Nov 20, 2017

DIY/MYOG - Massdrop Pine Down Blanket Modifications

We designed the Pine Down Blanket to stand alone as an amazingly useful, versatile blanket. Additionally, I had a secondary goal of making it incredibly desirable for our members who love to customize their gear. The value of the raw goods is more than we're selling it for. I've already been working with Aaron Sorensen on ideas (he's known for modding Costco Down Throws), and I'll post our ideas here too.
With a little cutting or sewing, you could make:
  • A lighter backpacking quilt with tapered legs and more snaps, straps or a zipper. Maybe add a #3 zipper and turn it into a sleeping bag.
  • A California King size blanket by sewing two togetherl
  • A 10F blanket or quilt by layering one quilt on the other, offsetting by 2.12" so that the peak channel of one blanket falls into the baffle of the other, thereby forming a solid 3" thick layer.
  • Snap two together to create a hammock overquilt and underquilt.
  • Cut it in half and make it into two underquilts for hammock camping.
  • Turn it into a pair of quilts for toddlers.
  • Use the raw materials to make something completely different, like a few down jackets and hats.
So let this be the place where can share our ideas and (eventually) our projects for modifying this blanket.

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Hey Danny, just wondering if there are any updates to the status of the order? I know the drop says they won't ship until the end of May, but I was hoping you may have heard what the current status of the order is.
Hey Danny,
Any chance this will be coming around again any time soon? Missed out on it last time. Life sometimes gets in the way. Or, if anyone flaked at the last minute, consider me the guy to pick up that slack. Thanks for all you're doing toward bringing alternative, "custom" gear at reasonable pricing to a market sorely lacking in both.
I really like these 3 ideas (which can all work together):

A lighter backpacking quilt with tapered legs and more snaps, straps or a zipper. Maybe add a #3 zipper and turn it into a sleeping bag.

A 10F blanket or quilt by layering one quilt on the other, offsetting by 2.12" so that the peak channel of one blanket falls into the baffle of the other, thereby forming a solid 3" thick layer.

Snap two together to create a hammock overquilt and underquilt.

Could this be used as an underquilt for the Byer of Maine hammock without cutting it?
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That's mostly what I'm wondering. What dimensions should an underquilt be relative to the size of the hammock?
Benjamin6264
Depends on whether you want a 3/4 or full length UQ for length. Full should be at least 74”. Width should be around 48-50” at the middle.
Stoked!
Are the snaps a standard product that you can buy elsewhere? Because the you could attach the blanket to other things fairly easily.
NotABot
Plastic kamsnaps and the press size 20 are what I have.
Any thoughts on having some sort of the down/snap system to attach to the sides of the hammock so it won't shift? I actually had SOME luck using a Jack Wolfskin center zip sleeping bag - however, it's the same issue... it shifts all over the place.
Otherwise, absolutely LOVE having some input on what's custom gear! Now.... to make a semi custom wearable sleeping bag. The German Army (Bundeswehr) used to issue out sleeping bags that you literally wore like a set of overalls.... very clever.
Colinsdad
UQ hooks are the way to go on the hammock and have shockcord along the sides of the UQ.
I would be interested in buying a quilt with a zipper.
i wasn’t sure from the description but it seems this quilt has cord channels along the two short sides aswell as the two long sides? Could someone clarify please. Thanks in advance. I own a custom EE quilt and this one appeals to me as a kick around piece.
kincheng
Yes, this has cord channels along all four sides. It comes with cords and cord locks along the shorter side (head and foot).
DannyMilks
That’s awesome. That simple feature sets this blanket a definite notch above the rest of similar price and type. I’m gonna cinch all four sides lifghtly and wear it like a turtle shell!
May be black one side choice of colour on the other. Black absorbs heat/light better for airing/drying. The lighter side will reflect, allowing slight regulation depending on conditions. .... Just a thought.
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Why not indeed!
Styks
As some would say, Common Sense is FAR from common now!
I'm thinking it would be relatively easy to taper the blanket to make it more like a quilt. I think:
1) Mark a line on the quilt to create the desired taper (a straight line is easiest, but a hexagon like EE's quilts would be possible).
2) Sew along the line, pushing the down out of the way of the needle.
3) Shorten the quilt to the desired length, since it is longer than most people need. Shift the down further up the baffle before sewing, so the leg baffles will be overstuffed (bonus!).
4) Add extra cord channel and snap at foot area to create footbox.

You'll end up with some extra fabric (probably not usable) and down insulation (can be added into the blanket to be overstuffed or used for other projects). What do you think?
DannyMilks
Would you take out the center baffle? It seems like that might leave tiny holes for down to escape.
PatC
Probably not, as you're right that it would leave tiny holes. The only consideration would be that if you remove the corners to taper the quilt, you have a lot of extra down, and you could stuff those back into the center baffles tubes for extra warmth. If you removed the center baffle, the down could travel all the way up. On the other hand, if you didn't, then the legs area would just be really overstuffed, which might be preferred. If you did remove the seam, you probably should use drops of seam sealer.