Originally Posted by Pimms
Good tip to wet first before and during use of the down. I would have never thought to do that and would have made a huge mess with potential loss of the precious down. Thanks for the information!
Hi Pimms, When I did it the last time I got the down out of an old sleeping bag and into the new one without much mess. I cut out one section (baffle) at a time from the old one (after washing and while still wet). I put the down for that section into a plastic bag, and then transferred it to the new one. Handle it gently while it's wet so you don't break down the tiny fluff that gives it loft. If you're making something that has different size sections or baffles than the original, you could divide all your down into approximately equal portions either by separating it into equal-looking piles, or by weight as long as it's all evenly wet. Of course the actual weight of the wet stuff isn't relevant, only the relative proportions. (So, which weighs more, a pound of wet down or an ounce of dry down?!