Jun 28, 2012 at 10:44 am #1291474
I want to replace a 2.5 lb mummy bag with a light sleeping quilt (for summer hiking). I recently was in Joann Fabrics and saw they had ripstop.
Is ripstop OK for a light sleeping quilt?
Also, what about the stuffing material? Would they have appropriate stuff?
What I am trying to end up with is a very low-cost ($20?) hiking quilt with material I can get from Joann Fabrics (and there nicenice discout coupons).Jun 28, 2012 at 11:10 am #1890842
They would not have adequate stuffing. The ripstop is not that great either. I haven't seen it in a while, but you can get much nicer material online for the same price or cheaper.Jun 28, 2012 at 11:32 am #1890847
John DonewarBPL Member
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Louisiana
I have no experience with the materials at JoAnn's but I have done what you are suggesting with ripstop and batting from Hancock's.
What I can suggest is the following.
This will be about as cheap as it can be for an "ultralight quilt".
Keep in mind that I can't guarantee the temperature rating.
Order 5 yards of 1.1oz Ripstop Nylon, 2nds from D.I.Y. Gear Supply at $3.20 per yard.
For insulation consider 6 oz per square yard 100% polyester quilt batting from your local fabric supply shop for roughly $12.00.
The kind I am describing is available on Amazon.
I found mine on a bulk roll in my local Hancock's.
Not accounting for draw cords, thread or other "hardware" your total should be around $28.00 for the above materials.
I made my first quilt in a similar fashion with bulk 6 oz polyester batting off a roll in my local fabric shop. I did not stitch or tie the quilt anywhere except around its perimeter. It kept me warm into the high 40's using a single layer of batting. It weighed in at somewhere around 1 pound 5 ounces as I recall.
It is not the lightest option but I think it certainly is the cheapest that I know of at the moment.
I hope this helps.
NewtonJun 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm #1890870
The ripstop at your local Jo-Ann's is 1.9 oz — it's fine stuff, but you'll do better with the 1.1 oz from backwoods daydreamer. Great small business, cheap materials, and quick shipping — Get good insulation for your quilt — it's more than worth the extra 20-30 dollars you'll invest, and if you end up making frankenquilt or wanting something different later, you can re-use good insulation.
good luck with your project!Jun 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm #1890878
@socal-nomadLocale: North San Diego county
Instead of using the cheap fabric and batting from Joann's and. Purchase your ripstop breath able nylon and climasheild from Outdoor wilderness fabric for just a few dollars more and you will have light weight more durable quilt. They have down proof 30 d breathable ripstop for $8.52 a yard , climasheild starts at 13.95 yard you should only need 2.5 yards.
Or buy the Golite RS-3 quilt for $79.95 and sign up for the golite mailing list get a 20 % off coupon and pay $63.95 for a great quilt.
TerryJun 29, 2012 at 4:09 am #1891027
Thanks for the info…the http://www.backwoodsdaydreamer.com website looks great for the ripstop. It should make it cheap enough for a first project like this.Jun 29, 2012 at 10:50 am #1891086
@flriderLocale: The Southeast
The reason I ask is it may be cheaper to purchase a GI poncho liner (~22 oz) and then cut it down and sew grosgrain around the edges to make a tapered quilt shape (they're oversized for a top quilt out of the box at ~5 ft x ~7 ft). You could probably shave ~6 or even ~8 oz if you're willing to chop away and resew the edges. I find them really comfy down into the low 40s, but I'm a rather warm sleeper (I've successfully taken one as low as freezing on the ground and not been totally uncomfortable); most folks would find them comfortable in the mid-40s to low-50s.
That being said, if you want something that'll be good cooler than that, I highly recommend Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics for cheap, good insulation and tolerably cheap fabric (DIY Gear Supply has the edge in cost/weight on fabric, though the shipping costs on ordering from two different places might negate the savings). Climashield is easy as pie to use; if you can sew a straight (or even semi-straight) line, you can work with it.
Hope it helps!Jun 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm #1891273
@jordanclymerLocale: The Columbia Gorge
I think you should take this under consideration, it isn't a MYOG experience, but it is certainly a superior 'quilt' in fair weather. I've use one quite regularly on trips. They are also pretty cheap, and include a stuff sack. =)
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