Instant Bag From Hooded Sweater





Introduction: Instant Bag From Hooded Sweater

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Instantly turn any hooded sweater or jacket into a makeshift bag to carry your stuff. no sewing or cutting needed!

Step 1: Select Your Sweater

it can be a pullover or zip up; pockets and drawstrings are nice but not necessary. The only thing it really needs is a hood. The sweater you use should fit you comfortably or be a little big, if it's too small you will have a hard time making it work.

Step 2: Put Your Stuff in It

Put your gear in the body of the jacket, mostly near the neck and shoulders but not in the hood or sleeves. Arrange it so that things nestle together for maximum usage of space and to prevent shifting while carrying. For best results don't fill it more than about 2/3 full- of course in an emergency do what you gotta do, but it works better when it's not stuffed to the brim.

Step 3: Fold It Up

once everything is in place you can put smaller things in the pockets if you have them for easier access. Fold the bottom of the sweater up to the neck and fold the hood over the rest of the sweater, making sure it is secured snugly in place and doesn't come unfolded when you pick it up(this is why it is best not to over fill it).

Step 4: Tie It Up and Go

If you have drawstrings you can cinch them up and tie them together across the nape of the neck of the sweater for a more secure setup, if not you can go right to tying the sleeves together to make the shoulder strap. It's going to be a snug fit but that helps it stay in place which is nice for crossing rugged terrain. If it really is just too tight then you may need a bigger sweater. Also, if you have drawstrings you can tie a water bottle or most anything else really that you may want/need to be readily available. now you are ready to go with all your stuff in tow!



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    This is a great idea; however, it seems that it may
    not work unless the folded item is tied with a cord to keep the hood from falling open, at least, that is what happened to me. In addition, what happens if I do not have a cord with me? Please advise, as this IS a great idea and I want it to work. Thanks!

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    That is what I mean. Instead of tying it with the drawstring, you could use paracord to keep it closed, just tie it like you showed us in the picture. I am glad you think it is a good idea. Would it work with a winter coat, or do you have to have a sweatshirt? Would it have more space, or would it not hold together?

    I have not tried it with a winter coat. I don't think it would work as well because they are usually a slick material which would slip a lot more, but it's worth a try!

    the first time I tried it without a cord it feel open too. the first thing I tried was to wear it so the opening was against my body rather than facing out, this does make it so you have to take it off to open it but having it pressed against you helps keep it closed. I also found that if I could get the hood to wrap around more than half of the rest of the hoodie it kind of just nestles in and holds pretty well. and when I know I'm going to be doing some running or climbing I tie it tighter against my body. and lastly, if none of that seems to help I also have found that if I can take the bottom of the hoodie (the part that would be around your waist when wearing it) and stuff it into the neck, kind of spreading it out inside, before wrapping the hood over top then that holds better too. I don't always like doing that because it's more work to open and close it, but the friction of it really being stuffed inside itself seems to do the trick if all else fails. I hope that helps!

    You could use paracord to tie it. Then when you un-tie it, you have the paracord as well as everything in it.

    yeah, we went to the zoo and grandma got a few too many souvenirs for my daughter. at the same time our cold morning turned into a hot afternoon, I started stuffing things inside my hoodie and it just kinda came together. I hope it comes in handy for you sometime

    Cool,it really sounds like a great idea!

    Nice I love this iedea. thanks

    Great instructable! I am totally going to try it out.

    Have a great day! :-)

    I only discovered it recently when a cold morning at the zoo became a warm afternoon with souvenirs. necessity really is the mother of invention.