I’ve been making framebags for about 3 years now and my conclusion is that zippers suck. They suck to install and then they bust. In just one week, I busted the zippers on my framebag, my top-tube bag, and a jacket. I threw them all in my gear closet and stomped away.
Then I stomped back to the gear closet, took out my sewing machine, plus a seam ripper, and got to work. It was surprisingly easy to retrofit a roll-top onto my previously zippered framebag. I ripped out the zipper and opened a couple side seams to lay the bag flat. I dove back into the gear closet to harvest buckles and webbing off a Camelback and fanny pack, both of which by the way had busted zippers. All told, it took about 5 hours of seam-ripping, sewing, scrounging, swearing, and finally satisfaction. The bag works great.
5 thoughts on “DIY: Roll-Top Framebag”
That is a fantastic fix. I want to go on rides like you do. I’m starting my research now. Checking out your blog now! Take care of yourself out there! 🙂 Best, Koko
Ever since I saw this I’ve been planning to make my own…. thank you very much Ginger for the inspiration! I’m ordering my fabrics right now actually! The only segment I’m having a hard time thinking of how to do is the triangular shaped piece at the bottom of the “bra” strap.. would that be a cut out piece with an edge burnt or..?
Yup. I cut out a triangle from a fat piece of webbing and sealed the edges with a lighter. I then bar stitched the triangle into a horizontal piece of webbing that runs the length of the bag and then bar-stitched on the bra strap. Send me a pic when you’re done!
Hey I finally finished it today… made a lot of mistakes along the way and learned what i need to get better at, but overall a very fun project and very functional.. thanks again for the inspiration!
YOUR BAG LOOKS AMAAAAZING! Thanks for sharing!