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Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Quilt footbox question on 11/24/2008 12:59:37 MST Print View

I need help deciding what type of footbox to use on a one person synthetic quilt for summer use. I have made a two person quilt in the past, with a 3D footbox, which has proved to be a good decision with all those feet competing for space.

However, I'm not so sure I need that just for me. The two designs I must choose between are as follows (picture below):

1. Sewing a circle (1 foot diameter) into the foot end of an otherwise flat quilt, making that end start out in the shape of a 3D tube. The bottom of my feet would rest against this circle.


2. Simply sewing up the bottom edge of a flat quilt, starting in the middle of the bottom edge and sewing the halves of the bottom edge together, until reaching the two bottom corners. This would result in a triangular footbox that could lay flat on the floor.

Quilt footbox options

I sleep 100% of the time on my side, with one knee bent and the other leg extended. So, only one foot would be at the bottom of the footbox, and that foot would be laying on its side. Therefore, I'm thinking that the tubular 3D footbox with the circle sewn in would be overkill. (Although it would look really cool).

Do any of you folks that have used this simple footbox have any regrets?

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Quilt footbox question on 11/24/2008 13:24:24 MST Print View

I've made different sorts of footboxes. I rather like the round version.


Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: Quilt footbox question on 11/24/2008 18:28:32 MST Print View

Sorry, I put this in the wrong forum. Should have been MYOG.
If any Moderator sees this, feel free to move this thread.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Re: Quilt footbox question on 12/06/2008 16:55:59 MST Print View

i love my drawcorded footboxes. Easy to sew and can vent if you get hot. They are better for warmer weather as you do sacrifice loft near the end of the bag, however this hasn't been a problem for me. I add a few snaps like MLD to close it up.


Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Footbox on 03/01/2009 20:01:24 MST Print View

I have a Ray Way Quilt, the end is simply sewn shut.

When the quilt is spread out on the floor the end where the footbox is stands up vertically, however when you get your feet in there is flattens out ok.

If I had thought about it from the start I would have sewn and drawcord sleeve into the end of it to make the quilt more multiuse.


Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
rounded footbox on 05/03/2009 12:37:25 MDT Print View

I went with a rounded footbox to give the feet a bit more space than a flat sewn-together-bottom. The line in the middle is a baffle with a down pocket on each side. The shape is a bit more oval shaped as shown in your top diagram.

I do think a flat bottom with the sides held together with strips of velcro would give you the option of laying the quilt out flat in warmer temps. Sewing in a foot box is permanent. Just using a drawcord did not close the bottom up tightly enough. You need to be able to attach some of the sides together in order to have the end close up to look like the closed end of a stuff sack.

Edited by rambler on 05/03/2009 12:40:05 MDT.