How to Sew a Sleeping Pad Chair

How to Sew a Sleeping Pad ChairSleeping pad chairs offer campers, hikers, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts a versatile sitting and sleeping arrangement. Marketed for outdoor use (although, it also can be used indoors), sleeping pad chairs are space savers. Packing one on your next vacation will save you from hauling extra chairs and sleeping bags when participating in common outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking and cooking by a campfire. Prop yourself up against the sleeping pad chair during the day, and sleep on it at night. Its versatile function will make it well worth the hour or so it takes to make.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Measuring tape
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Unbleached muslin
  • Straight pins
  • Foam Pad
Step 1
Cut two 3-feet by 7-feet sheets of unbleached muslin. Muslin is a type of loosely woven cotton fabric that can be purchased at a local fabric store. Size the muslin according to the height and width of the user. Add a 12-inch allowance to the height and width of the person.
Step 2
Pin the two pieces together by adding a straight pin every two inches. Start at one corner, and continue pinning until all the sides are joined.
Step 3
Add a straight stitch one inch from the rim of the fabric along both short sides and one of the long sides.
Step 4
Flip the fabric inside out.
Step 5
Stuff the foam pad inside the cover, pressing and smoothing it down completely.
Step 6
Flip the edge of the unstitched side down so you have a one-inch flap. Pass your needle through the open side of the fabric. Pull it through the fabric and then back under it. Repeat until the open side of the fabric is sewn shut.
Step 7
Add stitch lines in the fabric, which will guide how you fold the sleeping pad chair. Move down about 24 inches from the top of the sleeping pad chair. Stitch across the sleeping pad chair from side to side. Add a second stitch one inch down from the first. You will have two lines, which will be one-inch apart.
Step 8
Add a second set of stitch lines another 24 inches from the second stitch you made in Step 7. Again, move down one inch and add a second stitch line.

Tips & Warnings

Strap the sleeping pad chair to the back of your backpack when hiking.
Lay the sleeping pad chair flat on the ground and use as a sleeping mattress (a thin one, of course).
Fold the sleeping pad chair along the stitch lines and use as a propping pillow.
Stitching can be removed if you make a mistake.
When camping during colder months, it is important to always use a sleeping pad chair to act as a barrier between you and the cold ground.


Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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