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    TQ from a sleeping bag?

    I was wondering if any of you have modified a sleeping bag into a TQ? It seems to me like it would be quite easy to do by removing the zipper and doing some sewing and maybe a few mods.

    I am thinking of buying a Wal-Mart cheapy sleeping bag and trying it. I Am very new to hammocking and have never used a quilt before so maybe I am missing something. Is there something I am overlooking with this idea?

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    Senior Member gargoyle's Avatar
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    Nope, your completely on target. A topquilt is nothing more than a sleeping bag with some of the extra material and zipper removed.
    A cheap bag can be used and perform fairly well. It won't be as light or pack as well as a top end down product, but it will work. Synthetic products do not compress as much as down.
    If you can find a good down bag at a garge sale or even your local Goodwill-type store, even better.
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    Senior Member JohnSawyer's Avatar
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    A mummy bag is almost a TQ... I use a safety pin to fix the zipper about 18" up from the foot end. If it gets really cold, I could just crawl in it.

    If I were to modify my synthetic mummy to be a TQ, it'd just me a matter of pulling the zipper, cutting off the hood-end, sewing up the footbox to the desired length and binding the edges to look good... Of course, on a Down bag, that might get to be a bit of work and be messy.

    The work I've seen done on Down bags involved sewing lines and THEN cutting to minimize the amount of down escaping.

    I considered washing my down bag first and partially drying it. That way the down would be all clumped up, and I could redistribute the down so that I only removed fabric and the zipper... The down in the hood could be removed and added to other areas of the bag as over-stuff, making it warmer...

    Chocolatier modified a down bag into an UQ. His thread is here:
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    Senior Member krugd's Avatar
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    I did a modification here.

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    Senior Member Peg-Leg's Avatar
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    I purchased a used down bag off

    Cut out the pillow and zipper then sewed everything up. Just a little heavier than professionally made ones, but super warm and only cost me $85.

    Go for it.
    Last edited by Peg-Leg; 10-09-2010 at 20:45. Reason: spelling
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