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Jack Tar Bag

Merchant and Mills

This copious bucket bag has space for an almost infinite amount of stuff. Make it in traditional British oilskin, sturdy canvas, cotton drill or denim. Fully lined with 3 divided internal pockets. The most useful of bags.
The sample in the picture is made from Yellow Dry Oilskin, which can be found in our cloth/utility section. The off white bag is made from Bull Denim with a natural leather handle. Please note we have put the lining pocket on the front of the bag for this sample.
The blue bag is made from Expedition Oilskin in navy.
All hardware for this pattern can be found in our hardware section. Please look in suitable fabrics for our suggestions, for the lining we suggest something like a simple cotton or Duck Canvas.
When inserting the rivets we recommend using a very solid surface like a cement floor so there is no movement.
Finished measurements length 43cm, width 47cm.

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Additional information


Denim / Corduroy, Lycra / Spandex / Waterproof

Make time

Half a day, All day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

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    5 out of 5 Fabby Bag!


    Wanted to make myself a bag to take on holiday that was robust enough to cope with being dragged around from aeroplane to aeroplane and roomy enough to hold all the stuff I needed to carry. Loved that this bag had some interesting details but was still a big blank canvas on the outer shell for me to embellish as I wanted (hadn’t done any hand sewing for ages but really fancied doing some embroidery to make it more personal)… Pattern itself very straightforward and easy to follow, some interesting techniques and, embroidery aside, it took just an afternoon to out together. Feels like a really sturdy piece so think this bag will last a good while before needing replaced. I used dry oilskin from Merchant and Mills and a grey duck canvas that I’d bought from them yonks ago following the publication of their first book. I would always recommend M&M patterns – I’ve made several and have yet to find any downside really.

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