I've been watching these bags, waiting for a deal, and I finally got one! They're currently $33 at walmart.com, limit of one. I just ordered two (by changing the quantity after adding it to my cart) and am already trying to decide what I want to do with them. I know I'll use one as a top quilt, and want to somehow modify one for an underquilt. Here's where I need some suggestions. I have two ideas:
1. Do quite a bit of chopping, sewing, and rearranging the down to turn it into a traditional UQ.
2. Simply cut a 6-7" hole in the foot box so I can slide the end of my hammock through and add a channel around the head to feed shock cord through. I would leave it unzipped when I hang it, and use shock cord to tie the head end up like a typical UQ.
This bag doesn't unzip all the way to the bottom, but rather it unzips most of the way and essentially has a built-in foot box. If I went the second route I would slide the foot box on my top quilt into the foot box on my UQ, which would double up the insulation around my feet. I would only use the underquilt once it starts to get cold out, and typically my feet are the first thing to get cold so I think this could work. One thing to keep in mind is, I have no experience sewing (other than reattaching a button to a dress shirt by hand) and this is my first piece of down equipment. I don't know how hard it is to work with down and don't want to loose half of it by cutting and sewing everything back up. I know it's possible to do both ideas. I'm looking for feedback if anyone has experience doing either of these modifications, and if either one will turn into more hassle than it's worth, whether making it or living with it.