November 20, 2019
|Skill Level||Estimated Time|
|Beginner||45 – 60 minutes|
Materials and Tools
- Front Panel 22″ x 16 1/2″
- Back Panel 14″ x 16″
Instructions for a light weight mesh pocket, able to be used on its own or as an outside pocket on a pack.
Note: Avoid backtacking on single layer mesh.
Cut 1/2″ grosgrain into four 2″ pieces.
Cut shock cord into one 16″ length and four 36″ lengths.
Iron 1 1/2″ grosgrain in half to create a bias tape .
Cut mesh panels, notch bottom of front panel in center and two notches 4″ on either side of center notch. See photos.
Double fold hem (½” for each fold) on top edge of front panel. (top edge is opposite from side with pattern notches) Leave a gap in the topstitching inset from both sides. This creates an opening for the shock cord drawstring.
Baste a tuck on the bottom side of the front panel, matching 2 outside notches. When folding panel in half to baste tuck, shock cord casing should be on the outside.
Lay front panel flat, facing upwards. Flatten the tuck. Use pins to center the tuck, matching all three pattern notches. Sew with a basting stitch and a narrow seam allowance. This seam will later be covered with the grosgrain binding.
Bind top of back panel with the 1 1/2″ grosgrain binding tape, trim grosgrain ends to be even with mesh.
Baste front panel to back panel, making sure shock cord casing and basted tuck is facing outwards.
Bind sides with 1 1/2″ grosgrain, then bottom. Trim ends.
Pull out basting stitch from bottom center tuck.
Sew a reinforcement seam on two bottom corners, ½” inset from corner.
Thread flat edge opening of attachable cord lock with 2” x ½” grosgrain. Bar tack tab near the cord lock to create a tab. Repeat for remaining three tabs. Trim and fuse (with flame) all grosgrain raw ends.
Attach cord lock tab to each corner. Make 4-5 passes on grosgrain tab for bar tack. Sew 2 bar tacks for each tab. Top cord locks point outwards, bottom cord locks point upwards.
Take both ends and thread through an attachable cord lock on a corner of the pack back.
Finish off the ends by capping them with a hook cord end.
Repeat steps 14-18 for remaining 3 corners.