Feb 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm #1233854
I am looking to make an ultralight quilt that is:
2.inexpensive – ( i want to use synthetic)
3.easy to make
what is a cheap way to do this?
-EvanFeb 6, 2009 at 1:00 pm #1475912
Greg MihalikBPL Member
Which depends on
Supplemental clothing, for instance camp clothing worn to bed?
Splashproof, waterproof, don't care?Feb 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm #1475917
Richard ScruggsBPL Member
One place to look would be Ray Jardine's website, which has various quilt kits listed for sale plus a lot of info on making quilts. His kits perhaps fit your criteria.
JRSFeb 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm #1475961
Tim MarshallBPL Member
buy 5yds of fabric (1.1oz rip stop is the cheapest and can be found about a million places. Don't pay over $5yd)
buy 2.5yds of insulation (climashiled XP 2.5 for 40-50* COMBAt 3.7 for 35*ish and XP 5oz for 20-30*)(thur-hiker.com is only place i know of right now)
Cut the fabric in half (2×2.5yds)lay the two pieces on the grond one on top of the other
lay the insulation on top.
The top layer of fabric will be the shell and the bottom layer will be the liner
Measure your dimensions and pin it all together then cut it out (way faster than measure cut then pin as everything is already together and you get a clean cut line)
Add draw cord channels and lines at the top and bottom. If you want under straps slip them between the layers of fabric and pin them in place. If you want snaps add the gross grain pull tabs now, or add a zipper at the bottom to create a foot box.
sew all but 8" closed, pull it inside out, if all is well top stitch the 8" opening closed and go camping
This takes me under 3hrs. I have done a lot of quilts so plan on a little longer, but it is a very easy and fast way to get a nice piece of gear.Feb 6, 2009 at 6:07 pm #1475973
@sclittlefieldLocale: Northern Woods of Maine
Hey Tim –
Any idea around what weight you end up with on a finished quilt using those directions (w/o zipper)? Also, how well does that insulation compact? Any ideas on the size you end up with for a stuff sac?
Thanks for the post – you make me want to make one.Feb 6, 2009 at 9:58 pm #1476004
Tim MarshallBPL Member
i recently made a 52x40x78" quilt using 1.4oz material and 5oz XP that weighed 26oz. 1.1 oz material is lighter by about 2oz
I have nothing to offer on compressibility as i don't EVER compress synthetic insulation
obvious XP 2.5 takes up less space than 3.7 which takes up less then 5. Same goes for weight.
a #3zip will weigh close to what 5 snaps and gross grain weigh, maybe even a bit less.
also owfinc.com has 1.4oz 2nd quality fabric for very cheap right now.
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