DIY synthetic top quilt. What not to do.

Materials needed for a 6’3″ male:

4 yards of inner and outer fabric. I used Hexxon 1.0 .
4 feet of shock cord
One cord lock
4 yards Synthetic Insulation of your choice, I used 3.6 oz Climashield.

Let me start off by saying that I got this thing to work, even though it’s heavier Than I like.

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First you start out with your fabrics, and cut them to around 80″ if your 6’3″ like I am. I made a few mistakes putting this quilt together and this is where I made two of them. Just because you are 75 inches tall and you only want the quilt to come up to your chin does NOT mean to cut the fabric to 70″. That’s just dumb. There would be no room for a foot box. Second, if you want a head hole to wear the quilt like a poncho so you don’t have to bring a jacket, now is the time to cut it.

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Sew a hem on 3 sides of a 2.5 inch wide strip of cloth leaving one long edge with out a hem.

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Cut a hole about 12″ long where you want your head to come out. I put mine roughly in the center of the quilt. Now for the harder part, that I didn’t do and don’t have pictures to help explain.

Take the long UNHEMMED edge of the strip turn and sew it to the inside of the top layer of fabric.
Sew it so that when it’s right side out it doesn’t show the hem.

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Layer like so. You want the top fabric in the middle, the inner fabric on the bottom, and insulation on top.

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Pin the junk out of it. The more pins the better. Everything that I read to research this told me to sew it with the insulation faceting l facing up, but the insulation caught in the foot of the machine. So I turned it over and it seemed to work fine.

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Once your three sides are sewn up, you can turn it right side out to test the fit and trim off any excess. It’s better to be longer, it’s hard to add to these, believe me.

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OK this is from my screw up, but the idea will work. Imagine this is the underside of the quilt. You need to cut holes it the insulation and the inner layer of the fabric to match the hole already in the outer layer. Pull the strip of fabric through the head hole, the hemmed edge should be the edge that comes out. Then pin the inner layer and insulation to the outer, and sew it together.

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Place snaps like so along the head hole so it can close up. You want them to overlap a bit.

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OK bad pic, but assuming that everything else is working, sew the other cloth strip on, sandwiching the foot between the edges of the strip.

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OK worst picture ever. But if you look hard you can see the shock cord and cord lock passed though the fabric strip on the foot, and the snaps used to snap the foot box together. These snaps will also be used to seal the poncho around you.

Hopefully that’s not too hard to follow, I’m going to go back through when I sew the next quilt and use the better pics to update this post.