I love Indiana Jones's famous bag, but the last thing I need is yet another mid-size satchel. I've been looking unsuccessfully for another small purse to replace one that's falling apart... so I decided to combine the two!

In the movies, Indy's bag is a World War II British MKVII gas mask bag with the cloth strap replaced by a leather one. You can still buy these as military surplus, and there are a few prop replica makers that sell them. According to an Ebay listing for a vintage MKVII, the dimensions of the original bag are approximately 10" x 10" x 3".

This half-size bag will be 5" x 5" x 1.5", though you could also scale up the pattern to make a full size bag. It is big enough for a phone, coin purse, and a wallet, with just a little room to spare. I have left off the bottom drain vents and the round circular thing on the side of the original, but these can be replicated with grommets and the right button.

Step 1: Parts

You will need:

1/2 yard canvas (or heavy linen) - washed to pre-shrink
dark brown leather (or cloth) strap - 3/4" by 65" or so, depending on your preferred length
1 inch rings - 2
gold snaps - 2
silver rivets - 2
silver square buckle for 3/4" strap

paper to make the pattern
metal edge ruler
fabric scissors
iron and ironing board/surface
sewing machine with a needle that can handle canvas (or a needle and some patience)
snap setter and hammer for snaps

For dyeing:
green tea OR sage/ parsley/ thyme/ basil
pot that can hold 8 cups of water + fabric
stove top
white vinegar
old pillowcase (zippered or tied shut)
container for soaking

Note: it's ok to use food dishes for this project since you are dyeing with edible items and not using chemicals.

fabric for purse lining

<p>Practical, handy, useful. I like this bag a lot, thanks :)</p>
made a sightly modified one for my son out of old jeans worked pretty well.. thanks for the idea!
i'm currently in dying process with green wnd black tea. going to make a bigger one for my books. thanks for the nice idea, luv it!!!!!!
<p>how do you think it would work with nylon? Would I need to add an interior lining for sturdiness?</p>
<p>Unless it's very thick nylon, I probably would line it.</p>
<p>This is so cool :), loved it.</p>
I dyed my canvas haversack by soaking it in black walnut &quot;seeds&quot; that had been in the bucket for a few months. A nice tan that slowly reverts back to &quot;dirty&quot; canvas color. I also used bee's wax too. Keep by a fire (safely) and it melts in all nice and cozy. That haversack has saved me many times. So versatile. I like your work.
Using oil based paint will give you a weather resistant pouch for outdoor use.
You could also wax the canvas. <br> <br>Thanks all, and please vote! :D
I think I'll make one from &quot;upcycled&quot; denim... :-)
Well done!! <br>
I believe that the orginal bag was a WW2 gasmask bag issue to some troops but it had D rings for the strap which was canvas and brass press fasteners to secure it. You have made an excellent job of this one!
Thanks! Yeah, pressing canvas is a pain - but it's worth the trouble. :)
I like how it looks. Nice crisp edges - hard to do with most handmade stuff
That's a great looking bag!

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