Bikepacking Series - Stem Bag

aka Feed Bag

Pattern and Materials

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Materials

  • Sturdy body fabric such as Cordura 500d, XPAC VX21, or Waxed Canvas
  • Lightweight lining fabric. Bright and waterproof. Silnylon or PU Coated Ripstop.
  • Small scrap of mesh or stretch material for external pocket.
  • Optional: fun patterned fabric for front of pack, cotton or stretchy work well
  • 0.75" nylon webbing, cord, and hardware such as Cyberian CordLoc and/or drawcord toggles
  • 0.75" velcro straps for attaching to bike. Sew your own or Velcro One-Wrap.

Assembly Instructions

Pattern Prep

  1. Download and print the pattern. Read all instructions carefully.
  2. Measure and cut fabric panels. Seam allowances are included.

Body Front

  1. Cut mesh the desired height of the front panel, width to match.
  2. Bind or hem top edge of mesh, zig zag stitch if stretchy mesh.
  3. Baste stitch mesh to front panel to form the pocket.
  4. Set aside front panel.

Body Back

  1. Cut 0.75" webbing to match the length of back panel. Melt ends to prevent fraying.
  2. Mark parallel line approximately 2" (5 cm) from top edge of back panel.
  3. Sew webbing to back panel at 1" (2.5 cm) increments with tight zig zags or 3-4 parallel stithes.
  4. Set aside back panel.

Bottom Panel

  1. Cut 0.75" webbing to match the diameter of bottom panel. Melt ends to prevent fraying.
  2. Align webbing along middle of bottom panel.
  3. Sew webbing to bottom panel at ~1" (2.5 cm) increments, evenly space.
  4. Set aside bottom panel.

Cinch Cord Collar

  1. Single fold and hem one end of collar. Match other end.
  2. Fold collar in half along length, right side out and finger press to crease.
  3. Starting 3 cm from either end, stitch along bottom edge within seam allowance.
  4. Lightly mark open end "B".
  5. Set aside cinch collar.

Pre-Assembly - Body

  1. Wrong sides out, arrange back panel to front panel. Webbing daisy chain should be along top.
  2. Sew along right side edge with 3/8" (1 cm) seam allowance.
  3. Stop short at bottom by 1 cm allowing for bottom panel seam allowance.
  4. Double check your front pocket and webbing are oriented correctly in relation to each other.

Sewing the Round Bottom

  1. Contrary to many online tutorials, it's better to sew the circle now to avoid puckering later.
  2. This is by far the toughest part of the project, so take your time. A short stitch length makes sewing curves easier.
  3. With right sides touching, arrange the bottom panel's webbing parallel to the body's bottom edge.
  4. The edge of the circle should be touching the bottom edge of the body panel.
  5. Begin sewing, following your circle's seam allowance as you sew.
  6. Go slow, use a short stitch length. Make sure the edges are even as you progress.
  7. As you reach your starting point, stop short before stitching over the body panels vertical seam allowance.

Close the Body

  1. Because we stitched the circle first, the vertical seam allowances may be a bit uneven. No worries!
  2. With clips or pins, align the Body Panels with the Bottom circle to close the gap.
  3. Adjust the vertical panels seam allowances to match the remaining circumference of the bottom panel.
  4. Sew the vertical body seam closed.
  5. Last, stitch closed the gap remaining in bottom circle panel.

Flip the body right side out and correct any puckering or misalignment.

Attach Cinch Collar

  1. With your bag body right side out, align the raw edge of collar along the top of body.
  2. Stitched end of collar slips into the open end of collar, marked B, making a cord channel.
  3. Stitch the collar to the body.
  4. Sew Cyberian Cord Loc into this seam, near the cord channel opening.

Liner

  1. Repeating above steps, sew the liner body to the liner bottom.
  2. Along the vertical seam, leave a 3" (8 cm) gap to be closed after flipping the bag.

Liner Assembly

  1. Slide assembled body inside the assembled liner. Right sides touching. Wrong side of liner out.
  2. Align and clip liner along top perimeter of body/collar. Sew along perimeter within seam allowance.
  3. Flip entire bag thru gap in liner vertical seam. Fold under, smooth, and top stitch liner closed.

Congrats, the sewing is complete!

Final Touches

  1. Cut velcro straps or One-Wrap to fit around handlebars and stem.
  2. Add draw cord thru channel and cord lock. Small shock cord works great as well.
  3. Tie cord thru the bottom panel webbing and around the bike fork to prevent swinging.

Great job, now make another one for a matched pair!

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