DIY Sleeping Pad

DIY Sleeping Pad @themerrythought For those of you that don’t want to haul around an air mattress but would still like a bit of cushion between your spine and the rocky, root-filled ground… this is the perfect project for you. Just a bit of basic sewing and you’ll have a light weight sleeping pad to strap to your backpack and take on your next trip!
DIY Sleeping Pad @themerrythought What you need:
-Thick Batting or Thin Foam
-Sewing Machine

How to make it:
-Cut out a 46″ x 61″ piece of fabric.
-Fold it in half along the 46″ side with the right-side facing in. (So it measures 23″ x 61″.)
-Straight stitch 1/2″ in from the edge along one of the short sides and then down the long side.
-On the open side, iron down 1/2″ of fabric along the entire opening.
-Flip your case right-side out.
-Insert your batting (Mine measured 45″ x 60″, so it fit perfectly when folded in half. You can trim the batting if necessary.) You may want to pin your batting in place on the edges to keep it from sliding around until you are done.
-Straight stitch across the open side about 1/4″ in from the edge.
-Stitch some small dashes or x’s throughout the sleeping pad to keep the batting in place.
DIY Sleeping Pad @themerrythoughtDIY Sleeping Pad @themerrythoughtDIY Sleeping Pad @themerrythoughtHope this makes your next sleep out in the wilderness a bit more comfortable!

P.S. Taking these photos had me seriously craving a backpacking adventure… who’s with me?!

xo. Caitlin

  • MelissaTuesday, July 15, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    This is such a good idea. Especially with it being festival season!ReplyCancel

  • NatashaTuesday, July 15, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    I’m not into camping at al, but these photos are making me consider it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyTuesday, July 15, 2014 - 9:05 pm


    I also have a backpack just like that in orange:)ReplyCancel

  • AlisonWednesday, July 16, 2014 - 10:30 am

    Yes! Yet another one of your DIYs that I can’t wait to try. I have an inflatable sleeping pad, but my boyfriend does not. This is such a perfect (and easy) sewing project to do next. Plus, I love how they roll up and fit right into your daypack frame.

    XO Alison

  • Jennifer AdamsThursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:50 am

    Great project! Where did you find that striped ticking fabric? I’ve been looking for fabric of that type …ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathThursday, July 17, 2014 - 1:09 pm

      I found it at Joann’s!ReplyCancel

  • ShaniSaturday, July 19, 2014 - 7:13 am

    I would love to try making one of these, would make camping feel homely. Look so nice too!

  • LaércioTuesday, May 31, 2016 - 11:24 am


    About this bagpack in the picture, I want to buy.

    Where to buy this bagpack model? Send me more information about it!

    From Salvador-BA.ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, May 31, 2016 - 11:46 pm

      This is a vintage backpack that my cousin’s family has had for years. I’m not sure where to find this same type of backpack – Sorry!ReplyCancel

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