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    DIY Down Winter Underquilt

    Hey everybody! Just thought I'd post some pics of my DIY underquilt. Made this based on Shevy77's design. I ended up with a few more inches than him on the differential and also about an inch less on the baffles due to sloppy measurement. I also had a much longer un-darted section in the middle. The results were good though, I think. I used 1.5oz/yd calendared ripstop from BWDD for the shell, some nylon mesh from Jo-Anns for the baffles and salvaged sleeping bag down for the fill.

    The only thing I wish I'd done differently would be to measure and mark darts for the long side to account for the differential cut in that direction... As it was I had to just do it by eye, which turned out a bit irregular. An 'easing' stitch would probably work too. The short sides were easy to do by eye because I could just pin each side together where the baffles were stitched and fold over a bit of the longer side in the middle to take up the slack.

    I stuffed the hell out of this thing, so the total loft ends up being about 5 1/2 inches. Laying on it at 38 degrees F feels like laying on a sun-warmed rock--but fluffier. Anyway, you get the idea; it's toasty.







    The attachment is 1/8" shock cord terminated with mitten hooks, hooked to mason line loops which are tied to my Amsteel Blue ridgeline with Kleimheist knots.






    Toasty!

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    a beaut...

    enjoy that baby!

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    Wonderfully executed!
    It'll serve you well, out there!
    Good job!

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    looks awesome! It's probably just the angle, but that baby looks like it has like 5" loft.
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    Nice Job!!
    What's the finished weight??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinder View Post
    Nice Job!!
    What's the finished weight??
    32.5 oz. The down was a mix of salvaged 800 fill power and 600-700 fill power. I don't mind carrying an extra 10 oz or so if it saves me hundreds of dollars! Plus, I think I ended up with more loft than the commercial offerings, so it might not be possible to make a direct $$ to $$$ comparison of the savings.

    Using salvaged down, my total cost was around $70. Plus, I still have plenty of down left over for other projects.

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    Wow! That looks beautiful to me!
    That's the thing about these little imperfections that only the maker sees, they don't really affect the functional outcome. Congratulations.

    Yikes, 5-1/2 inches! I'm getting hot just looking at the picture!
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    I am struck by the beauty and fullness of it!
    Warm you shall be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    I am struck by the beauty and fullness of it!
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    Thanks Shug! (as he resists the temptation to say "That's what she said")

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    very nice!!

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