Frame Bag #3 for the Salsa Mukluk

They say practice makes perfect, and while it’s not perfect yet, it’s getting better. Over the weekend I finished my third frame bag for the Salsa Mukluk. Bag #1 came out ok. I learned how to install a zipper on that one, so that section wasn’t very clean. I also didn’t like the sharpness of the nose of the bag.

Bag #2 I learned how to install zipper stops and zipper pulls, which I think looks better than the Bag #1 zippers. However, I learned that the pattern I made was off by a little bit. I also didn’t sew very straight while assembling the bag so that lead to two big issues. Number one was that the bag was too small for the frame. Number two was that the bag had a twist in it, so it sat in the frame slightly crooked.

So it was back to the drawing board for bag #3. I made a new pattern. Applied what I learned on the previous bags and went to work. One thing that I didn’t expect was that bag #3 came together much faster. After having figured out different pieces of the puzzle on bags #1 and #2, the sewing and assembly was much faster. There are still a couple things that I need to work on, mostly the pass-through on the nose of the bag. Overall though, it came out pretty good.


I added a patch that my friend Marcus made for fellow randonneur Jim Swarzman. Jim was the victim of a hit and run while on a brevet near San Diego. Jim was a rider that I looked up to and we chatted about different adventure rides. I think he’d appreciate the snow bike in sunny So Cal so I wanted to put this patch on there.

Now I have to figure out what to make next! Another frame bag? A couple top bags? A backpack? It’s all in the queue. Just a matter of picking the order.

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  • … i see a future in this. At least an Etsy store, if not more.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Jenni.

  • Glenn Charles

    Errin, when can I place my order 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Let’s talk Glenn. When do you need one?

  • Rob

    Looks good, kind of fun working your way through the learning curve, each on egets a little better. I would suggest making some smaller bags to sort your stuff out, and experiment with different pocket and zipper assemblies on thinfs you can use of the bike as well. e.g. pencil bags, bags for sorting your notions, travel gear, etc. The gives you the chance to experiment with different fasteners and seam styles and still end up with useful stuff.

    Oh, and I covet your sewing machine!

  • I really like your frame bag #3. As a fellow Mukluk owner, I’d love to try one of these someday. Maybe a review on RideFatbikes.com? Let me know if we can work something out.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! What size frame do you ride? Medium by chance? Let’s do this.

      • Area45 – we’re both in luck. My Mukluk is indeed a medium. Do you have one you’d like to send over for review? Email me – brad AT ride Fatbikes Dot com. Thanks! I’d like to check out one of your bags.

        • Anonymous

          Will do Brad.

  • Elykrod

    Nice! Good work, it looks great, I’m sure you are very critical of your work, but from my eye it looks great. Think about 2″ or 1.5″ webbing and velcro. I think for this application it may be the way to go for the straps, rather than the 1″. As long as you don’t hit any frame braze ons. i like your fabric, is it stiff? your zipper style looks really clean. i use a hidden zipper on mine, its fine, but yours looks more technical. Are they the fancy waterproof zippers? The LS1 will stitch thru thin flexible plastic. so you can think about using that with your fabric if you want a solid shape.
    Also, maybe a high density foam that is very thin, for structure? No idea. They have some at the local foam place, foamorder.com near my house.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been using more of the 2″ velcro. It does look better. To protect against the braze ons I use either a cordura or length of webbing to protect the bag. Yep, the zippers are waterproof, I don’t know about fancy though.

      I did make a sling prototype and I inserted some plastic into the fabric and then sewed right through it. The LS1 didn’t flinch. The needle didn’t care for it though.

  • Brian

    Awesome design and sewing work.

  • Great work! Inspired me to make my own. First one and it came out great. Used 1000D Cordura. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.496583413699483.119171.100000434876832&type=1&l=8cbf10ba30

  • Ryan

    I realize I am kind of late on the discussion but I’ve been researching DIY framebags but I have no sewing skills. I’ve looked all over you blog, do you sell these? Custom orders? I’m not looking for anything incredibly fancy, but something for my Moonlander. These are great bags you’re making. Thanks, Ryan