When I went for Hajj last year, it was hard to figure out my sleeping bag situation for the night of Muzdalifah. What I ended up doing was sewing my own “sleeping bag liner” (basically a sleeping bag made out of a sheet) that I used with a yoga mat between me and the ground. The reason I settled for making a sleeping bag liner myself are the following reasons: I didn’t want to bring it back with me, I wanted it to be made out of a pure cotton sheet because the weather was horribly hot, and I didn’t want to be wasteful by buying a brand new sleeping bag liner for one-time use.
Here’s how you can make your own, and may your journey be a beautiful one. Hajj mabroor, may you have a spotless Hajj and may it be accepted! I didn’t take pictures of my sleeping bag liners when I made them, and I left mine in Makkah. My husband’s is around somewhere, but I don’t remember where!
Introducing: Upcycled Sleeping Bag Liner for Hajj
Age Range: 9+ years old
Cost: $ out of $$$$
What You’ll Need:
- an old twin-sized sheet
- thread (matching color to the sheet)
- needle or sewing machine
- zipper or buttons (optional)
- Find an old sheet you don’t care for. If you don’t have one at home, then go to the thrift store. (I used a twin size sheet from the thrift store.)
2. Fold the sheet in half and sew the bottom and then halfway to 2/3 way up the open side.
3. Optional: Sew in a zipper (what I did) or buttons to help close the side. Make sure you leave a foot of space at the top to allow yourself to easily get in and out of the bag. This picture shows a different version of how a sleeping bag liner and pillowcase can be in one “bag” altogether (but it looks like more sewing to me.)
it was really quite simple to do, and I am horrible at sewing. I sewed everything by hand, and even figured out how to sew a zipper into the side (also a first.) It took forever doing it by hand, but I would suggest recruiting an aunty from the masjid who knows how to sew. With a sewing machine, it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes from start to finish.
I got matching pillowcases from the thrift store as well to cover my pillow with. I suggest getting an inflatable pillow (airplane pillow or rectangular mini pillow). You can also take an old fleece throw blanket and cut it in half so that it fits inside the sleeping bag liner you made (you never know when you’ll get stuck with horrible AC problems, like in Mina or even your hotel/building.)
As a final note, I ended up using my sleeping bag liner nearly the whole trip. I really liked it 🙂