I have been DIYing for a while in the hammock arena. I have always tried to figure out a way to do it myself before I end up calling "the guy" growing up so when it was time to make my own camping gear, I just jumped right in with scissors in hand.
This is no different. A camping buddy of mine made us each one but I didn't like the way he approached the project.
He took a down comforter and split it down the middle. Then sewed up the holes and attached some ripstop to the outside and sewed in some channels. it worked but was a bit bulky and heavy.
So I decided to make my own.
I took the UQ that he made and first cut off the ripstop.
Then I sewed in a line of stitching along ghe border of each of the squares about a half inch away from the original square.
I then started cutting.
With no fans blowing, I cut out each square between the stitch that I made and the original stitch. (pictures one and two.)
I carefully emptied the down into a plastic trash bag and then turned the square inside out to get as much of the down as I could.(pic three)
I ended up with about a bag and a half of down. (Pic 4) Now I am no down expert but I could tell this was not top-quality down. After my buddy only paid $10 for the queen comforter on E-bay.
So then I sewed in a couple of deep channels on each end and some channels on the side.
my next step is to lay it out as I did in the remainder of the pics and obtain as much even distribution of the down as possible and sew in three columns of three rows for my squares.
Update and more pics to come.
Removing the down was easier and not as messy as I thought it would be. I recommend turning off all air movers and move slowly to transfer the down from one area to the next. I do not have a clean ShopVac as I have read some folks use so I opted for the manual removal of said down.
Needless to say I am hooked on DIY! and it weighs in at 28 3/8oz or 804 gms
How is that for weight? Is that okay or should I shoot from something lighter?