Bikepacking Series - Stem Bag
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- 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.
- Cut 0.75" webbing to match the length of back panel. Melt ends to prevent fraying.
- Mark parallel line approximately 2" (5 cm) from top edge of back panel.
- Sew webbing to back panel at 1" (2.5 cm) increments with tight zig zags or 3-4 parallel stithes.
- Set aside back panel.
- Cut 0.75" webbing to match the diameter of bottom panel. Melt ends to prevent fraying.
- Align webbing along middle of bottom panel.
- Sew webbing to bottom panel at ~1" (2.5 cm) increments, evenly space.
- Set aside bottom panel.
- Wrong sides out, arrange back panel to front panel. Webbing daisy chain should be along top.
- Sew along right side edge with 3/8" (1 cm) seam allowance.
- Stop short at bottom by 1 cm allowing for bottom panel seam allowance.
- Double check your front pocket and webbing are oriented correctly in relation to each other.
- Contrary to many online tutorials, it's better to sew the circle now to avoid puckering later.
- This is by far the toughest part of the project, so take your time. A short stitch length makes sewing curves easier.
- With right sides touching, arrange the bottom panel's webbing parallel to the body's bottom edge.
- The edge of the circle should be touching the bottom edge of the body panel.
- Begin sewing, following your circle's seam allowance as you sew.
- Go slow, use a short stitch length. Make sure the edges are even as you progress.
- As you reach your starting point, stop short before stitching over the body panels vertical seam allowance.
- Because we stitched the circle first, the vertical seam allowances may be a bit uneven. No worries!
- With clips or pins, align the Body Panels with the Bottom circle to close the gap.
- Adjust the vertical panels seam allowances to match the remaining circumference of the bottom panel.
- Sew the vertical body seam closed.
- Last, stitch closed the gap remaining in bottom circle panel.
Flip the body right side out and correct any puckering or misalignment.
- Slide assembled body inside the assembled liner. Right sides touching. Wrong side of liner out.
- Align and clip liner along top perimeter of body/collar. Sew along perimeter within seam allowance.
- Flip entire bag thru gap in liner vertical seam. Fold under, smooth, and top stitch liner closed.
Congrats, the sewing is complete!