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The Maker's Bag

$150.00

A briefcase/messenger bag designed for the makers, the creators.

13 liters / 750 cu. in.

Black Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
Coyote Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Taiga 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Original 400 Halcyon/Island 200 Halcyon
Aubergine Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
Black Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Burnt Orange Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Nebulous Grey Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
Nebulous Grey Ballistic/Moab 200 Halcyon
Ursa Ballistic/Taiga 200 Halcyon
Wilderness Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Night Walk 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon

Description

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 StrapOrganizer PouchWallet) 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.

The interior back pocket 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.

Materials

Specs

Dimensions

13.6" (w) x 10" (h) x 6.9" (d) / 345 (w) x 255 (h) x 175 (d) mm

Weight

400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 15.0 oz / 425 grams
525d Ballistic: 1 lb 2.6 oz / 530 grams

Volume

13 liters / 750 cu. in. (ASTM Standard Measure)

Total O-Rings

5 (4 in the main compartment, 1 in the front zippered pocket)

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Sewn in Seattle

Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?

Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.

THE BIHN Guarantee

Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business since 1972 and we stand behind what we make.

If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.

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  • Susan S.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Comfortable, Unique, High Quality Finishings
    3 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Comfortable, Unique, High Quality Finishings
    Rated 5 stars
    nice art and knitting bag

    This bag is well suited for carrying art supplies and knitting materials, even both if you limit your supplies. The one thing I worry about is things falling out of the sides, like when I'm moving around, or if I should bump it over. Wish it had a top zip

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  • Emily S.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Good Storage Size, Versatile, High Quality Craftsmanship
    2 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Good Storage Size, Versatile, High Quality Craftsmanship
    Rated 5 stars
    Useful, roomy, and convenient

    I’ve got it sitting at my feet right now, on a long road trip. I’m planning to use this for my work bag. I’m a teacher, and my papers will fit in there with my laptop. I’m planning to buy the Freudian slip too.

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  • Cheryl C.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size
    Rated 5 stars
    Excellent bag

    Beautifully made bag that will make an ideal personal item when traveling. Smart design that is flexible and sturdy. I am a new Tom Bihn buyer, and I have several items now. Can’t wait to begin traveling with this bag.

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  • Dawn T.
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    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Finishings, Versatile, Durable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Finishings, Versatile, Durable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design
    Rated 5 stars
    Love this bag

    Still holding out for large cafe, but until then, this maker's bag has it all. Only thing I'd add is a zipper closure. But it's beautiful, sturdy, and thoughtfully designed. Beautiful bag that I will use for many years to come.

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  • Chuck
    2 years ago
    Rated 5 stars
    Perfect Flexible Messenger

    I've daily carried a halcyon Maker's Bag to work for about 4 years now. There are zero signs of wear or discoloration. I don't abuse bags, but I don't baby them either. Most of the time, I carry a 13" MacBook Pro, sunglasses in case, a couple notebooks, small pouches with pens, a water bottle, 1-2 books (for work), other small pouches and loose odds and ends. I'd say this is an ideal laptop bag for people who always carry more than typical laptop bags handle. Plus, I've also repurposed it for an overnight bag and it worked fine. In halcyon it is still very waterproof with no upkeep so far. I haven't had issue with water getting in the top opening, even in heavy rain. The abundance of pockets let you organize without a bunch of small pouches, or let you keep your modular pouches in "their place" in the bag. If this bag fits your use-style, I cannot recommend it enough! For my type load out, I highly recommend the absolute strap for comfort.

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