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The Maker's Bag

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The Maker's Bag


U.S. high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon
bluesign® certified 525 denier High-Tenacity 2x2 Ballistic nylon
— or —
bluesign® and OEKO-TEX® certified Ultralight 400d Halcyon/420d nylon ripstop exterior
bluesign® and OEKO-TEX® certified 200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop fabric lining
Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components
#5 and #8 YKK coil zippers


Made in USA with fabric from Korea / Japan / U.S.A.
100% finished seams


Dimensions: 13.6" (w) x 10" (h) x 6.9" (d) / 345 (w) x 255 (h) x 175 (d) mm
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 15.0 oz / 425 grams
1050d Ballistic: 17.8 oz / 505 grams
Volume: 750 cubic inches / 12.5 liters
What's Included:
1x Standard Shoulder Strap, May be Upgraded to Absolute Shoulder Strap
1x 8-inch Black Webbing Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
1x Black Zipper Pulls w/ Plastic Ends (8-Pack)
1x Gatekeeper Waist Strap
Total O-rings: 5 (4 in the main compartment, 1 in the front zippered pocket)

A briefcase/messenger/field bag with loads of pockets and organization for your projects.

Making is about using basic materials to actuate our ideas. Take a pen and a notebook. In one person’s hands, the pen and paper make plans for a house. In another person’s hands, the pen and paper make a drawing of a mountain. Other hands may use the pen and notebook to write a short story, or put away the pen and turn the paper into an airplane. We are individual in what we create, and yet united by the fact that we do.

We designed the Maker’s Bag to support all of us—knitters, architects, robot makers, foragers, writers, designers, teachers, or painters—in our making.

The Maker’s Bag is a briefcase/messenger/field bag. You can wear it cross-body or on one shoulder; d-ring attachment points on the left and right side of the bag accept most shoulder straps with snaphooks. Included with the Maker’s Bag is our Standard Shoulder Strap, and you have the option of upgrading to the Absolute Shoulder Strap (recommended for heavy loads). An included removable waist strap means you can secure the Maker’s Bag to your body as you ride your motorcycle or bicycle, and a simple webbing grab handle on the back gives you a place to quickly move the bag from floor to table or vice versa.

Abundant with pockets and compartments —12 in total—the Maker’s Bag ranks as one of the bags with the most built-in organization we’ve made. You might not even use all of the pockets of the Maker’s Bag initially: that’s OK because you’ll be ready for what comes next.

Under the front flap of the Maker’s Bag is a zippered pocket that spans the width of the bag. The pocket unzips from left to right; one o-ring is thoughtfully placed to allow immediate access to whatever you’ve clipped to it (Key Strap, Organizer Pouch, Wallet) without even fully unzipping the compartment. Inside the zippered pocket are four open-top organizational pockets of equal size; these pockets fit phones, small notebooks, travel watercolor cases. The remainder of the pocket is ready for other, larger items: snacks, gloves, maps, pocket guides, small tablets.

Fold back the front flap of the Maker’s Bag and the main compartment is on display. Because we added piping to the exterior of the Maker’s Bag, the bag maintains its shape and stands up on its own so you can view the entire interior compartment easily without holding the bag open. The main compartment has four O-rings, two on the front and one on each side. The o-ring on the left side of the main compartment of the Maker’s Bag has an included 8” Key Strap.

Many of our bags have an open-top exterior back pocket; for the Maker’s Bag, we chose to forgo that pocket in exchange for an interior zippered back pocket that spans the width of the bag. This is an ideal place for a small laptop (up to 11”) or tablet (in a protective sleeve such as our Cache), pad of paper, magazine, coloring book, or folded jacket or sweater. The remainder of the main compartment is open and at the ready for larger items: a yarn project in a Travel Tray, a laptop (up to 13”) in a Cache, a jacket, lunch, or supplies of any kind.

The main compartment of the Maker’s Bag also has five smaller organizational pockets. The pockets on each side are expandable mesh and ideal for stowing a travel mug or water bottle. On the front side of the main compartment are three elastic-banded open-top pockets; a 3D Organizer Cube can fit in the center pocket and a Pen/Pencil Organizer Pouch can fit in either the left or right pocket.

Want to add even more pockets and organization to your Maker’s Bag? Consider adding the Maker’s Bag Freudian Slip. It adds five additional pockets of organization—three zippered pockets on one side and two large open top pockets on the other.

Wherever you go, whatever you do, and everything you make: we want to see it. Share your photos with #tombihn, post your photos in our Forums, or email them to us.

Choosing an Exterior Fabric

You like choices and we like to give you choices! That's why the Maker's Bag is typically available* in two different exterior fabrics. Our Materials Glossary explains each fabric in great detail, but here are some quick facts that may help you decide which to choose. And we're always here if you have questions:

400d Halcyon
Weave: plain weave with 1/4” / 6mm ripstop
Fibers: 400 denier type 6 filament nylon (base fabric); 420 denier ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene ripstop grid
Coating: light urethane
Made in: Japan

Choose this fabric if:
  • You want a lighter weight alternative to traditional nylon fabrics that has remarkable tear strength and good abrasion resistance.
  • You're looking for a fabric with a modern, "technical" appearance.
  • You have pets: 400d Halcyon doesn't collect pet hair, reducing your monthly lint roller costs.

1050d High Tenacity Ballistic Nylon
Weave: 2x2 “ballistic” weave
Fibers: 1050 denier type 6,6 (high tenacity) filament nylon
Coating: medium urethane
Made in: U.S.A.

Choose this fabric if:
  • You want a super-tough fabric – originally designed for use in bullet-proof vests.
  • The weight of your bag isn’t a huge concern (though it’s worth noting that 1050d Ballistic is still lighter than cotton canvas or leather).
  • You want a smooth surface that won’t collect pet hair or sweater fuzz, slides easily into and out of the overhead bin, and fits in whether you're traveling for work or leisure.

*There may be times when one of the exterior fabrics mentioned here isn't available. Even with our best efforts, the demand for our bags occasionally outpaces our production capabilities: at times, some products, color combinations, or fabrics might be temporarily unavailable or "In Production." See the In Production color combinations as a guide to what our factory crew is making and what will be available next.

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Design Notes

The general contours of the Maker’s Bag (with the exception of its exaggerated thickness) follow those of the Cafe Bags. To me, the Maker’s Bag was a logical extension of the Cafe Bags, but with a volume and wider base closer to that of the Swift. Its wide bottom and piping help it to stand up on its own: that way, you can access your stuff without holding it open. That thickness also means that it’s big enough that with the flap up, you can see easily into the main compartment.

I designed the Maker’s Bag to be able to fit laptops of up to 13”, and also to approximately share the dimensions of the Swift so that knitters could use the Maker’s Freudian Slip in both bags. The main compartment of the Maker’s Bag can even hold two Maker’s Freudian Slips.

In general, I use any and every open-top pocket as a pen pocket; for those who want dedicated pen slots, I created the Tool/Pen Wrap (note: the Tool/Pen Wrap design has since been retired).

When the bag is loaded up or being carried, the positioning of the shoulder strap attachment points help to keep the flap centered and closed over the bag without overly compressing that top flap—a nod to clean aesthetics and fewer wrinkles.
— Nik

Laptop Fit Guide

want help choosing the right size?

1. Measure Your Laptop

Measure your laptop (or Google its make, model, and the word “dimensions” to find its listed dimensions).
Compare its measurements with the chart to the left (swap the Height and Width when measuring for a Vertical oriented Cache).

2. Compare Those Measurements To These

Size Interior Width Interior Height Interior Thickness
08A (iPad Mini)7.76" / 197mm5.08" / 129mm0.31-0.78" / 8-20mm
10A (10.5" iPad Pro)9.76" / 248mm6.61" / 168mm0.31-0.78" / 8-20mm
10B (iPad or 9.7" iPad Pro)9.33" / 237mm6.46" / 164mm0.31-0.78" / 8-20mm
11A (11" iPad Pro)9.87" / 250mm7.25" / 184mm0.31-0.78" / 8-20mm
12A (12" Macbook)10.94" / 278mm7.51" / 191mm0.31-0.78" / 8-20mm
12B (2018 12.9" iPad Pro)11.75" / 298mm9.13" / 231mm0.31-0.78" / 8-20mm
13A (13" Macbook Air)12.87" / 327mm8.74" / 222mm0.39-1.00" / 10-25mm
13B (Some 13" PCs)12.56" / 319mm8.03" / 204mm0.39-1.00" / 10-25mm
13C (pre-2017 13" Macbook Pro)12.24" / 311mm8.90" / 226mm0.39-1.00" / 10-25mm
13D (13" Macbook Pro Touchbar or 13” Air Retina)11.97" / 304mm8.11" / 206mm0.39-1.00" / 10-25mm
13E (11" Macbook Air)11.89" / 302mm7.44" / 189mm0.39-1.00" / 10-25mm

Build your own organization

your bag already has great built-in organization. that said, you may want to add these optional organizational accessories to further organize and protect what you carry.

visible variant TB03310A TB03310B TB03311A TB03312A TB03313A TB03313B TB03313C TB03313D TB03313E TB03315A TB03315B TB03315C TB03315D TB03317B


The Cache is a protective laptop or tablet sleeve that's available in many sizes to fit a wide variety of devices.

visible variant TB1833-BJ

Freudian Slip

It adds five additional pockets of organization to the Maker's Bag — three zippered pockets on one side and two large open top pockets on the other.

visible variant TB0555

Shoulder Straps

The Standard Shoulder Strap has a .25" / 6 mm texturized rubber pad, making it a good choice for those looking for some comfort but not needing the over-the-top comfort of the Absolute Strap. The Absolute Shoulder Strap has a unique, patented, internal control-stretch system, making it the ideal shoulder strap for those who carry hefty loads or simply want the most comfortable strap available.

Lifetime Guarantee

You can expect your TOM BIHN bag to give you years of hard service. Our bags are guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the bag. That means if something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it at no charge.

Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and are most often evident while your bag is still new. Keep in mind that daypacks and briefcases are often subject to serious wear in everyday use. We often see TOM BIHN bags that are still solid and in use after five, ten, fifteen, even twenty or twenty-five years, with minor repairs needed here or there. But remember: only true love lasts forever.

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