Homemade Silk Liner
Making a silk sleeping bag liner is a pretty straight forward project. Start by going to your local fabric store to buy some silk fabric. I found some at JoAnn Etc. There was a section with "Silk Solids" for about $2.99 per yard - 72" width. If you're a small to medium size person you can probably get by using a folded 72" width section of silk, otherwise you'll have to buy twice as much silk. Buy about 2 and 1/4 yards of silk, or more if you're taller. This should cost you about $7 to $8.
Once you have bought the silk, fold it in half. With a chalk pencil or just a pen, mark out the desired shape and then pin it up for sewing. Using the sharpest cissors you can find, cut out your pattern. Then using some polyester thread (if available) sew two or three stitches into the edge of the cut. You should now have a nice silk bag. Turn the bag inside out to hide the stitch. Then if you want, sew back the top of the bag so the material doesn't unravel.
The silk liner that I made for myself weighs about 4 oz. which is far less than the typical 6-7 oz. store bought silk sleeping bag liner and at a fraction of the cost! Plus, you can't beat the fact that I found some bright green silk! ;)
Last Revised: 02/05/2002