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"Shirt Stays" to keep a quilt closed?
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Brittany W
(quasarr) - F

Locale: Southeast
"Sh*t Stays" to keep a quilt closed? on 04/11/2010 07:37:59 MDT Print View

Since I joined the Navy I have discovered the joys of shirt stays, an adjustable elastic band used to keep you shirt tucked in by clipping to your shirt and socks. I haven't weighed mine but they can't be more than 1 or 2oz.

I'm thinking of clipping them to either side of a quilt to keep it snug at night. Maybe the band could go under a sleeping pad. Has anyone tried this? Unfortunately I lent my quilt to a friend so I can't test it for everyone!

Here's a picture of shirt stays for those who haven't seen them.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/719kTBnnwLL._SL500_.gif

I apologize if this idea has been posted before, I couldn't find it on search.

Edited by sharalds on 04/12/2010 10:39:34 MDT.

peter kvamme
(karacolor) - F

Locale: midwest
"Sh*t Stays" on 04/11/2010 08:36:23 MDT Print View

"Shirt stays" sound like a much better idea than "shi*t stays" :)

(I did not know we had a profanity detector, but apparently we do and it searches the body of our message only hence the added *)

Edited by sharalds on 04/12/2010 10:39:52 MDT.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: "ShiRt Stays" on 04/11/2010 11:00:39 MDT Print View

I can't tell from the picture what the mechanism is that grips and attaches. If it's like suspenders with a little claw that grips when clamped closed, you could poke holes in your quilt with it.

Otherwise, it's quite similar to how my Golite quilt works. However, my quilt uses little plastic tabs that are sewn in with the seams, not clamped to the outside.

Jason L
(Jason_Loose_Arrow) - F

Locale: Yosemite
stuff under me? on 04/11/2010 12:38:19 MDT Print View

This makes me think about how straps and bands feel under someone when they are sleeping. I just finished a quilt yesterday (photos to come) and have been thinking about this. Problem, or no?

Brittany W
(quasarr) - F

Locale: Southeast
Fasteners! on 04/11/2010 16:27:59 MDT Print View

here's a closeup of the fastener, it's hard to explain but the fabric goes between the rubber circle and the metal piece, then you slide the rubber circle forward to cinch the fabric. The picture shows the rubber circle in the "closed" position.

thus the advantage over suspenders is that you don't actually pierce the fabric, although with thin UL fabric it may tear if you put too much stress on it.

http://dsasd.org/store/images/shirt%20holders.jpg

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: stuff under me? on 04/11/2010 17:52:08 MDT Print View

Since you put the straps around the pad, you don't feel them at all. I have slept with the straps around me instead of the pad, when it was warmer, and I still didn't feel them. They're very thin. The whole thing, at least on the Golite quilt, is kind of fragile.

I can picture the shirt stay clasp. It sounds just like a garter belt. I would worry about the shirt stay things wearing a hole in the fabric of the quilt. But maybe you could sew on some small fabric tabs to put through the shirt stays. I'm pretty sure that would work perfectly.

Jason L
(Jason_Loose_Arrow) - F

Locale: Yosemite
Re: stuff under me? on 04/11/2010 18:12:36 MDT Print View

OIC, thanks.

Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Thread edited on 04/12/2010 16:32:24 MDT Print View

Hey guys - I changed the forum thread to be more, ah, G-rated. And accurate. :)

Brittany W
(quasarr) - F

Locale: Southeast
Oops! on 04/12/2010 17:53:11 MDT Print View

Thank you! That was an embarrassing typo for sure. :)