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    Footbox closure system

    Hook and loop tape (velcro) seems to be the most popular sytem for closing up the footbox on a flat TopQuilt
    As I plan for my own DIY TQ, I see issues using velcro and I would like to find an alternative system. I so not want to sew it as I would like to keep it multifunctional as possible
    It would seem that a draw closure with a cord lock at the end is a staple. Any ideas or observations for the rest?
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    Quote Originally Posted by animalcontrol View Post
    Hook and loop tape (velcro) seems to be the most popular sytem for closing up the footbox on a flat TopQuilt
    As I plan for my own DIY TQ, I see issues using velcro and I would like to find an alternative system. I so not want to sew it as I would like to keep it multifunctional as possible
    It would seem that a draw closure with a cord lock at the end is a staple. Any ideas or observations for the rest?
    The drawstring is really all I used on my Climashield TQ, I've found that I really don't need a whole lot more than that if you have a good underquilt. I guess it's one of those "personal preference" type things, as usual.


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    I think it was trail geek that posted something that looked like snaps... it was from an Australian vendor and I don't seem to be able to find the post. I found them interesting but there was no additional information available for them it seems.
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    That was Gunn Parker's TQ. Very nice solution. I'm not sure how strong those snaps are.

    Here's the post on the snaps


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    I knew it was a OZ-ite... sorry about the confusion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    Very nice solution. I'm not sure how strong those snaps are.
    I kinda dismissed those myself. I would guess a good thrash would unsnap those!
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    I've used both Velcro and #3 zippers. I tend to prefer the zippers. When using Velcro, it is important to put the 2 pieces on the outside of the quilt. If you anchor it with a central line of stitching instead of on the sides, it will hold better. A snap at the start will keep it from coming undone too easily. Alternatively, a "keeper patch" of velcro will also work. Just remember which side of the velcro will be against your skin or clothing if something goes wrong. The hook velcro is scratchy and will snag on long underware, socks, etc.

    #3 zippers are pretty light, but they have held up. They also need a keeper at the opening. Otherwise they tend to unzip voluntarily. You don't need a separating zipper; just continue the zipper past where you would stop it if it separated, then nail the ends together. The quilt will lay flat, then, even though the zipper is not separated.

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    I have used four or five lengths of ribbon or cord on both sides of the opening to be closed and just used bow knots, It works fine. Mule
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    Hi
    The snaps work very well and hold together very well, they are made of two parts, a male and a female part. I made a mistake and sewed the first female snap on the wrong way around which meant the thread was sandwiched between both sections.
    On the next one I turned the female one around and now there is a small gap between both sides so that you do not have to press them together with the thread caught between them.
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    I have velcro on my quilts.

    On my sock I used a lacing system that may interest you. Basically lay a lightweight cord (duck decoy Mason equivalent) along each side, sew a couple of zig zags over the cord every 2 inches or so, then use a thicker cord, parachute, to lace the sides together. Light weight, nothing to snag, easy to tie... cons: it won't be "air tight", and, an extra cord flapping around.

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