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    Hanging Dogs DIY Down Argon UQ

    Hi folks, took some pics as i went along when making my latest UQ on Sunday.
    I know how we all love our DIY posts here so, no matter how many there are, we seem to always want/need more.
    I've made a few before but always from scavenged down/feathers, but for this one i bought 1 lb of cheap (Chinese) 850 fill goose down (95%)

    This is my extremely non technical winging-it guide

    Materials used:
    77" of Green Argon 67 from Dutch
    74" of Black Argon 90 from Dutch

    baffles made from dress making netting
    usual grosgain used for the edging
    and shock cord for suspension

    1 lb of cheap 850 fp (apparently) goose down (forgot to take a pic of the bag before i used it).

    Id ordered 2 yrds of each and was going to use the 90 on the outer but as the green came a few inches longer and this was always going to be a tight cut, i went with the longer for the outer.

    1. layout and mark and cut the material for width and length, my green (now outer) layer i cut to 55" wide, nothing off the length (77" from Dutch)
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    2. layout and mark and cut the material for width and length, my black (now inner) layer i cut to 47" wide, nothing off the length (74" from Dutch - seriously man, thanks for the extra couple inches, really really helped!)
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    3. on the inner shell, marked 1" in from each side, then marked 8 lines 5" wide all the way across the bottom.
    my crap chalk wouldnt draw on the material and at this point i thought to hell with this detailed caper, im just going to wing it, like i usually do.
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    4. on the outer shell, marked 10 lines ( i think- this part really melted my brains) 5" wide all the way across the bottom.
    my marks were literally just a couple inch long of whatever mark i could get the chalk to make...
    no pics of this either.. odd

    5. i was aiming for 9 channels length ways. so had to cut 8 baffles, 3.5" wide, to allow some room for when i was injecting them onto the shell.
    i was going to measure 3.5 all the way across then i caught myself on.
    how wide is my hand? about 3.5"! happy days, ill just cut the width of my hand on the netting.
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    6. get stitching! i find the 1st baffle edge to be the hardest and most important (my way). carefully stitch it on, following the ripstop grid lines for accuracy lol.
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    for the next baffles, simply line it up on teh 1" mark you made along the edge of your shell, take a rough eyeguess at how far from its edge to the next sewn baffle, keep that distance about the same as best you can and stitch it down.

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    not bad! for no guide lines

    7. the easy part! join the 2 shell outers together with the baffles...
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    i roll the side that doesnt have baffling on it yet up, and have it to the right in my thread injector.
    the side with the baffles on it stays to the left, as you progress through the baffles the material feeds through and hopefully you dont skip a baffle! done that before...

    repeat until done
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    to be continued... (15 pic limit)

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    8. shell outer finished, ready for stuffing.
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    9. stuff your own stuff!
    i hang it now along a chord and just stuff by hand. ive tried various methods and this just works for me.
    this one particularly was SO easy i was shocked.

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    10. put your grosgrain on. i do top and bottom first, then the sides.
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    11. shock cord in the end channels for cinching up the ends.
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    12. and shock cord run through the side channels in 1 big loop for the suspension.
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    13 hang it up
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    the_hanging_dog laying on the bed patiently waiting to get in her new uq

    total weight 18oz, 11oz is down.
    slept in it last night and im a happy hanger!

    that argon 67 is something special i have to say..

    enjoy, happy hanging!


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    Nice work! I always thought making a DIY quilt would be really difficult, but your post makes it seem doable. Still some work, but not impossible for me. I'll have to give it a shot sometime.

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    Looks good. 11 oz of downy goodness should keep you pretty toasty. What was the temp you were shooting for when planning how much down to use?

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    I live in Ireland which at worst would get to about -6 c or there abouts. 20f I think? Was aiming for around that based on underquilt.com fill chart.

    I fund some if the very technical and exact measures /weights diy posts could be daunting but they don't need to be. If this shows they can be made with fairly casual measurements then happy days

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    I might have to try this with a TQ

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    Nice work! Just wondering where you ordered the down? Always good to know of more sources...

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    Fantastic job on that quilt. That is a great tutorial for quilt making.
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