U-Zip Bag


Bag Features

Inspired by expedition duffel bags this small storage bag originated as an exercise in sewing the U-shaped zipper. The elliptical shape and expansive top lid means clear visibility and access to the contents. With optional overlay panels for durability, U-Zip Bags are optimal for garage tools, climbing hardware, or any other heavy duty use.

  • Wide opening U-Shaped Zipper lid
  • Elliptical profile for free standing structure
  • Optional overlays on bottom and sides
  • Bag measures ~ 9 x 5 x 7 inches (23 x 12.7 x 17.8 cm)


Downloadable PDF sewing pattern includes

  • Print at home pattern suitable for both Letter and A4 sized paper
  • Material list and cut layout
  • Detailed step-by-step sewing instructions
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See Fabrics Guide for technical fabric descriptions and LearnMYOG Map for local vendors.

  • YKK #5 coil zipper. Size and style of zipper matters.
  • Recommend bias binding tape for curved seams, not grosgrain ribbon.
Material Description Length (Width) Links
Shell Fabric Sturdy pack fabric 400-600 denier
500d Cordura, 420d ROBIC, EPLX400, XPac X50, etc
1/2 yd (58") Ripstop by the Roll logo
Zipper YKK #5 Coil Zipper continuous tape and one slider 21 inches Ripstop by the Roll logo
Bias Binding Double fold bias tape, twill tape, fold over elastic, etc 3 yd (3/4-1") Quest Outfitters logo