Hi folks Here is a little run down on how I made my ¾ length Under blanket.
The material was bought on eBay and is a quilted waxed cotton outer and a thick fleece inner. This makes it resistant to the element and it is extremely warm. I don’t need any additional mats when using this and with my sleeping bag and top quilt It has kept me warm during “middle of winter” camp outs up here in the North of Scotland when the temps have been well below 0.
The reason it is a ¾ length and not a full length is the material was bought for a different project and I only had enough left to make it ¾ though it will be easy to adjust measurement for a full length.
1. I started with the material and cut a rectangle measuring 60” x72”.
2. I then sewed some bias binding along all the raw edges to make it neat and to stop any unravelling of the edges.
3. The material was folded in half ( on the longest axis). At both ends I measured 19” down from the top and made a mark, then 20” along the bottom and made a mark. I then joined the 2 marks up by free handing a curve. (Do this both ends).
4.I folded the material the same way but inside out this time and starting from the inside I sewed the curve ( about 1 cm from the edge). This gave me the end shape.
5. On both edges (the longest sides) I made a 2” fold pinned it straight then sewed it together. This gave me a channel on both edges to run cord through. I ran a length of paracord through both sides ( this needs to be long enough to tie around the trees and hold the blanket up. I finishes off with a stopper toggle. This means I can move the blanket up and down the line wher I need it then use the toggle to hold it in place.
6. On the short edges this time I took a 4”wide x 35” long strip piece of silnylon and sewed it 3cm down on the edge of the blanket. This gave me a channel on both the short ends. I then ran some 5mm bungee cord through both sides ( again this needs to be long enough when stretch a little bit to tie around the trees) and again both ends had stopper toggles put on them that would allow me to cinch the material up. In addition, the bungee will allow movement when in the hammock so that it always springs back into place.
I normally put my hammock up first, I then then tie both ends of the para cord on the one side first and then tie the other ends up after pulling it up and taught. I can then move the under blanket along the ridgelines to exactly where I need it. The toggles are put right up against the blanket channels to hold it place, the bungee cords are then tied and stoppered as well.
I try to get it so that when I am lying in the hammock there is about a fists wide gap between the bottom of the hammock and the under blanket. This gives you an air pocket and helps conserve heat.
If you have any questions please ask and I will do my best to answer.
All the best