Step 7: Finish the Body

At this point all your stuff will fall out of the side of your bag, so you must close up the side.  Pin the back to the rectangle and the front as high up as you'd like.  The higher you go the more secure, but the more narrow the opening.  Of course we will also install a closure in the next steps.

Topstitch closed.  Stitch the same distance from the edge as you did when closing the gap earlier, so your stitching will go right on top of that stitching.  You could whip stitch or slip stitch by hand if you prefer, but I don't think it's as secure.

(In these pictures the strap isn't attached yet; I then found out you have to have the side open to stitch the strap on, so I had to rip out my stitching and redo it after adding the strap.  And that's why you shouldn't start a project the night before an event.)
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!
I made a version of this bag about two years ago as part of my Bunnymund cosplay (from Rise of the guardians) and aside from it getting sweaty due to me deciding to make it out of fake leather, it was a great bag! I still own it, and plan to use the dimensions and basic shape for a backpack for a faun character I am working on :)
<p>I'm glad to hear it! :)</p>
<p>Nice backpack :D I'll try it one day.Could work great for post apoc LARP.thank you for sharing tips with us :).</p>
Thanks. :)
is not equal but i made something with your original idea like inspiration...
Nice! :D
<p>Nice and good</p>
Shoot! Thanks anyway. Do you know anyone who would make a custom order like this?
<p>contact me at wtl@itctel.com to discuss making this bag</p>
I don't, but I'm sure if you google around, you can find someone. Good luck! :)
<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!
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!

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