Step 3: Cut the Fabric Pieces

Use the template to cut two pieces each from the lining and shell.  To make your pieces bilaterally symmetrical, fold the template in half and place the crease on the fold of the fabric.  Remember, you can fold the fabric wherever you like to make it most economical.  Trace and cut.  Ideally you'd use a pencil or chalk, but if you need to you can use a pen since the marks will be in the seam allowance.  Disregard the added seam allowance marks in the pictures; I was foolish and didn't include them in my template.

Out of the pieces you've cut, one each of the shell and lining pieces will be the "back" pieces (whole rectangles, touching your back), and one each will be the "front" pieces (trianglish shapes, not touching your back).  Using your template as a guide, cut one each of the shell and lining pieces along the diagonal that is marked on the template.  You can use the first as a template for the second to get a perfect match.  If your fabric has a right and wrong side, you will need to pay attention to which way the diagonals on the front pieces run.  With your fabric right side up, lay the template wrong side up for the lining and right side up for the shell.

Finally, to make your bag hold a lot of stuff, you will need a rectangle of fabric to give your bag depth.  Measure around a front piece from corner to corner the long way (not across the diagonal); see the last picture for clarification.  Add an inch for wiggle room, and that is the length of the rectangle.  The width is four inches (three inches of depth plus seam allowance), though you can make it wider or narrower if you like.  Cut one each of these rectangles from shell and lining material.
Nice bag! BTW, here's a couple of less tedious ways to invert long tubes with closed ends: thread a piece of wire with a loop on the end, and put a needle all the way through the cloth and loop together. Then you can pull the wire out and the tube inverts itself. Or, if you thought of it ahead of time, sew a cord in the middle and sew it to the end of the tube. Just pull the cord and trim!
Great idea; that would have made things easier. Thanks!
<p>ive made 2 now great bags...</p><p>thanks</p>
<p>Yay! I'm glad you had success. :)</p>
<p>Hello, just wanna ask if you have the actual PDF for the template??</p>
No, there is no pdf template. But it really isn't difficult to make your own. :) Good luck!
Shoot! Thanks anyway. Do you know anyone who would make a custom order like this?
I don't, but I'm sure if you google around, you can find someone. Good luck! :)
I love how this bag looks! But I can't sew. Do you have an etsy or something where you sell these? I'd love to buy one.
Thanks! While I do have an etsy, I don't sell any sewn objects (I sell laser-cut jewelry). Sorry! I'm not very fast at sewing, so to make a decent hourly wage I'd have to charge way more than I think is reasonable. You could probably commission someone to make one for you based on this instructable, though! Good luck!
<p>I love how his bag looks! But I can't sew at all. Do you maybe have an etsy or something where you sell these? I'd love to buy one.</p>
<p>This is a fantastic pattern; easy, simple, and clear. I have been wanting to make this kind of bag, thank you! I will probably put in a zipper, though.</p>
<p>Hi, did you figure out how to put a zipper in? I'm thinking just put it where the gap is in the instructions..... but if I'm using a zipper I'm also thinking why not just make the whole flap be able to open?</p>
Glad you like it! :D A zipper is a great idea (I find zippers intimidating but I should probably get over that. :P).
<p>I really love the unusual shape of this bag! I can see that it would hold a ton. Looks handy for bike-riding. Could you put a zipper in for closure? I invariably end up dumping my bag all over if it doesn't zip closed. And the snake escapes, too - ha ha! I think I'd like using D-rings on the strap so it would lay flat against my body, instead of having a big bow or knot - most of the length of the strap would need to be coming up from the hip area, with the D-rings on the top, on a shorter piece. But that's just my preference - if I make it, I'll post pics. I think I'd also like a little pocket sewn onto the lining inside the part that goes against your back, to fit a cell phone, kindle, or a little pad &amp; pen. Thanks for the great inspiration! </p>
<p>Hi! Did you figure out how to put the zipper in?</p>
<p>Great ideas! I'd love to see photos if/when you make it. :)</p>
Sorry, I should have been more clear. Do I sketch from left shoulder to upper right pelvis? Or to lower right floating rib?
It's up to you, depending on how you want your bag to be. :) I did shoulder blade to the top of the hip bone, but you can do it however you like.
When you day to &quot;trace your back&quot;, what do you mean?
Have a friend hold the cardstock up to your back and sketch a rectangle with rounded corners, or you do the same to a friend who's about your size. This is so that the bag is about the right size for you (you don't want it way too big or too small).<br><br>You don't technically have to do this - you can measure your back and then sketch the shape based on measurements - but I think it helps.<br><br>I hope that was clear!
Can you please give me measurements for the triangle shape? I can't quite get the right shape.
<p>Sure thing! The triangle piece is cut from another rectangle piece (12.5 inches tall, 10 inches wide, curved corners). The top of the diagonal line is just below where the side starts to curve (11 inches tall on that side), and the bottom of the diagonal line is just above where the side starts to curve (2 inches tall on that side). After sketching that line, I cut half an inch to the outside for seam allowance.</p><p>Those are my measurements, but don't worry if yours isn't exact; there is no real &quot;right way&quot;. I just made it up as I went along, so my shape isn't necessarily better than another shape. :)</p><p>Good luck!</p>
<p>This is great, I think I'm in love</p>
I was very pleased with your bag. I was in an accident and am left with residual pain, left shoulder and neck, so wearing any bag or back pack is uncomfortable. This could adapt well for either side. I was given a very expensive bag similar and it worked brilliantly but has worn in many areas (zipper closure - last gasp). It was functional but not pretty I am going to find the most garish fabric and trim as is my style. I think I will add a few pockets to the lining to keep myself organized. I have some great antique buttons that would be best showcased on your wonderful bag.Thanx so much.
I am glad you found it helpful. :) Best of luck on your bag!
I am in the process of making this bag and I'm having issues with connecting the back piece to the triangular piece.. When I sewed the bag together and turned it inside out I notices that it still had both rounded edges on the top.. I can't seem to figure out how to fix it...
It's hard for me to imagine what you're doing without seeing photos, but the back piece and triangular piece don't attach to each other directly; they each attach to opposite long edges of the skinny rectangle, so that it is between them. <br> <br>I hope that helps. If not, it would be very helpful if you could show me a photo of your pieces so I have a better idea of what the problem is. :)
I just wanted to post my experience on this project. :) I absolutely LOVE the idea of it! :) I had made a template with cardstock, and somehow it came up missing. The closest alternative I could find, instead of making another one, was using a storage box lid! :) This is PERFECT for tracing! :) I almost have mine finished, so I'll try to add some pictures when I get it done. :)
Can't wait to see your pictures. :)
Ahh, I love the look and size of this bag. I've been wanting a snug bag for my back when I don't need my full backpack, but their closures have been less than appealing. This on the other hand looks both functional and great! <br>How's the button closure holding up thusfar?
Thanks! I haven't put it through the ringer so I can't vouch for its toughness, but I expect it to hold up well. And of course, it is easy to remove without damaging the fabric if necessary.
GOD, &iexcl;&iexcl;This is Awesome!! I love both kinds of Closures. What about adding an stabilizing strap in case you need to Run?
Thank you! I have run and jumped with it on with no problems. I suppose if you wanted to be extra sure you could add another strap perpendicular to the first, that goes around the other side of your body and attaches to the first strap in the center of your chest.
That's cool.. But did the snake like it? haha =) Nice job btw.
I don't think they've used it yet, but she probably will. She likes snuggling in warm places and being near people. Thank you. :)
You know I was thinking on getting a camera bag and I was just now thinking when looking at this again that this with a little padding and a few pockets will make a nice DSLR camera bag. Great when climbing a rock wall to get a few nice pics from above! ;) I think I will make one sometime soon.
Yeah, the nice thing about it is that it's snug against your back, so it doesn't move or flop around at all. If you do make one, I'd love to see it.
Yeah, just what I was thinking this way. This way it be safe and secure plus comfortable on my back . If I do make it, I will sure show it to you.
Did you say &quot;snake&quot;??
Yes, their snake is very friendly and enjoys traveling around with them. They wanted a nicer carrying-bag for her.
Very cute bag! And it looks pretty easy to put it all together!
Thank you! It is much easier if you aren't making it at the last minute at two in the morning. :P
I love it! Did you sew yours by hand?
Thank you! Only the buttons were by hand, everything else by machine. Well, on the cream bag I whip-stitched it up the side by hand, but the stitching started to pull out so I topstitched it with the machine to secure it. You could do the whole thing by hand, but I don't recommend it. :P

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