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    top quilt-half of sleeping bag?

    so if i was thinking about using a quilt instead of a bag, could i jsut take an old bag and cut it in half length wise, sew it shut and be done?
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    I have an old rectangular down bag. By old I mean 40 years or so. I just unzipped it. Last night I sewed a zipper stop about 2' up from the bottom so it doesn't unzip as I thrash around. But it has served me fine.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heescha View Post
    so if i was thinking about using a quilt instead of a bag, could i jsut take an old bag and cut it in half length wise, sew it shut and be done?
    Yes, that'll work. That was one of the first things I ever sewed. Cut off the zipper, sew yourself a footbox, done.


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    I just got done yesterday converting my old bag into a quilt. I removed the zipper, removed about 4"-5" from the width of the bag, and lastly kept the footbox. It's still a bit heavy, my guess would be around 2lbs, but it'll do for now.
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    You might want it a little wider than just half, I don't know how wide your sleeping bag is. Somewhere around 48" wide is common.

    Also, save the zipper, in case you ever decide you want to mod your HH to allow side entry.

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    As I just opened my rectangular bag... I have lots of room on the sides for tucking and side protection. I am not sure I would want it any narrower. Furthermore I left the zipper in tact in case I want to recover the sleeping bag. I am not a gram weenie.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Senior Member NCPatrick's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    As I just opened my rectangular bag... I have lots of room on the sides for tucking and side protection. I am not sure I would want it any narrower. Furthermore I left the zipper in tact in case I want to recover the sleeping bag. I am not a gram weenie.
    I didn't remove my zipper for weight savings, I just didn't want any sharp edges digging into my hammock...


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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    I didn't remove my zipper for weight savings, I just didn't want any sharp edges digging into my hammock...
    Good point.... One that is definately worth reevaluating as ones hammock ages....especially if that aging includes much UV exposure.

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    I have a nylon zipper which has not done any damage to the very thin old fabric of the sleeping bag. Hopefully by the time it gets to that point I will be in a place where I can afford to replace some of my jury rigged pieces.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    I didn't remove my zipper for weight savings, I just didn't want any sharp edges digging into my hammock...
    That, and the fact that the zipper would rub against my feet, also the marginal weight savings, were the reasons I removed my zipper.
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