MYOBG - ‘Make your own bikepacking gear’
First (or last) in the series of MYOBG, let’s start with a DIY tutorial for making your own ’SNACK BAG’ bag. That's the bag which carries your snacks, camera, phone and other stuff that you want to have on hand at all times.
Stuff you'll need:
- 1/2 m of a thick waterproof fabric (I recycled an old inflatable mattress)
This will be the outer material of the bag, therefore you need it to be durable. You can use fabrics as: X-Pac, Cordura, heavy Ripstop, waxed cotton canvas or recycle some of your old camp gear.
- 1/2 m of lining material
I recommend using lighter synthetic fabric, preferable waterproof
- Light ripstop fabric for the draw cord closing top
- 1 m Paracord string or elastic cord
- 2 x Cord stopper
- 0.5 m webbing 20mm width
- 0.5 m velcro (hook + loop) in 20mm width
* Smaller piece of closed cell foam (evazote), for padding if you are planning to carry a camera
1. Print a downloadable PDF file on A4 paper (do not resize!) and cut it out
2. Cut parts A, B, and C from thicker waterproof fabric and from lining fabric.
3. Cut part D from light ripstop fabric, reflecting the pattern over the dashed line.
4. First sew together A + B + A together on their longer sides and leave 1 cm out before finishing the stitch (this will make it easier to sew on the bottom)
NOTE: The pattern contains 1 cm seam allowance!
5. Apply the 27 cm long nylon webbing, just 2cm under the top. Make sure you burn down both sides of the webbing strap before sewing it on (this will prevent the strap to run up). Make loops with the distances of 2,5 cm (not smaller, otherwise the velcro straps won’t fit into them). Run each stitch 2 times forth and back to secure it and burn the leftover thread, that way you can avoid stitch opening.
6. Apply 11 cm long webbing strap on the C part in the middle and sew on 2,5 cm loops on it.
7. Sew together the remaining part of the B pattern to the A+B+A part, which you sew together in the beginning.
8. Sew on the C part (the bottom).
9. Follow the same process with the lining fabric, skipping the application of webbing. Live a small hole on the A+B side of approx. 6 cm length (the hole will serve for turning the lining inside-out, when it’s sewn on the outer part).
10. Now comes the draw cord closing top. Fold the fabric on half and sew it as show on the picture. Leave a hole of approx. 2 cm length in the middle, this will be the hole where the draw cord will exit.
11. Fold the two sides of the fabric apart and top-stitch them. Now fold the fabric on half, so you have the cord exit hole on the top.
12. Introduce the cord with the cord stopper through the hole and make a knot at the end (you can do this at the end as well).
13. Sew the D part on the outer part of the bag, facing downwards
14. Turn the lining inside out, and sew it on the outer body of the bag and the drawcord part
15. Turn the lining inside out, through that 5cm hole you've left open
16. Sew up the small hole
17. Sew on a draw cord puller ( you can skip it, but it’s handy especially when riding with gloves)
18. Make 3 x velcro straps by cutting 3 x 8 cm (hook) and 3 x 8 cm (look) and face them together on the surface of 2 cm. Sew that part with a ‘safety square’.
NOTE: Length of the velcro straps depends on your stem and handlebar circumference.
19. Make a safety draw cord for attaching the bag through the loops of the D part onto the bike frame
20. Voila! Now strap on the bag on your bike and you are ready to go!
If you have any questions about this tutorial feel free to ask!