to any sleep sack. Elastic.jpg Elastic detail.jpg
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#4
Nicely done, trecile. :D:cool:

My backpacking sleeping quilts have a similar strapping system if one wishes to attach it to a sleeping pad or air mattress, but I have not seen that on a regular sleeping bag / sack before. That looks very effective at keeping a restless sleeper from becoming entangled in their bag :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#8
Great idea Trecile! I sew and would love to create this as well. Would you be willing to share the pattern/dimensions so I don't have to recreate the wheel?
Great idea but I am most impressed by the colorful sheet. No way are you ever going to grab the wrong one.
I bought white silk fabric (45 inch wide 8mm habatoi) from Dharma Trading. I bought 6 yards to make sure that I had extra for any mistakes I might make. Then I dyed it using a low water immersion technique with dyes that I had from Dharma. The finished size is just about the same as a twin mattress, and I made a separate pillow case. The elastic is attached about 12 inches from the top and bottom, and I used a 36inch zipper - lightweight invisible on a mesh backing, though I didn't install it as an invisible zipper. The silk is very easy to snip and rip to get nice and even.
This is actually the 3rd silk sack that I've made. The first one I bought a pre-made double silk sack, then dyed it and cut it down to a generous single. It was almost perfect, but not quite, so last year made one from scratch. Both of the first two had the built in pillow cover. I decided that I'd rather have a separate pillow case, and wanted to make some other improvements, so this one is the NEW! IMPROVED! product. :D
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#10
I bought white silk fabric (45 inch wide 8mm habatoi) from Dharma Trading. I bought 6 yards to make sure that I had extra for any mistakes I might make. Then I dyed it using a low water immersion technique with dyes that I had from Dharma. The finished size is just about the same as a twin mattress, and I made a separate pillow case. The elastic is attached about 12 inches from the top and bottom, and I used a 36inch zipper - lightweight invisible on a mesh backing, though I didn't install it as an invisible zipper. The silk is very easy to snip and rip to get nice and even.
This is actually the 3rd silk sack that I've made. The first one I bought a pre-made double silk sack, then dyed it and cut it down to a generous single. It was almost perfect, but not quite, so last year made one from scratch. Both of the first two had the built in pillow cover. I decided that I'd rather have a separate pillow case, and wanted to make some other improvements, so this one is the NEW! IMPROVED! product. :D
Why am I not surprised you're the Queen of Tie-Dye?

Abrazos!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2016)
#13
I bought white silk fabric (45 inch wide 8mm habatoi) from Dharma Trading. I bought 6 yards to make sure that I had extra for any mistakes I might make. Then I dyed it using a low water immersion technique with dyes that I had from Dharma. The finished size is just about the same as a twin mattress, and I made a separate pillow case. :D
Love this idea Trecile! Thanks for sharing all the details. Just looking at Dharma Trading and wondering if by using the 10mm, 12mm or 16mm habatoi (heavier habatoi)) would it make a 'warmer' sleep sack and thus eliminating the need for a sleeping bag? Alternatively, how do you think using a double layer of fabric on the top of the sack would go? Love your colours!
 

arleneo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
El Camino de Santiago French Way
Portuguese Camino - Central Route
#14
I've used a silk sleep sack for both of my Caminos, and the only issue that I have with it is getting tangled up in it as I sleep. I was thinking how nice it would be to have a bottom fitted sheet that doesn't move around. So I attached tow pieces of elastic to keep the liner in place. I made my own silk sleep sack the same width as a twin bed, and with a zipper, but I think that you could probably add the elastic to any sleep sack. View attachment 43946 View attachment 43947
Great idea!
 

DebR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances:
2013; 2014; 2015; 2017; 2018 (October)
#15
I've used a silk sleep sack for both of my Caminos, and the only issue that I have with it is getting tangled up in it as I sleep. I was thinking how nice it would be to have a bottom fitted sheet that doesn't move around. So I attached tow pieces of elastic to keep the liner in place. I made my own silk sleep sack the same width as a twin bed, and with a zipper, but I think that you could probably add the elastic to any sleep sack. View attachment 43946 View attachment 43947
I love this! I’ve also doctored mine (a double) to make a Spanish pillowcase out of it as well.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
#16
how do you think using a double layer of fabric on the top of the sack would go?
If you do this then design it so you can sleep under the double layers on the cooler nights and flip it to sleep under the single layer on the warmer nights. Also if you have a paper sheet available you might be able to sleep under all the layers on a three dog night.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2016
#17
I used to tie-dye in my twenties. And purchased dyes from Dharma trading company - they have been around for awhile. Love this idea and love the colorful sleep sac. I imagine this could cheer up one's spirit at the end of a long hard day of walking. Thanks so much for sharing! I am inspired!
 
Camino(s) past & future
August to September 2016
#20
I bought white silk fabric (45 inch wide 8mm habatoi) from Dharma Trading. I bought 6 yards to make sure that I had extra for any mistakes I might make. Then I dyed it using a low water immersion technique with dyes that I had from Dharma. The finished size is just about the same as a twin mattress, and I made a separate pillow case. The elastic is attached about 12 inches from the top and bottom, and I used a 36inch zipper - lightweight invisible on a mesh backing, though I didn't install it as an invisible zipper. The silk is very easy to snip and rip to get nice and even.
This is actually the 3rd silk sack that I've made. The first one I bought a pre-made double silk sack, then dyed it and cut it down to a generous single. It was almost perfect, but not quite, so last year made one from scratch. Both of the first two had the built in pillow cover. I decided that I'd rather have a separate pillow case, and wanted to make some other improvements, so this one is the NEW! IMPROVED! product. :D
Trecile -thank you for posting this. I do not sew, but I may try this as it doesn't sound too difficult...(I hope):)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Hope to walk the Camino July 2018.
#24
Wish I had seen this before I left. I’m having a hard time with the confinement of my mummy liner bag. I’m also wishing that my pillow case were longer than normal. The pillows provided so far have all been very long, but comfortable.
 
#25
Wish I had seen this before I left. I’m having a hard time with the confinement of my mummy liner bag. I’m also wishing that my pillow case were longer than normal. The pillows provided so far have all been very long, but comfortable.
Not to derail this thread, but just to say that you can find Spanish size all-cotton pillow cases in most of the “tiendas de chinos” that are located in many towns along many different caminos. They are very cheap. The only thing you will have to remember is to remove the pillow case in the morning and take it with you. If I had a quarter for every pillowcase I’ve left on a pillow, as well as for every plug adaptor I’ve left in the wall, I would be a wealthy woman.
 
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Frances starting SJPdP Sept/Oct 2015, April/May 2017
#27
Fantastic idea. I like the wide side opening and I suppose you turn the sheet inside out if you want the opening on the other side and the pillow in the same spot?
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
#29
I've used a silk sleep sack for both of my Caminos, and the only issue that I have with it is getting tangled up in it as I sleep. I was thinking how nice it would be to have a bottom fitted sheet that doesn't move around. So I attached tow pieces of elastic to keep the liner in place. I made my own silk sleep sack the same width as a twin bed, and with a zipper, but I think that you could probably add the elastic to any sleep sack. View attachment 43946 View attachment 43947
Very ingenious ! :cool:
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#30
Fantastic idea. I like the wide side opening and I suppose you turn the sheet inside out if you want the opening on the other side and the pillow in the same spot?
Actually, easier than that. Since the pillowcase is separate, the top and bottom are exactly the same, so I can just flip it so that the opening is on the side that I want.
 

Purky

The Dutch guy
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#32
I'm back from the Camino, and I'm happy to report that my new silk sack worked great! I never got tangled up in it. I'm thinking about exploring the possibility of making them to sell to other pilgrims. Anyone have an idea of the best way to sell them? Etsy?
There is an old (2011) thread on this forum about custom made camino buffs. I think the OP of that thread sold out her order of 250 custom buffs, but it took her two years. You might want to start something similar here (if @ivar doesn't mind...) with your sleep sack innovation to try it out.
To tackle the initial financial aspect of it: crowdfunding (like Kickstarter) might be wise. No money invested in materials and such until you have enough orders. Maybe you can even go custom regarding colors/pattern, but that will depend on how serious you are (and how optimistic you are about the difference between expectation and end result).
Who knows, maybe you'll become a sleep sack millionaire!
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#34
There is an old (2011) thread on this forum about custom made camino buffs. I think the OP of that thread sold out her order of 250 custom buffs, but it took her two years. You might want to start something similar here (if @ivar doesn't mind...) with your sleep sack innovation to try it out.
To tackle the initial financial aspect of it: crowdfunding (like Kickstarter) might be wise. No money invested in materials and such until you have enough orders. Maybe you can even go custom regarding colors/pattern, but that will depend on how serious you are (and how optimistic you are about the difference between expectation and end result).
Who knows, maybe you'll become a sleep sack millionaire!
I wasn't really thinking about making them on a really large scale, which would involve hiring people to do the sewing. I might try making a few and seeing if I can sell them on Etsy or somewhere.
 
Camino(s) past & future
LePuy route (Fall 2018)
#35
I wasn't really thinking about making them on a really large scale, which would involve hiring people to do the sewing. I might try making a few and seeing if I can sell them on Etsy or somewhere.
Just wondering how quickly you can make one of these and if you are willing to do so in a bit of a rush? I'm in Canada and leaving on September 15 for France. I also realize that where you are geographically versus where I am might put a damper on things even if you were willing to put one together that quickly. Thanks so much for sharing your brilliant idea!
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#36
Just wondering how quickly you can make one of these and if you are willing to do so in a bit of a rush? I'm in Canada and leaving on September 15 for France. I also realize that where you are geographically versus where I am might put a damper on things even if you were willing to put one together that quickly. Thanks so much for sharing your brilliant idea!
I just sent you a PM
 
Camino(s) past & future
May 2019
#37
I've used a silk sleep sack for both of my Caminos, and the only issue that I have with it is getting tangled up in it as I sleep. I was thinking how nice it would be to have a bottom fitted sheet that doesn't move around. So I attached tow pieces of elastic to keep the liner in place. I made my own silk sleep sack the same width as a twin bed, and with a zipper, but I think that you could probably add the elastic to any sleep sack. View attachment 43946 View attachment 43947
Any specific reason you use silk?
 

GlobeTrekker

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CF Sept/Oct 2013
CF April/May 2016
Norte (July/August 2019)
#42
@trecile I find this very beautiful and what I'm looking for for my summer Camino. Have you decided to make them? Maybe per order. Will you PM me? :)
 

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