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    Successful bag to quilt conversion

    I finally got a sewing machine, so I chopped up my Lafuma X600 "45 degree" bag (that I got for $35 from REI) and had my lovely wife sew it up into a quilt. The bag weighed 20.5 oz; the quilt weighs 15. I didn't cut off any significant width, just the zippers and hood. The zipper was not quite full length, so I just left the existing footbox intact. I put 45 degrees in quotes up there because according to reviewers, it's more like a mid 50's bag; I haven't taken it below 65 yet, so I can't say for sure. But for the lower midwest, 50's is at least 2 seasons! At under a pound and 35 bucks, I'll take it.

    The first pic is as a bag with the footbox inside out. The second is the outside of the finished quilt, and the third is the inside.

    By the way, this doesn't change anything about my signature, since my wife did the dirty work
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    it does get chilly as i found out when i took it up along the North Shore of Minnesota... nights got around upper 40's and lower 50's...the foot box did get a little chilly...just make sure you have something to cover your upper body like an UQ...it is a nice bag for the price and the weight...
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    I have a question about the footboxes. Most bags I see the foot box is shaped for use as a sleeping bag. If I tore the zipper out and used it sideways then the footbox wouldn't work right. Is the foot box on these bags just a cylnder?

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    Don't mummy bags usually have a cylindrical footbox? If it's a rectangular bag, just shape it when you sew it up.

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