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.

Jan 11, 2021
Will this blanket be coming back any time soon?
Oct 15, 2019
When it gets really cold & you want to add some kind of extra warmth (e.g. bestie blanket, woobbie, snugpak jungle blanket etc; ) without destroying a down quilt's lofting capability, what is the solution? I've got the poncho liner (woobbie) got a two(?) season quilt, but we often get dramatic temp changes in daytime highs & overnite lows where I camp. The woobbie is a constant element in my pack & I can't justify the extra money or weight a warmer "heavier" quilt requires.
Dec 6, 2019
I would put the synthetic layer below the down. The syn will compress less than the down, so the layering should be more efficient. If you are layering something like the pine quilt with sewn through baffles, offsetting the baffles would be best. I just bought a KAM snap set so I can add some snaps to union my layers. I have a Nemo tango duo that is good to the 40's. My plan is to put the pine down under the tango with the 82" going width wise, attached with the snaps to hold in place, so we can tuck more around us. Going to use some very light webbing and sew that to the quilts, then add the snaps to the webbing.
Jul 27, 2019
Hi, i was wondering whether this can be overstuffed and, if so, how much (say 800 down) could be added before it didn't make sense? How cold could the bag be rated to in this case?
Dec 10, 2019
Yes, you could overstuff by picking the top and bottom seams. But, the quilt will lose width. And the seams are still sewn through, so it will have cold spots. It would be better to layer 2 and offset the baffles.
Jun 10, 2019
Hello, this blanket is well worth the price. Super comfortable indeed! I just have one question. What is the proper way to wash it? Thanks in advance for any suggestion!
Mar 24, 2019
How small can this pack down?
May 12, 2019
This packs super small and light in a single. It packs right at as small as the Patagonia down sweater (jacket).
Feb 24, 2019
Can someone maybe explain how I could successfully make pad straps for this quilt. Thanks for your help with this project.
Apr 10, 2019
I’m looking to do the same but thought I would try a temporary solution by using tarp clips and shock cord for now. This way I can test in the field and adjust the placement of the clips to figure out where I would like the permanent points to be.
Jan 28, 2019
I'm thinking this blanket could be modified to create 3 separate down skirts which would be great for milling around camp on chilly evenings. To do this, one would need to divide the blanket in 2 lengthwise.  Then sew these 2 pieces together end to end to create a very long (172" x 27") blanket, then divide this by 3 to create 3 separate 57" x 27" blankets. Add cinch cords and  snaps to create skirt. Individual blankets would not have to be exactly 57" wide  but could be customized to waist size of each person.  Cost would comes out to about $33 each and each would weigh about 7 ounces.
Feb 26, 2019
Why would that be significantly easier or less expensive than doing it from scratch?
Dec 19, 2018
I love this quilt. I use it for summer camping and backpacking on its own or if it gets below freezing i will use it to extend the temperature range of my cumulus lite line 400. The bag is rated to 0 C and with the down blanket i used it comfortable to -5 C (and i think it would work on lower temperatures as well).
Nov 10, 2018
I ADORE this quilt. I purchased it to use for me in my RV so that I can easily stuff it away every morning. During the day, my night time space is relinquished to my dog who lounges there on her own cover. It is fantastic...almost as wonderful as the totally silk one used on my beds at home. I love it.
So glad to hear! Anything you would want updated on it?
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