Frame Bags

Three DIY Bikepacking Bags

Gearing up for a bikepacking trip shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. This pattern set includes a Half Frame Bag and two distinct Top Tube bags. Make three custom bikepacking frame bags with less than a yard of X-Pac!


Bag Features

  • Confident beginner-friendly patterns for three bikepacking bags with no special tools.
  • Large front Top Tube bag fits an iPhone 12 Pro with ease along with tons of snacks.
  • Rear Top Tube bag carries tools, pump, and an emergency spare.
  • Half Frame Bag engulfs gear like a jacket, wallet, keys, lunch, stove, and smalls.
  • Foam-sandwiched panels provide rigid bags that free-stand and protect your frame.
  • Lined interiors with bright fabric for visibility and easy cleaning.
  • All three bags are constructed in similar fashion for consistency and minimal fabric.


Downloadable PDF sewing pattern includes

  • Print at home pattern suitable for both Letter and A4 sized paper
  • Detailed step-by-step sewing instructions
  • Visual instructions for modifying Half Frame Bag to custom bike geometries
  • Perfectly sized foam and liner patterns for rigid, free-standing bags
  • Complete list of materials for a budget build
  • Sewalong video showing step-by-step construction methods

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  • Less than a yard of sturdy body fabric such as Cordura 500d or X-PAC
  • Lightweight lining fabric. Bright and waterproof. Silnylon or PU Coated Ripstop
  • 1/8" (3mm) EVA foam. Grab the 13"x39" sheets available on Amazon.
  • YKK #5 coil zipper or Uretek for added water-resistance
  • 3/4" (20mm) sewable hook and loop (non-adhesive velcro)
  • Optional: paracord for frame bag lacing instead of velcro

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