vintage DIY

WIP as usual:







Home-Made Sleeping Bag

These instructions from from the 1938 issue of “Fálkinn”, an Icelandic newspaper. This is intended for young boys to be able to make themselves.

We used these kinds of materials in our sleeping bag:
– water-proof tent fabric (oilcloth)
– thick wool fabric and stuffing/padding (you can buy cheaper, loose, un-dyed wool at knitting shops).
Each piece is 150 by 200 centimetres, like you see in the illustration.
1. They are in this order (picture 3): a tent fabric, b wool fabric and c lining. Sew these three layers loosely together (see the large dashed lines in picture 2).

2. Now cut a 70-cm long slit in the layers (see z) and boarder it and fasten on the zip. And do this well, so that all the layers are fastened in the boarder. The top boarder (part x) is a boarder of strong wax-fabric/oilcloth (see 4).

3. Now comes the most difficult. Mark (do not sew!) equal rectangles along the sleeping bag, such as in picture 2, so that the bag is divided into four rectangles across. It may as well be split into any number of divisions as you want, as long as they are good and clean. Thicken the sleeping bag by stuffing in as much stuffing as you can, in-between the wool and the lining fabric. When you are done with that, everything is sewn shut according to picture 2, and it must be done by hand instead of machine.

4. At last, the sides of the sleeping bag are sewn together to create a log of fabric, and the sleeping bag is finished. Make sure that while you do this the sleeping bag is inside-out, meaning the lining is facing the outside instead of the inside.

Use strong thread to sew with, because there will be a lot of stress on the seams when you move around in the sleeping bag.

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Original photos and instructionshere (Swedish).
I have some fine hangers I picked up at a flea market that are decorated with ribbon, could they be from the 50’s? They are very fine in any case. So now I thought to do my own.

You need:
Ribbon, in two colours.
A clothes-hanger.

Take the ribbon and start at one end of the hook, gluing down the ribbon to the underside of the hanger (see the photo!) and also gluing the first loop on the overside down as well.

Take the other colour and wrap it in with the first, weaving them together so that both colours are secure.

Then you can weave the ribbons down the length of the hanger. In our example they are done in an x-manner. When you get to the end of the hanger, glue the last parts of the ribbon down tightly on the underside of the hanger.


Was browsing for sewing patterns and found this kitchenware pattern from 1938, a 1939 knitted, woolen bathing suit, some national dress doll clothing from 1945, and bow-making instructions from 1955. Pez picture is from 1959.

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