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    DIY UQ Baffle question?

    I was wanting to make my own down UQ. I have the material and down. All I need to figure out is the baffles and how to make them. I have made a template of a 3 season Yeti and added 10" to the length. It seems to have a 2" area of material inside the outer layers. (its not sewn straight through) All suggestions are welcomed. Thanks for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backtrack View Post
    I was wanting to make my own down UQ. I have the material and down. All I need to figure out is the baffles and how to make them. I have made a template of a 3 season Yeti and added 10" to the length. It seems to have a 2" area of material inside the outer layers. (its not sewn straight through) All suggestions are welcomed. Thanks for the help!
    This is the way I make my baffle and is the best instuctions I know of. The only thing is the article it before we started doing differential baffles. I usually have 7 inches between that baffle on the outside and 6 on the inside. I hem my bugnetting b4 I sew it to the shell. Also remember the outside chambers need to be a little bigger b/c they don't have a baffle on one end.

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    I need to read up on how to make quilts. I don't get how the baffles are attached, and I'm still trying to figure out why the sewing machine jams...babysteps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    This is the way I make my baffle and is the best instuctions I know of. The only thing is the article it before we started doing differential baffles. I usually have 7 inches between that baffle on the outside and 6 on the inside. I hem my bugnetting b4 I sew it to the shell. Also remember the outside chambers need to be a little bigger b/c they don't have a baffle on one end.

    Don't forget to post pictures.
    Hey that helps alot! I made a summer quilt (12oz.) yesterday with not much loft. I will add the larger baffles to the next one and have a warmer one. Getting the top to seal is a problem now. I have to modify that area and the bottom is sealing great. That down can be a mess! I will post pics soon.....Thanks for the help!

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    Here is another very useful DIY on making a down quilt.

    http://thru-hiker.com/projects/down_quilt.php
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    There is also the Karo step option

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ght=Karo+quilt

    ^. Teedee guide I am literally half way through my project and it's is tedious but I am hoping the benefits will out way my thinning patience.

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    I am struggling to understand this too. Looked at Jeff's project a lot, what I don't get is how does the baffle attach to the other side of the quilt? I've thought too, what if you staggered the baffles and put one on each side of the quilt, letting them hang in the space between the baffles on the other side when the quilt is assembled?

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    Maybe this help visualize it. Made this really quick in PS, so no critiques.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samiam2714 View Post
    There is also the Karo step option

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ght=Karo+quilt

    ^. Teedee guide I am literally half way through my project and it's is tedious but I am hoping the benefits will out way my thinning patience.
    I feel your pain Samiam2714, I am putting on the final stitches today.
    The Karo was a challenge but it gets easier near the end....good luck

    Backtrack, one thing to keep in mind the thicker the baffle the more down you will need. I thought 3" after sewing would be ok but on a full size 76"x47"
    I have 2 lbs 2 oz approx of down loaded I'm hopeing to leave it at that but if
    I were to do again 2" would have been fine I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKT View Post
    I feel your pain Samiam2714, I am putting on the final stitches today.
    The Karo was a challenge but it gets easier near the end....good luck

    Backtrack, one thing to keep in mind the thicker the baffle the more down you will need. I thought 3" after sewing would be ok but on a full size 76"x47"
    I have 2 lbs 2 oz approx of down loaded I'm hopeing to leave it at that but if
    I were to do again 2" would have been fine I think.
    Ok! Thats great info....2" will be the next quilt! Do you use bug netting or somthing else for the baffle material?

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