Originally Posted by HURTHEART
That is the old way of doing it. I have done may projects that way, it cuts out most of the mess. At least two members have found a different way of managing down, that does not involve getting the down wet.
I have gotten down wet and then put it in the new item, dried it and everything has been fine since the 1970's.
Yes, sometimes the "old way" still works pretty well! Occasionally I find a good quality down sleeping bag or jacket in thrift stores. It's worth the effort to wash them gently and extract the clean down.
I remember the Frostline kits that came with lots of little clear plastic packets filled with down. They were very convenient for "turning out" just the right amount of down into each channel, but I still used a spray bottle with water, in the bathtub with the shower curtain closed, to keep the down from flying while I filled sleeping bags & jackets etc. Now I'm thinking about re-purposing the down from a bag, a comforter, and a jacket I made about 40 years ago from Frostline kits. They're "vintage" items now but the down is still quite fluffy and clean after decades of gentle care. A lofty fortune at today's prices!