Not strictly a how-to question, but seems like this questions has haunted this forum before:
I searched the forums for converting old bags to quilts. There are several tutorials, however, my old bag is made from a fabric from the late 90s, predating any concept of lightweight fabric. Old threads suggest buying a new quilt kit instead of gutting an old one. Call be crazy, but this seems wasteful to me. Also, I live in an apartment and space is an issue, along with lots of other issues that make DIY difficult for me.
I am wondering if there are any vendors who can / will convert old down into new quilts / bags using light weight fabric? I found some old threads that suggest that the now owner of http://www.enlightenedequipment.com/ used to handle these types of conversions, but no longer does, is this essentially an unfilled / unneeded space or are there people interested in doing conversion and reconstruction work?
I am more asking from a recycling point of view, I would prefer to utilize my older, heavy bags (45oz!), but I am worried they are suffering from long term storage damage, and wouldn't make warm, suitable candidates for donation. Hence the idea of recycling the down fill in some capacity. I realize this might not be cheaper, but from a space point of view, this bag is either going to have to go to a donation center, or sold or a landfill if I can't find a use for it, and I would rather put it back to use for me than anything else. Also, since I am just getting back into backpacking and very excited by the community and dynamic of the ultralight movement, I would love to help support a small vendor and contribute to the community.