Before nylon sleeping bags...
... outdoor rest took on a simpler look.
With a strong piece of canvas, sewed into a quick bag...
... lined with spare fabric and marked by the signs of the wild...
... we're enjoying those wonderful moments under the stars...
... equipped with this wonderful cowboy roll sleeping sack. Perfect for the Great American Camp Out this weekend!
- Canvas (could be organic cotton duck, regular canvas, or even a painter's cloth)
- Ribbon (two pieces about 48" long)
- Track Stencil (Coyote, Black Bear and Deer tracks). Click on this photo to enlarge, then drag it to your desktop and print it out.
- Remnant fabric for lining (optional)
- Black fabric paint (optional)
- paintbrush (optional)
Hem the edge of a 50" x 55" piece of duck canvas. If you would like lining, you can place this on top of the canvas before you finish the edges. Once all the edges are finished, fold it in half the long way with the lining on the inside. On the bottom edge, place two pieces of ribbon (folded in half so that they can function as 4 ribbons) inside the bottom seam equidistant from the edges (these will be your ties when you roll it up for storage. Sew along the bottom edge (over the ribbons) and up the side until there is about 18-20" of open seam along the top section of the side near the opening. This is where you will fold down your cowboy roll if you'd like.
Decorate the bag with animal tracks by using the template above and a little black fabric paint (optional). Then grab a soft pillow, put your favorite cozy blanket inside and enjoy a night under the stars!
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