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    My first DIY - UQ on the cheap

    I am fairly new to hammocking and as the weather begins to turn cooler, I have found myself needing some insulation. I have been using a cheap self-inflating pad that I had from my ground dwelling days. The pad was OK, but I kept reading posts on here about how much better underquilts are. I wanted give one a try, but didn't want to spend a fortune in the process. I had also read several posts regarding converting sleeping bags into quilts so I decided to give this a try.

    I had two objectives with this project:
    1. Obtain an UQ on the cheap.
    2. Try my hand at DIY gear.

    Now I haven't touched a sewing machine in about 16 years (home ec in middle school) so I decided to go simple and stick with a rectangle quilt. I started with a 40 degree Coleman sleeping bag that I bought at Big Lots for $12.

    I wanted a full length (or close to it) quilt so I trimmed the sides and cut the zipper off the bottom leaving me with a 46"x71" quilt. I stitched the edges and finished the seams off with polyester blanket binding. This created channels on all 4 sides for bungee cord which allows me to adjust the tension and "shape" of the quilt. I used 1" webbing to form a loop on the corners to serve as attachment points.

    Total investment: $35

    Weight (including stuff sack): 2.5 lbs - Definitely heaver than what I wanted, but I knew I wasn't going to get an ultra light quilt for 35 bucks.

    Check out the pics and let me know what you think.

    I just finished tonight at 11:30 so I haven't had a chance to try it on the hammock, but as soon I do I will post pics and comments.
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    Looks good! Can't wait to hear how it works.

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    awesome! i just got a wallyworld 40* bag at goodwill for $7, and i was going to do the same thing...where did you find the shockcord and binding tape? I have an ENO DN and would like to hear your thoughts on how it fits...

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    I love it and it's in my price range! Let us know how she sleeps. Thanks for the post.

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    looks great!

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    Natureboy,

    Shockcord: REI (online) - 1/8"
    Binding Tape: Joann Fabrics. It is made be Wrights - The code on the package is PC794.

    Hope this helps.

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    Mmmmm.... that looks fabulous! Very nicely done.

    Trip to JoAnnes, this weekend ---- check!

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglar View Post
    Thanks for all the replies.

    Natureboy,

    Shockcord: REI (online) - 1/8"
    Binding Tape: Joann Fabrics. It is made be Wrights - The code on the package is PC794.

    Hope this helps.
    excellent! thanks...back to Joann's! need to find a local source for the shockcord...maybe EMS?

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    Joanne's has white 3/32" (or so) shock cord. It works, but you may have to double it in this application... It's cheap, too!

    Most sporting goods stores that carry climbing gear will have by-the-foot webbing, etc. I just bought 10' of 1/8" shock cord for $3. Not cheap, but when I need it, they're there...

    Oh: If you have a coupon, Joanne's has a 50% off thing going...
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    Very nice. When you test it, it may take a while to tweak the UQ suspension so there's no gap between it and the hammock so don't get discouraged.
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