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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

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
<p>thanks for the ideas, i made mine from some scraps of leather and an old curtain for the lining.<br><br>Love the pockets</p>
<p>Thanks for this great instructable!</p><p>I used the bottom part of the leg of a kid's old pair of jeans. One less seam to sew, but it made sewing on the pocket (which I moved from another location on the pants, and added a hook-and-loop fastened flap made from a second pocket) harder. The lining is an old microfiber cleaning cloth with quite rough texture.</p><p>I used an old guitar string looped twice in the opening to make it nice and round.</p><p>I didn't have any grommet (and I am stingy and like the challenge of doing this without buying anything but chalk), so I covered the denim around the hole with Shoe Goo to keep it from coming apart, and then glued on a fiberglass washer.</p><p>Any suggestions on the best household materials to make a chalk sock for it (our gym doesn't allow loose chalk)? Is fabric from an old T-shirt porous enough? </p>
<p>Nice job adapting with what you had around the house. Maybe pantyhose would be a good option for a chalk sock? I doubt a tshirt would be porous enough unless it's really worn and lightweight.</p>
The T-shirt and old sock weren't porous enough. They worked, but not as well as commercial chalk socks. Turned out my wife had some old pantyhose, and that worked great.
<p>Cool I'm glad that worked! Good to know about the tshirt and socks not doing the trick.</p>
<p>Now if only one could solve A2 pulley and knee problems in as simple a way as using pantyhose. :-)</p>
No old pantyhose around, I think.<br><br>I made one with an old threadbare sock and one with a T-shirt. Hard to tell if they will work until we climb, since right now they're both covered with chalk from the stuffing.
<p>Great 'ible, thanks!<br><br>I love my new chalk bag! Tried it out yesterday and it was great. I even added a loop of armature wire around the top for a &quot;stay open&quot; design. The patches are patches I screen printed using Lumi from designs I made!</p>
<p>That's awesome, I love the patches! The wire is a nice addition.</p>
<p>Followed almost to the T, great instructables!</p>
<p>Nice! Enjoy your new chalk bag!</p>
Fantastic Instructable! Just finished one from a pair of my late Husband's cargo shorts, now he will be with me whenever I climb:) Thank-you!!
<p>You're welcome! Glad that he can be with you in this way. &lt;3 to you!</p>
<p>I love this project. Can't wait to start using mine!</p>
<p>Thanks for sharing! Hope you're enjoying using it.</p>
<p>This is great, thanks!</p>
<p>You're welcome, glad you are enjoying your chalk bag!</p>
<p>Awesome, thank you !</p>
<p>That turned out great, nice reinforcement along the inside. Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>Great instructable! I made one for my dad for fathers day. </p>
<p>What a great gift, hope he's enjoyed it!</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>You're welcome, glad you are enjoying your chalk bags :)</p>
Just perfect!<br>Thanks for the instructable :)
<p>Awesome! Thanks for sharing!</p>
A wonderful present.<br>The instruction was really helful.<br>Thanks
<p>So glad you made one! Thank you for sharing.</p>
<p>wow so cool,this is my first time seeing this ible!! i made one similar before!!</p>
<p>Awesome instructable!! </p>
<p>Is this product for sale?</p>
<p>Thanks, so glad you made one!</p>
<p>This is great, thanks!</p>
do u think guys would get made fun of if they carried this around and this would make a goood survival bag
<p>Nah. really anymore, society is pretty accepting.</p>
<p>Was actually impressed with how well it turned out and that I had all the materials laying around. 100% free to make. </p>
<p>Nice :)</p>
<p>Great instructable! I made this one for my son for his birthday. </p>
<p>Awesome! What a great gift. </p>
<p>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</p>
Great Instructable :) made my own, and hand-sewn for my brother. Thanks!
<p>Nice! </p>
<p>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 :)</p>
<p>That turned out great! Thank you for sharing!</p>
<p>Wow!! A good idea, I was wondering what to do with upper jeans scraps!</p>
cool(#&cap;_&cap;#)
Think I might try making a bouldering bucket version of this! Will be my first ever sewing/fabric project.
This is very cute and functional! Thanks so much for sharing your hard work and do have a splendorous day! <br>sunshiine
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.
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! <br>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! <br> <br>

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