I believe that it is quite strong and can carry in upwards of 15 lbs without tearing. The flap on the top can be pulled back behind the body to be left open for ease of access. You can use this when traveling, going on a walk or hike, camping, when you garden for holding weeds, bulbs, seeds, tools, whatever you want. :) I can fit about 4 standard size water bottles in it.
Step 1: Supplies
- 1 Spare hand towel
- Needle and thread (I used a sewing machine)
- A marker
- Fasteners (I used two magnets, a butterfly clip, and pins while sewing)
- A strap of some kind (The cord at the bottom was what I was originally going to use but decided it would be uncomfortable)
This project took me about 4 hours from concept to finished product. Since you have the instructions right here it should take you no time at all! :)
Step 2: Mark the Flap
Once you've fastened one end, fold it (almost like origami) so that it looks like you're making a paper airplane by folding the corners to the center. I would then bring the corners (where I have mark 1 & 2) toward the unfastened end. This will add a slightly larger body to hold objects in. I would then hold up the bag and let the flap lay over the top of the pouch to get a reference of where the flap will be. You can make the flap as short or long as you want.
After you've folded the corners where you want them mark the positions of them with a marker. Mark on top as well as underneath the folded corner and on the flap right next to the corner but not on it. (See the close up pictures to get a better reference. You can flip step 2 & 3, the order of these doesn't really matter.)
Step 3: Sew the Fastened End
This is what it should look like. (With marked corners shown)
Step 4: Sew the Corners
For each corner you will make two stitches. One stitch will go along the hem of the towel. The length of this stitch will determine three things; how thick the connection of the strap will be, how long the stitch across the hem will be, and how much of the bag will be useable. The longer the stitch is three things will happen, you will need to make the across stitch longer so that it reaches at least to the edge of the pouch and past the top of the hem 1/4'', the strength of the connection to the strap will be stronger since you have more room to attach it, and the bag will be stronger in general since the stitch that goes across the hem will be the primary load bearing stitch, since you must make the stitch perpendicular to the hem you will use more bag space and not be able to use that space.
Step 5: Flip the Flap and Sew the Corners Again
Sew along the hem that is underneath the flap. This increases strength of the connections.
The close up photos give a clear detail.