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Anyone who climbs regularly needs a chalk bag.  As an added bonus, I integrated pockets into this one.  Next time you're out climbing and need a place to stash your cash and keys, here's your answer.

This instructable will be following how I made version 1.0 of this bag from an old pair of jeans.  It worked out OK, but the pockets aren't that useable.  The cargo one pictured third is definitely an improvement on my first attempt.  However both follow the same construction techniques, so this should guide you for whatever kind of chalk bag you would like to make, including a standard one without pockets.

Step 1: What you Need

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You will need:

Outer fabric for your chalk bag.  I used an old pair of jeans for this one so I could integrate the pockets and belt loops into the design.  The second one I made (see third intro image) was from an old pair of cargo pants, and I used the cargo pockets as part of the design.  If you are doing a plain chalk bag, you can use whatever fabric you like, provided it is relatively sturdy. 

Lining fabric: fleece or something soft works best, because it will have a stickiness factor for the chalk.

Cord/elastic: to loosen and tighten the bag

Cord stop and large eyelet for the cord/elastic
pyrofreak7 made it!2 months ago

Great instructable! I made one for my dad for fathers day.

andhobbes90 made it!3 months ago

My girlfriend and I made these out of Cargo shorts we found at Goodwill. They turned out amazing. The pockets are a nice addition. Thanks for the tutorial!

alomsimoy made it!3 months ago
Just perfect!
Thanks for the instructable :)
kress.tatjana made it!6 months ago
A wonderful present.
The instruction was really helful.
jordon.a.huisman made it!8 months ago

Was actually impressed with how well it turned out and that I had all the materials laying around. 100% free to make.

Natalina (author)  jordon.a.huisman7 months ago

Nice :)

vivek.balachandran.9 made it!8 months ago

Awesome instructable!!

Natalina (author)  vivek.balachandran.97 months ago

Thanks, so glad you made one!

dottie.byrne.5 made it!7 months ago

Great instructable! I made this one for my son for his birthday.

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Natalina (author)  dottie.byrne.57 months ago

Awesome! What a great gift.

B°Art9 months ago

i'm gonna try this we need some presents for the kids climbing club i teach but there's like no budget so i need to get creative need to make 12 for the kids and if they turn out good i think 4 more for the trainers

NathanielA made it!10 months ago
Great Instructable :) made my own, and hand-sewn for my brother. Thanks!
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oraxia made it!11 months ago

I'd been saving a pair of torn embroidered jeans for something special for years, and when I saw this, I knew what to do (especially since I'd just gotten into climbing)! I ended up deconstructing one of the back pockets and a couple of belt loops off so I could use the embroidered part of the pants rather than the waistband (and modifying the measurements ever so slightly for the sake of that embroidered panel), but the tutorial is pretty straightforward and I love the idea :)

Natalina (author)  oraxia11 months ago

That turned out great! Thank you for sharing!

Gabeuse1 year ago

Wow!! A good idea, I was wondering what to do with upper jeans scraps!

Jayefuu2 years ago
Think I might try making a bouldering bucket version of this! Will be my first ever sewing/fabric project.
sunshiine2 years ago
This is very cute and functional! Thanks so much for sharing your hard work and do have a splendorous day!
Schmidty163 years ago
how do u open it
Once you follow the directions for inserting the cord, the way it closes is very easy and exactly how the store bought ones close.
karekare2 years ago
Thank you so much for the great instructions! I was looking for a different pattern for a chalk pot for my bouldering daughter and this was exactly what I was looking for!
I went to the thrift store and bought a pair of child's Levis and cut the pattern trying to incorporate all the logos. Shes going to love it!

ellieberry2 years ago
Finished mine the other day and it came out great - thanks for the instructable! :D
breunor2 years ago
This is a very clever setup and good use of old jeans! Was looking for an option for my weight lifting chalk and this would fit the bill.
mnissen12 years ago
great jeans style chalkbag -- also created a pattern but on craftsy - however I should try out this site, seems to be much cooler - anyways. here is the link to the free pattern .. http://wurzelkraut.com/en/2012/08/19/chalkbag-bauanleitung/ -- marco
Schmidty163 years ago
id add a zipper on the top so it would be easy to open
Schmidty163 years ago
do u think guys would get made fun of if they carried this around and this would make a goood survival bag
tinyweasel3 years ago
This is great! Mine looks amazing. I put a little robot on it.
sabladask3 years ago

Try using teddy animals insted. Then you can make som intresting/funny calk baggs. Fore exampel use a spongebob teddy!! I have one of spongebob, it makes everyone laugh at the crag :)
Natalina (author)  sabladask3 years ago
Great idea! For my next one I was thinking of making a fur one with googlie eyes. Saw someone with one at my gym and couldn't stop smiling when I saw it!
Do you go to Planet Granite?
Natalina (author)  theman1233213 years ago
Yes indeed!
AmandaP3 years ago
You've inspired me! Im going to make one for my daughter, who does urban climbing.
timatee45453 years ago
HAHA, this is such great timing! I had a friend who was trying to get me into climbing and after a bit of a trial run the first thing I said was I need a chalk bag already.