Ways to Reuse Old Sleeping Bags

Posted on December 17, 2008 by Allie

Erikka asked for ideas on what to do with an old sleeping bag.  Here are a few.

If the sleeping bag is in basically good condition, but you’ve replaced it with a newer model, consider donating it to your local homeless shelter or Volunteers of America World.org recommends giving it to your local Boy/Girl Scouts branch.  Or, if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you may want to keep it in the trunk of your car in the winter, in case you get stranded in a white-out or other major weather situation.

If it needs a new zipper, repair it and put it back to use.

If it’s simply not warm enough for your current needs, consider getting or making a sleeping bag liner instead of getting a whole new bag.  This one from REI adds up to 15 degrees of warmth to your current bag.

If sections of it are unusable, try cutting the bag down to make a smaller bag for a child, a pet bed, or sew and stuff to make a floor pillow for extra seating.  You can also donate it to your local animal hospital or animal shelter, since they are always looking for blankets, towels, etc. to use as bedding.

You can take the fiberfill or down out and use it to stuff pillows, while using the fabric scraps left over for quilting, cleaning or making a rag rug.

Or put it up on Freecycle and see if anyone else wants to use it.

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  1. Great ideas. I may put my old one to use as a new bed for Lucydog.

    December 18th, 2008 at 2:06 am
    Comment by The Modern Gal
  2. Funny, I was just thinking last night about an old sleeping bag I have and what to do with it. A homeless shelter sounds like a good place to take it.

    December 18th, 2008 at 10:14 pm
    Comment by mickey
  3. [...] something breaks, repair it!  Whether it’s a hole in a coat pocket, a zipper on a sleeping bag, or a bike with broken gears, chances are a fix will be relatively quick and tremendously cheaper [...]

    January 3rd, 2009 at 11:01 am
    Pingback by Easy Peasy Tip: Repair It! | Tiny Choices
  4. I was thinking about this because my friend had one that he couldn’t give away to anyone (quite old, broken zip etc…), and so he offered it to me (I’m quite into reusing things). It has been sitting in my house for a while, and then I remembered seeing somewhere that there is a company that turns old sleeping bags into laptop cases, and I thought I could do something similar by cutting it up and turning it into a case for my ukulele!

    January 28th, 2009 at 4:04 pm
    Comment by Lee

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