How to Make a Snowboard Bag

How to Make a Snowboard Bag
Making your own snowboard bag enables you to not only take part in crafting an item you will use often and that holds perhaps your favorite object of winter, but also to make a bag in a specific size and color. After you make the basic bag you can alter it to suite your needs and personality by adding on internal or external pockets, or both, as well as things like built-in ID tags for when you travel with your snowboard bag.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Sewing machine
  • 7 square yards heavyweight nylon fabric
  • Industrial strength nylon thread
  • 3-foot-long zipper
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric pencil
  • Scissors
Step 1
Sketch on paper the basic shape of the snowboard bag you want to make. Start by measuring your snowboard with a measuring tape to see what it is in inches (most are marked in centimeters) and then adding at least 10 inches of extra length on each end for the length of the bag. This will ensure enough space in the bag for the board, bindings and extra materials you wish to stuff in there, like boots and jackets.
Step 2
Measure your fabric and mark the length where you want to cut with a fabric pencil. Make this mark in the center (longwise) of your length of fabric. Also measure the desired width of your bag, which should be 8 inches wider than the widest part of your snowboard. Mark this width on your fabric with the fabric pencil, to the right of your center length line, and to the left. You will be folding the piece of fabric over like a taco.
Step 3
Cut with sharp scissors the outline of your snowboard bag. The outline you are cutting out should be exactly double the size of what the actual bag will be, because you are going to fold it in half lengthwise.
Step 4
Fold over a half-inch piece of the fabric around the entire edge and sew, so that the edges will not fray.
Step 5
Fold the fabric in half lengthwise so that the sewn edges face out toward you. Sew the edges together starting with one of the short ends and stop halfway up the length of the side.
Step 6
Sew your zipper into the bag, following the instructions on the zipper package. Start at the top, short edge, and continue to bend it down around to the long side of the bag. You can install a longer zipper if you wish. Finish sewing the rest of the bag up to meet where the zipper stops.
Step 7
Turn the bag right side out (with the zipper open). Now all the sewn edges are hidden inside and the zipper should be facing out properly. You can open and close the bag to insert your snowboard. Attach the type of straps or strap you want for carrying the bag. You may wish to sew on two small straps in the middle of the long side or one large strap which is fastened at each end of the bag, it is up to you.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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