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    Quilt Decisions and Sleepings Bag Modifications

    Ok, so a couple of questions here, and they have to do with me being short, so maybe the other short people on here can help me out

    To start things off I guess I should say I've never made any of my own gear before and I'm not super familiar with the way quilts and sleeping bags are constructed/ stitched.

    I am thinking about ordering the kit from thru-hiker and I know its at least made for people who are 5'10" maybe taller. I am 5'6" and 150lbs.

    When making quilts and whatnot, how close to you make them to your height? I guess I'm getting at is what dimensions you would build a quilt to for a person my size?

    If there is extra material because I am short, and there is "extra down" because I would be spreading it over a smaller area, and I order an extra 3oz of down (that's a lot of ifs), how much loft could I pull off?

    This may not qualify as "homemade gear" but, has anyone ever modified a sleeping bag to fit a different height. I was thinking I could open up my sleeping bag and possibly make it shorter and take the down out of the section I removed and distribute it throughout the rest of the sleeping bag. Effectively making my sleeping bag a little lighter and warmer.

    Would this just be more trouble than its worth?

    Thanks

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    Short answer- yes.
    longer answer- there is a leaning curve to working with down, and technical fabrics; and gear construction considerations are different than apparel techniques-
    I made a quilt that was 5 feet long- I'm 5'6" and I really have to curl up to get enough coverage for neck and feet. somehow I get much taller/longer when I lay down- must be gravity...pulling sideways- yeah- that must be it.
    Hope this helps somewhat, KM

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    Keep the 'poof factor' in mind too. After the sewing and stuffing, you'll lose length just from those....

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