|This year's model|
The year I made my first stuff sack, I didn't really think about it until the day before the retreat. I think it may actually have been the day OF the retreat! We own stuff sacks for our sleeping bags, but those were too small and I always had a problem stuffing the sleeping bags back into them. This time I was taking sheets plus fleece blankets, and knew those smaller stuff sacks would never work.
I hurriedly looked online to find a tutorial for making my own. This stuff sack made from a shower curtain looked like just what I needed. There was no time to go to Walmart. Since I had to do my grocery shopping anyway, I zipped into a Marshalls in the same plaza and found a suitable shower curtain for under $10.
Note that this needs to be a fabric shower curtain, not a vinyl one. You could probably find one in a thrift store, but when I made the first one I didn't have the luxury of looking around in different stores. This is such a fast project! You cut two simple rectangles, turn one into the carrying strap and the other one into the sack itself. Only straight seams are required, and only a few of them. I just used cording that I had on hand for the drawstring.
I was so pleased with the finished product. It held a set of flannel sheets, a full-sized fleece blanket (all rolled up, of course) and a pillow.
|my first stuff sack|
|The finished sack unstuffed|
|... and stuffed, ready to go.|
If you have need of a sack like this, give the simple tutorial a try. I think you'll be pleased with the result!