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.

Then sewing it closed the other end at approx 45 degree angle.

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).

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.

A little bit more recycling instead of cutting up Para cord I used an old boot lace and the bag is complete.
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.

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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