Customer Project: Food Sack and Throw Bag
by Dan H
I made a food bag and a throw bag with the $10 DIY kit I recently ordered. I have wanted a more durable food bag than a normal stuff sack/drybag for a while now. I made the food bag similar in design to a traditional roll-top drybag, with grosgrain tabs on each side to clip onto a carabiner. The size ended up being approx 8" in diameter by 15" tall. My kids love to "hang the food" at the end of a day of packing, but lashing a piece of wood or a large water bottle to throw was difficult for them to deal with. So I set out to make a small bag that can be filled with weight (a handful of rocks, or even dirt) then clipped onto the hang-cord. I created a small bag (4"diameter by 4" tall) with a drawstring closure, but added a pair of 3/8" grosgrain tabs (one on each side) to clip a carabiner onto.
Food bag - HyperD300, 3/4" grosgrain, 3/8" grosgrain, Gutterman polyester thread..
Throw bag - 1.7oz ROBIC XL, 3/8" grosgrain, 1/16" drawcord, mini toggle lock, Gutterman polyester thread
How do I make it?
Food bag - I sewed a 3/4" hem along the top edge of the HyperD300. Then sewed the bag inside out, followed by sewing and cutting corners on the bottom of the bag to create a square bottom. After the square bottom was finished, I added a top stitch to each seam for reinforcing. Lastly, I sewed 3/4" grosgrain along the top hem on half of the bag (to give stiffness for rolling the bag shut) with the 3/8" clip tags sandwiched between the grosgrain and HyperD. I finished it off by adding reinforcing stitches to each of the 3/8" tabs.
Throw bag - I sewed a hem along the top edge of the ROBIC XL large enough to allow the drawcord to slide through. Then sewed the bag inside out, added stitches and cuts to make a square bottom, then reinforced each seam with an additional top stitch seam. I then sewed in a triangular piece of ROBIC XL right under the drawcord openings to reinforce the seam. Then I tack stitched the two pieces of 3/8" grosgrain to each side of the bag to hold them in place. I then sewed a second piece of ROBIC XL around the outside of the bag, sandwiching the grosgrain, to add strength. I finished the throw bag by adding reinforcing stitches through the grosgrain and both layers of ROBIC XL, then added the toggle lock to the drawcord.