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    First Sewing Project! : Hammock Underquilt

    Well this was my first attempt at sewing anything, and honestly I'm quite impressed.









    The finished down underquilt is 60 inches x 48 inches; and weighs in at 28oz which is pretty heavy. It has 4.5 inches of loft. I used the sports ripstop from JoAnn's Fabric which is not the lightest of material. If I had some 1.1 oz ripstop I would have saved some weight. From what I read the JA ripstop is a hair over 2 oz / yard. The quilt is built on a sliding bungee channel for easy adjustment. I used mesh ribbon from wally world for the 2.5 inch baffles.

    Heres the cost rundown

    50% Joann's coupon.
    4.4 yards of ripstop @ 4.50/yard = 19.80
    10 yards of 1/8 bungee @ .39/yard = 3.90
    10 yards of mesh ribbon = 5.00
    Cord Locks = Stole from jackets around the house = Free
    Down (? oz) = $10.00
    * Bought 2 Huge XL coats with Chinese labels from the goodwill with very good down! Did not measure the down per baffle, simply filled each one to the same level, let it settle, toped off what needed it and sewed it shut.

    Total Cost: $38.70 + 15 hours give or take labor

    Next project is making a top quilt. I am going to need 4.5 yards of material, anybody know a good place for cheap 1.1 oz ripstop??

    THANKS for all the great info here guys!

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    Moderator raiffnuke's Avatar
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    Nice work! That looks really warm.

    Have you looked at DIYgearsupply.com? They have great service and great prices.

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    +1 on what raiffnuke has said with Scott and DIYGearsupply!

    Nice looking piece of work especially for a first piece!
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    Really good work. I like the colors. Very fine stitching for someone who hasn't sewn before.

    +1 for DIY Gear Supply - a good place to get fabric and stuff for a good price.

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    Very nice!!

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    Nice work, cmich! Hard to believe you did all that for under $40. Just goes to show that it can be done!

    Any particular reason you chose for the baffles to run across (perpendicular) vs in-line (parallel)?

    Again, good job!

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    RE:

    Backyard trial hang




    FLScouthanger: I don't really know the pros and cons about the way the baffling runs. I decided to run mine across because I thought it would be easier to stuff down in a 48" chamber rather than a 60" one... That and the chambers on my sleeping bag run perpendicular to my body, so I was kind of using that as a guide as well.

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    Wow! You're not the only one impressed!
    Mike
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    Fire up Chips!

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    Very nice looks warm!

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