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    Senior Member JasonJones's Avatar
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    Our First DIY UQ

    So the wife and I spent an afternoon recovering the down out of the old sleeping bag I had as it was just "too much" to really use easily as-is...



    So we recovered about 29.5oz from this bag, quick and dirty volume to weight test told me it was at least 800fp down, not one feather in the entire bag, I was impressed!

    We set out to make 2 underquilts out of this salvaged down, the first being a nice and puffy winter quilt for me that the wife could use during the rest of the year. She's a cold sleeper, I'm a hot sleeper, and she wont camp when its below 40, so no need for 2 winter quilts, yay! The other quilt will be a lighter quilt to use up the rest of the down, yet to be made.

    I used the calculator from this site to figure out my baffles and fabric sizes, many thanks to Metor and others for putting that together. For the differential cut I needed slightly wider fabric than I had, so we just sewed 2 panels on each edge to get to the right length, those 2 panels were for the edge baffles, it came out looking sharp with the white fabric trim. We used a heavier ripstop as it was what we had local, and the extra few ounces would not kill us as we are mainly car campers, short hikes. I figured the heavier ripstop would help with the wind a bit too.

    60"x48" - 3.5" Baffles - 18oz 800fp+ down - 2lbs with suspension

    Black inside, Gray outside with white for the last baffles. Matching white Triangle thingies for suspension. It lofts up huge and stuffs pretty small for the heavier ripstop.





    I got in and adjusted everything, and just laying in there without any top insulation at all in shorts and t-shirt it was getting nice and toasty. It was bout 50f with 5mph or so breeze. Can't wait to get out and test it!

    We couldn't have made it without all the great information here on the forums and everyone's willingness to share information, big thanks!

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    Senior Member Les Rust's Avatar
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    Looks good. Love folks recycling gear! For that matter, love folks recycling anything. Let us know how it does.

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    New Member Noble1984's Avatar
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    great job keep up the good work.

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    Good job - that's a nice looking quilt.

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    Very nice!
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    Great work!

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    Looks great - nice work!
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    Beautiful job. You both should be proud of such excellent work.
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    Senior Member pellet gun's Avatar
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    looks great!

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    Senior Member JasonJones's Avatar
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    Thanks everyone for the compliments.

    It works great, I spent the night in it last night and was very toasty all night. It didn't get too cold, about 40f, but had a steady breeze all night and had no tarp to block it, the UQ skin really must have blocked the cold wind.

    It has some serious hot spots going on, a lot like the original sleeping bag did when slung under the hammock as a UQ, maybe its got too much down (LOL is that even possible!)

    The wife came home from work after I finished it off and jumped right in the hammock and didn't want to get out, she likes the downy goodness for sure...

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