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How to Sew a Nylon Sleeping Bag


Sleeping bags have uses beyond keeping warm on chilly nights in tents, enjoying the great outdoors with your family. You can use sleeping bags to set up campouts in the living room for the kids and their friends or sleep out under the stars on those warm summer nights. Nylon is the primary fabric used for making sleeping bags. Typically there will be another fabric that is used in unison with the nylon to make the fabric stronger and more durable. If the nylon fabric on your sleeping bag rips, you can repair it relatively quickly.

 
1
Fold the nylon inside out as much as possible so that you can sew the rip on the underside of the nylon fabric.
2
Thread your needle with a length of nylon thread. The length of the thread will depend on the size of the rip in the fabric.
3
Place the thimble on your finger so that you will not accidentally stick yourself with the needle.
4
Use a simple loop stitch to stitch the fabric. When you get ¼ to 1/8 of an inch from the end of your stitching goal, turn the fabric right-side out, and continue your stitch on top of the nylon to close up the rip completely.
5
Snip the end of the thread once the stitching is complete and make two loop knots to hold the stitching in place. Cut off the excess thread. Place a length of electrical tape over the stitching to provide extra durability.
Tips & Warnings
Since this process is for a sleeping bag, it is not necessary for the stitching to be perfect, but it must be tight.
 
Failure to use a thimble may result in pricking your finger with the needle, causing your finger to bleed and possibly stain the sleeping bag.

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