Camping Foam Pad and Case

My husband has been doing some training with the military and has been sleeping on a cot. Trying to sleep, anyway. It’s been super uncomfortable so he asked that I buy him a foam pad for it. They were really thin and not very squishy, so I bought a queen-sized foam mattress pad instead. Doubled up it will be thicker and more comfortable.

Queen Sized Foam Mattress Pad
Fabric (or a queen sized sheet would work better)

1. First cut your foam mattress pad in half. It should be almost perfect size for a cot (or to lay on the ground under a sleeping bag). My mattress pad measured 56″ x 77″ x 1.25″. If yours is different the next few measurements will be different also.

2a. If you are using fabric instead of a sheet you need to cut your fabric. You should have two pieces that measure 33″ x 80″. I was using fabric I had, so I had to sew two pieces together to get the right length.

2b. If you are using a sheet, you don’t need to cut anything, just fold your sheet in half.

3. Next you will need to sew around all the edges but one of the skinny sides. Make sure your outsides of the fabric are together. When you are done turn it inside out.

4. The final step of sewing is to hem the edge and add velcro. We’re going to make that one step. Fold the edges, and pin the velcro on top of them. Sew the edges of the velcro.

5. Now for the fun part. Getting the case onto the doubled-up foam pad is a little bit of a nightmare. It’s just like a pillowcase. Bunching it up and putting it on like panty hose helped.

Velcro it shut and your done! I used rope to tie it when it’s rolled up, but you could sew on straps. Have fun camping more comfortably!

14 thoughts on “Camping Foam Pad and Case”

    1. Oh that’s a good idea too! When it comes home I will have to make sure it stays inside (instead of with the camping stuff in the garage) so I can use it for guests. Thanks!

  1. That’s genius! I’ll have to file this away for when we start camping again. We call Troy “old man bitch back” for a reason, and this would be perfect.

    Thanks for linking up!

    1. Oooh, family. Huh I forgot we have more than one person in our family. I will have to make more! Thanks for checking it out!

  2. Great idea…I MIGHT even consider camping if I had something comfy like this! Thanks so much for sharing on Show and Tell Wednesday at SNAP!

    xoxo, Tauni

    1. Thanks for hosting! You know, camping is really about getting away, taking a break and relaxing so comfy is the way to go! Thanks for checking it out!

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