How to Make Your Own Bivy Sack

Written by sarah metzker erdemir
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to Make Your Own Bivy Sack
(Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

A bivy sack, short for bivouac sack, is the choice for campers who can't or don't want to sleep in a tent. It is an airtight, watertight, windproof bag that goes over the sleeping bag and the user's head. A bivy sack makes a sleeping bag warmer, and lets you sleep under the stars and in places where pitching a tent isn't practical. A bivy sack can be quite expensive, however, so try these steps for making your own.

Skill level:
Moderate

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Sewing machine
  • 3 yards Gore-Tex
  • 3 yards coated nylon taffeta or other waterproof net fabric
  • Thread
  • 30-inch and 8-inch zipper or Velcro
  • Scissors

Show MoreHide

Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut the Gore-Tex and taffeta so that they are 40 inches across and 2 ½ yards long.

  2. 2

    Lay the taffeta on the Gore-Tex with the Gore-Tex inside facing out.

  3. 3

    Sew the fabrics together with the seam ½-inch from the edge.

  4. 4

    After sewing all around the edges, stop the seam 30 inches from where you started (this is where you will attach a zipper).

  5. 5

    Sew the fabrics again along the first seam for extra strength.

  6. 6

    Attach the 30-inch zipper or Velcro to the opening on the side. This is where you will get in and out of the sack.

  7. 7

    Cut an 8-inch slit in the Gore-Tex and attach the 8-inch zipper or Velcro.

  8. 8

    Turn the bag right-side out so the seams are inside. It is now ready to use.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.