DIY Pattern

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Please note: This pattern is intended to enable babywearers to make my bags for themselves or their friends and family, absolutely not for sale.  I put a lot of time and effort into coming up with this design, which as far as I know is completely new, so I'll be pretty heartbroken if I find that somebody has pinched it!

I am making the design available for free because we are a small community and I think it is nice if we help each other out - please use the pattern in the same spirit.  All measurements are in centimeters.

Creative Commons License

Onbag DIY Pattern by Sarah Dickinson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

Onbag DIY Pattern (PDF Format) 1.89MB [version 20081008]

Also see our DIY Kits section, where you can order a hard-copy of these instructions plus some extra goodies to finish your bag in style!

The tutorial also includes a section on adapting the basic pattern to make the smaller Onbag Baby, the Accessories and some other ideas...

You will need:

Outer fabric (medium weight cotton drill works well):

  • 1 of 35cm x 35cm - front
  • 1 of 35x70 - back and flap
  • 1 of 22x350 - straps, sides & bottom (don't be tempted to piece two bits together - this is where the bag gets its strength and a seam will look messy when you put it all together later on)
  • 3 of 30x20 - front and back pockets (one in a contrasting material if you wish)
  • 2 of 20x35 - side pockets
  • 2 of 30x10 - side loops

Lining:

  • 1 of 35x35 - front
  • 1 of 35x70 - back and flap
  • 1 of 22x350 - straps, sides & bottom (or 2 x 22x180, or whatever patchwork you end up with!)
  • Velcro for front pockets and flap.
  • Elastic for loops (for slingview mirror etc).

 

These instructions are still quite new and relatively untested so be careful before you cut (!) and let me know where the pitfalls are!

I would love to see photos of your DIY bags - and post them here if I may!?


Be warned that you'll find yourself sewing through quite a few layers at times - go slowly.

For some inspiration look here for some other mama's DIY Onbags.

You may also find this discussion on The Babywearer DIY forum useful.

Comments

query re instructions

How long a zip do I need? It isn't listed in the "materials". Also which method is used to insert it? I can't afford to buy 3.5 metres to get the strap in one piece, where would be a good place to join the fabric, at the bottom of the bag? I notice in the photos at the bottom of page 3 velcro has been stitched on. How far from the edge? and what piece is illustrated? How wide is the elastic? What is it for? What's a slingview mirror? You must think I'm stupid, I've done a lot of sewing but have offered to make it for my daughter-in-law so want to get it right!

Great - thanks - lining fabric missing in pdf version

Looking forward to trying this - the lining fabric measurements are missing from the pdf version: 1 of 35x35 - front 1 of 35x70 - back and flap 1 of 22x350 - straps, sides & bottom (or 2 x 22x180, or whatever patchwork you end up with!) That's as far as I've got so far!