Junk Trunk

November 18, 2019

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Project Overview

Skill Level Estimated Time
Advanced 3-4 hours

Materials and Tools

Materials Needed: Tools Needed:
1/2 yard liteskin Sewing Machine
10″ x 10 ” mesh Scissors
3 zipper pulls Ruler/Tape Measure
21″ waterproof zipper Marker or Chalk
10″ zipper  
2 Beam pullers  
1 mitten hook  
6 3/4″ x 1/2″ grosgrain  
Thread of your choice  

Pattern Components

  • Top and Bottom
  • Side wall
  • Back wall

Instructions for a “catch all” to organize all your odds and ends that never have a specific place in your pack. Features include: a mesh pocket for smaller items, a small hanging loop, a small key ring hook, and a large hip belt loop.

Step 1:
Cut all pattern pieces from mesh and liteskin, following directions from each pattern piece.

Pattern Piece Measurements:

  • Top and Bottom 7″ x 5″
  • Back Wall 2″ x 4″
  • Side Wall 17″ x 1 1/2″
  • Hip Belt 5″ x 4 5/8″

Step 2: 
Cut 1/2″ grosgrain into 2 pieces measuring 2 1/2″ and 4 1/4″ .

Step 3:
Thread easy mitten hook with the 2 ½” grosgrain, fuse ends together with flame.

Step 4:
Twist 4 ¼” grosgrain tab once to make loop stand open, fuse ends with flame.

Step 5:
Hem hip belt sides (long edge) with a narrow seam.

Step 6:
Baste hip belt to bottom panel, using narrow seam allowance.

Step 7:
Bar tack 4 ¼” loop to bottom panel, on the right side .

Step 8:
Bar tack easy mitten hook tab to center wrong side end of bottom panel.

Step 9:
Mark and split mesh, sew half of zipper to half of mesh, right sides together. Turn right side up, topstitch with a narrow hem.

Step 10:
Repeat for second half of mesh.

Step 11:
Zip both halves of the mesh together

Step 11:
Center mesh zippered piece to top panel (lid), baste with a topstitch and narrow seam allowance.

Step 12:
Trim edges.

Step 13:
Put 2 zipper pulls to waterproof zipper.

Step 14:
Sew zipper to sidewall, right sides together, turn right side out and top stitch.

Step 15:
Sew back wall and side wall ends together with ¼” seam, (be precise for this step) repeat for opposite ends. Topstitch.              

Step 16:
Sew sidewall to bottom panel.  

Step 17:
Repeat to attach lid to main body.

Step 18:
*Optional*. Topstitching the top lid will make opening the junk trunk easier and add cosmetic value.

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