All our Indoor Sleeping Bags have 3 common denominators – the lining, the filling and the zip.
Our lining is made from extra long strand staple cotton which is the highest quality cotton grown. Mostly in America – it used to be called South Sea Island Cotton and is now known as PIMA. We are often dazzled by thread count but it is this long strand staple cotton and the finishing process that counts. Raw cotton is traded through Liverpool and goes to Pakistan where it is spun into yarn. It goes to Italy for the finest finish. Our sheeting has a 230 thread count per square inch and is softened and finished in Northern Italy. It is soft, smooth and light.
The insulating fabric – the jam in the middle of our sandwich – is recognized as the most efficient warmth to weight man made fibre in the world. Goose down is it’s natural equivalent but is not washable. This filling is chosen above all for serious Polar expeditions and for the finest skiwear. Yet it has the capacity to breathe and is cool in summer conditions – it is quite a remarkable product and we are proud to have a license to use it in The Indoor Sleeping Bag.
Our YKK zips have an unfailing reputation for strength and reliability. We have chosen a particular colour for all our Indoor Sleeping Bags so you will recognize the quality in all our products.
We have three types of outside fabric:
Linen is made from the flax plant and needs less fertilizers and pesticides than most other crops – it is low input and therefore much more environmentally friendly. It is also renewable with a short growing cycle and every part of the plant is used. Flax is grown for its fibre (linen, paper, rope) and its seeds (linseed oil). Flax fibre is stronger than cotton fibre and its properties were recognized as early as Phoenician times when it was used to make linen sails. It is said that of all textile fibres linen is the most ecologically sound.
People are often intimidated by linen due to the misconceived notion that it is difficult to care for. The message here is that linen does not have to be treated in any special way and ironing is not obligatory!
We have designed a striped cotton fabric that is woven for us in a mill in Burnley, Lancashire and we also have a majestic oak design which is printed on cotton in Cheshire.
Our webbing straps are made from linen fibres woven for us in Herefordshire and our cotton webbing is manufactured in Derbyshire.
The various ribbons used to tie The Indoor Sleeping Bag are supplied by one of England’s most successful producers in this market.
Our Indoor Sleeping Bags can be washed in a washing machine at 40 degrees. We don’t recommend bleach as it can damage any sort of fabric.
Ideally, as soon as something is spilt on your lovely Indoor Sleeping Bag you should soak it using a good detergent. This could be inconvenient in the middle of the night – just remember to soak the bag as soon as possible. Never throw salt on red wine stains by the way, as this will fix it. You could however dilute the red wine by pouring a little white wine or water on it – then soak it.
Bloodstains mean you ought to soak the patch in cold water right away – never hot water as this will set the stain. Rub on some soap, detergent or shampoo and then wash in the washing machine as normal. This will help – but the best way is to soak as soon as possible in cold water.
Chewing gum – place an ice cube on the stuff and peel it off when it becomes brittle. Other marks left by felt pen and permanent ink can be relieved by dab it off chemicals from your iron monger.
We do not recommend tumble-drying as it always decreases the life of any fabric (think of the fluff in the filter!). Having said that, it is unreasonable to expect people not to use their dryers – it is obviously a more practical way for drying things. 40 minutes on medium heat should be enough. Our Indoor Sleeping Bags will dry overnight if hung up somewhere warm. And about 3 hours on the line outside in sun – in June!
Firstly – you don’t have to. It is perfectly fine to wash your linen and cotton Indoor Sleeping Bag and not iron them – because they are quilted in 4” diamonds (or 10cm) they will look slightly creased, but if you don’t mind and ironing is not one of your favourite pastimes then that’s fine.
However, if you like the idea of pressed linen ironing can be an enjoyable and therapeutic experience! Who am I to put you off? Put on the radio, watch TV, listen to a book on tape – there are endless ways of making ironing a pleasure.