Estimated completion time: 5-6 hours
I made this as part of my wife's Halloween costume. It is a health pack the survivors carry in
the zombie survival game Left 4 Dead. I tried to make it as dimensionally accurate as
possible by comparing about a dozen in game screen shots to game items with dimensions
I knew (i.e. 1911 pistol).
I did end up making a few changes that are not really that apparent. I used ripstop nylon
though the game one does not. Also, I scaled the size down by about 20%. A full size pack
seemed kind of awkward and unwieldy mounted on the back.
Click the little i in the top corner of an image to see its full size.
Materials - FIG 1-1
With the exception of the printable fabric sheets, all the materials I used can be found at
- 1 Yard x 420 Denier Coated Ripstop Packcloth Nylon Fabric - Chili Pepper Red
- 4 Yard x 3/4" Polypropylene Webbing - Black
- 2 x ¾" Ladderlock Buckles - Black
- 4 x Metal Zipper - Black (two should be slightly smaller)
- 1 x Red thread
- 1 x Black thread
- 1 x White thread
- 1 x EQ Printables - Premium Cotton Satin Inkjet Printable Fabric Sheets
- 1 x 1" D-ring
- 1 x Large Bag of cotton stuffing or a few packs of tissue paper.
- Some assorted fabric scraps.
- Straight-stitch sewing machine (with zipper foot)
- Lighter or heat gun
- Ink Jet Printer
- Razor Knife
- Hand sewing materials
Step 1: Prepare Materials for Sewing
Part One: Get the Pattern
Open and print a PDF version of the pattern here. Once you have it printed out
go ahead and cut out all the pieces. I didn't label the pieces on the pattern so you will
need to refer to FIG 2-1 to see what each piece is.
The appropriate number of each piece from your nylon fabric.You will need two
of each pattern piece FIG 2-2.
You will need to transfer all the lines and marking on each patten piece to its
corresponding fabric piece. With coated nylon this is easier said than done. A caulk
pen will work but it wont show up in photographs so I am going to use an ink pen; if all
goes well the marked area will be covered up anyway.
Leave one side piece and one back piece unmarked.
The easiest way to transfer the markings is to punch holes in the pattern at each
marked corner. Lay the patten over a its corresponding fabric piece then wiggle the tip
of your marking tool in the holes. Next, lift off the pattern and connect the dots with a
straight edge FIG 2-3.