I needed a bag that would hold a lot of stuff and be completely hands-free to wear, so this is what I came up with. I made the cream bag the night before a festival. My friend wanted a variation of the bag so she and her boyfriend could carry their snake around, so I made the green bag and documented it for all of you. :)
This bag seriously holds a ton of stuff.
If anything isn't clear, please ask. :)
Step 1: Materials and Supplies
You will need fabric for the shell (the outside of the bag) and the lining, and the strap. Actual yardage will vary depending on your size. Either the lining or the shell material (or both if you like) should be a heavier fabric, to support all your stuff. Both of the bags I made are lined in a heavy duck cloth. The cream fabric is muslin, which makes the bag softer and slouchier, and the green fabric is a bottomweight, which makes the bag stiffer and hold its shape more. Whichever fabrics you choose, they should not be knits or other stretchy fabrics.
- For the template, you will need a piece of cardstock or construction paper about the size of your back. Tape two pieces together if you need to.
- For the body of the bag, you will need about half a yard each of the shell and lining materials, from 45" cloth.
- For the strap: Measure from your right hip, over your left shoulder, and back down to your right hip, and add 12 inches. This is the length of strap material you will need. The width is 6 inches. Yes, you have to buy a lot of fabric and will have a lot left over, but Jo-Ann's has coupons every week so it won't be too expensive.
- Notions: thread to match lining and shell; depending on which closure style you choose you will need two D rings or two buttons and some elastic cord.
- The usual miscellaneous things: pen, scissors, pins, etc.