Wednesday, 27 March 2013

D.I.Y Millbank bag

A sad day when you realise your favourite pair of cargo pants are no longer fit to wear, I decided however they should not go to waste as I’d had a project in mind for a while just not the material to hand.
Cutting off both legs around the knee I put one inside the other and ironed them flat, once this was done I sewed the 2 legs together all the way around what would become the open end of my DIY millbank bag.
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Then sewing it closed the other end at approx 45 degree angle.
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Remove the excess, but leaving a little to act as extra wicking material and incase of repairs then turn inside out (or right side out).
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I wasn’t sure how I was going to hang this up, I thought about just punching 2 holes through the material and a hanging line or hook but that would leave the material in danger of ripping/tearing. I raided the hobby/craft box and came up with this.
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A little bit more recycling instead of cutting up Para cord I used an old boot lace and the bag is complete.
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I boil washed the bag at this point (no detergent) they were already clean but I wanted to see if it would shrink a little maybe tighten up the weave just a touch, I’m not sure if it worked or not tbh but it certainly didn’t hurt.

Almost complete it still needed testing, I held no illusions this would work like a store bought bag if nothing else it should at least filter out the bigger pieces of debris from a water source. The theory is sound many an outdoorsman is a proponent of carrying a bandana and it’s possible use as a water filter.
Today despite the incoming snow (again) I set off with the boys to our favourite local spot to see how my bag faired.
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The water although a little duller than usual was still quite clear, throwing a snowball out into the lake for Loki to try and retrieve soon fixed my dilemma.
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Filling up the bag I let the water run for a few seconds to clear any debris that may have attached to the outside of the bag as the mud was all stirred up.
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And run it did pretty much as expected, it didn’t drip as would a store bought bag but it didn’t pour through either just a gentle dribble and guess what?
It worked better than I dared hope, clear water not even a hint of dirt or sand ready for treating either chemical/boiling or both.
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What’s the point when you can pickup a proper millbank bag for between £5 - £10? Because I can and by doing so I’ve saved £5 - £10 towards something else Winking smile

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