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    Lightbulb The GEMINI Underquilt: $65 DIY, No-Sew, All-Season, Down, Convertible

    Greetings,

    Many persons new to hammocking want an underquilt but can't afford one. This DIY project is intended for just that audience.

    This is a "Costco mod" that puts together many of the best DIY ideas into one. It uses creative layering of two blankets to achieve triple-layer downy goodness on a budget.

    Design Goals:
    • No sewing required
    • Low cost
    • Easy for n00bs
    • Highly effective (i.e. not just a novelty item)

    Features:
    • No-Sew. Absolutely no sewing required. It literally snaps together!
    • $65. Includes all off-the-shelf materials and tools.
    • Perfect Shape Conforming Fit. Say goodbye to cold spots! Innovative elastic clew suspension keeps it snug all night no matter how you lay in it.
    • Convertible. Converts from a Summertime two-piece top+bottom quilt set to a triple-layer Winter underquilt.
    • Modular. Built from two separate blankets, you can swap them out or layer them together.
    • Triple Layer. Up to 5" loft (2" at pressure points)
    • 650 Fill Power Down. Packs down smaller than synthetic quilts.

    Notes:
    • Weight: About 2lbs 3oz for the complete set.
    • Labor: Should take about 6 hours to complete.
    • Cost: $65 max. Less if you already have the tools.
    • Temperatures: At least 3-seasons, better depending on location, conditions, and other gear.


    Complete, exhaustive instructions with lots of pictures:
    http://leiavoia.net/pages/hammock/geminiquilt.html









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    Cool idea and illustrated very well.
    Lucky me, lucky mud. - Kurt Vonnegut.

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    That is a good solution leiavoia. I like it.

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    neat idea, would be worth checking out in the future

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    holy crap that is some really creative construction.

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    Just need a synth version !! (allergic to down )

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    Nice! Thank you very much.

    Sent from my XT1575 using Tapatalk

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    Clever origami idea! I like it!


    Rosie

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    Loving your ideas, the execution and your clear explainations.

    Not loving the snake-oil marketing, which I find a bit odd as you are not selling anything!
    But that might just be me being a grumpy old $#Δ!

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    The OP is exactly what I love about this forum. Someone who had an idea, followed through with it, did it successfully, and shared their findings along with clear and detailed instructions with everyone else, asking nothing in return.

    Well done leiavoia, both on the project and presentation!

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