The Maker's Bag in Aubergine (dark purple) Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Aubergine (dark purple) Ballistic with Tidal (faded blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Aubergine (dark purple) Ballistic with a Sakura (pale pink with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with a Coyote (brown with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Aubergine (dark purple) Ballistic with Dusk (blue-grey) Cerylon interior. The Maker's Bag in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic with Moss (green) Cerylon interior. The Maker's Bag in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Acai (dark purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with a Coyote (brown with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with a Tidal (faded blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with a Seafoam (faded green with white grid) Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with a Solaris (yellow with white grid) Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Taiga (olive green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. The Maker's Bag in Taiga (olive green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Night Walk The Maker's Bag in Night Walk with a Moab Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon. The Maker's Bag in Original Halcyon with an Acai Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Original Halcyon with an Island Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Black 630 Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Black Ballistic with a Cerise Halcyon lining. The Maker's Bag in Black 525 Ballistic with a Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Black Ballistic with a Wisteria Halcyon lining. The Maker's Bag in Black Ballistic with a Zest Halcyon lining. The Maker's Bag in Black 525 Ballistic with a Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Black Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Black 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Burnt Orange 630 Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Nebulous Grey (grey) Ballistic with Marigold (yellow) Cerylon interior. The Maker's Bag in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) Ballistic with a Acai (dark purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey )525 Ballistic with a Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) Ballistic with a Moab (brick red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey )525 Ballistic with an Northwest Sky (grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey )525 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey )525 Ballistic with a Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey )Ballistic with a Sakura (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Ursa (brown-grey) 630 Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Ursa (grey-brown) Ballistic with Seafoam (faded green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Ursa (brown-grey) Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with a Taiga (olive green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Ursa (brown-grey) Ballistic with a Wisteria (pale purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Ursa (brown-grey) Ballistic with a Zest (orange with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Wilderness (forest green) 630 Ballistic. Maker's Bag in Wilderness Ballistic in Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon. The Maker's Bag in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Coyote (brown) Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Coyote (brown) 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Mars Red (brick red) Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Mars Red (brick red) Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Text: new color / photo coming soon; Image: An illustration of a pair of shears on a length of fabric
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Color: Black Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon

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A messenger bag designed for the makers, the creators.

13 liters / 750 cu. in.


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TLDR

A messenger bag with lots of built-in organization, designed with makers, artists, and creators in mind. Just like the Café Bags, the Maker's Bag is stylized with a distinctive asymmetrical flap.

  • Main compartment with 5 elastic-banded open-top pockets, 4 O-rings, and 1 interior zippered back pocket
  • Front zippered pocket under the front flap with 4 open-top organizational pockets in the interior, plus 1 O-ring
  • Quick-access exterior slip pocket on the back side of the bag

Want to add even more organization? Consider checking out the Maker's Bag Freudian Slip.

Full Description

The general contours of the Maker's Bag (with the exception of its exaggerated thickness) follow those of the Café Bags. To us, the Maker's Bag was a logical extension of the Café 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.

Main Compartment

Under the asymmetrical flap is an open-top main compartment. The front interior wall and interior ends of the main compartment have five sewn-on organizational pockets. The three pockets on the front interior wall are made with elastic-banded open-top halcyon or Cerylon fabric. A Clear 3D Organizer Cube can fit in the center pocket of three, and a pen/pencil case can fit in either the left or right pocket. The remaining two pockets, one on each interior end, are made with a stretchy mesh fabric. These two pockets are ideal for stowing a travel mug or water bottle. The remainder of the main compartment can store the Travel Tray, a laptop (up to 13") in a Cache, a Maker's Bag Freudian Slip, a jacket, lunch, or supplies of any kind. 

The main compartment has four O-rings, two on the front and one on each end. The O-ring on the left side of the main compartment of the Maker's Bag has an included 8" Key Strap. The O-rings are here for you when you want to tether on additional organizer pouches, Cubelets, or 3D Cubes.

On the back interior wall of the main compartment is a zippered pocket that spans the width of the Maker's Bag. This pocket is an ideal place for a small laptop (up to 11") or tablet, magazine, or folded jacket or sweater.

Zippered Pocket Under Front Flap

On the exterior front side of the main compartment is a zippered pocket that spans the width of the Maker's Bag. The pocket unzips from left to right. One O-ring is thoughtfully placed to allow immediate access to a Key Strap, Organizer Pouch, and/or wallet without even fully unzipping the compartment. 

Inside the zippered pocket are four open-top organizational pockets of equal size, perfect for storing your phone, small notebook, and glasses/sunglasses case. The remainder of the pocket has room for an e-reader, book, snacks, gloves, and other larger items. 

Slanted Slip Pocket in the Back

On the back exterior side, right behind the grab handle is a slanted slip pocket that covers the entire width of the bag. This pocket is designed to store quick-access items.

What's Included

Standard Shoulder Strap

1.5" / 38 mm nylon webbing strap, includes .25" / 6mm texturized rubber pad and heavy-duty plastic snaphooks.

8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap

As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls

A set of pulls to extend, quiet, or replace your metal pulls.

Gatekeeper Hip Belt

Attach this to the unobtrusive webbing loops on the sides of the Side Hustle if you want to wear this as a sling bag or waist pac

What's Optional

Freudian Slip

The Maker's Bag Freudian Slip adds five additional pockets of organization — three zippered pockets on one side and two large open top pockets on the other. Believe it or not, the Maker's Bag can fit two Freudian Slips!

Cache

The Maker's Bag can generally fit up to a 13" laptop (we encourage you to double check your laptops' dimensions before purchasing). We have various sizes of our Cache for 13" laptops.

Under the asymmetrical flap is an open-top main compartment. The front interior wall and interior ends of the main compartment have five sewn-on organizational pockets. The three pockets on the front interior wall are made with elastic-banded open-top halcyon or Cerylon fabric. A Clear 3D Organizer Cube can fit in the center pocket of three, and a pen/pencil case can fit in either the left or right pocket. The remaining two pockets, one on each interior end, are made with a stretchy mesh fabric. These two pockets are ideal for stowing a travel mug or water bottle. The remainder of the main compartment can store the Travel Tray, a laptop (up to 13") in a Cache, a Maker's Bag Freudian Slip, a jacket, lunch, or supplies of any kind. 

The main compartment has four O-rings, two on the front and one on each end. The O-ring on the left side of the main compartment of the Maker's Bag has an included 8" Key Strap. The O-rings are here for you when you want to tether on additional organizer pouches, Cubelets, or 3D Cubes.

On the back interior wall of the main compartment is a zippered pocket that spans the width of the Maker's Bag. This pocket is an ideal place for a small laptop (up to 11") or tablet, magazine, or folded jacket or sweater.

On the exterior front side of the main compartment is a zippered pocket that spans the width of the Maker's Bag. The pocket unzips from left to right. One O-ring is thoughtfully placed to allow immediate access to a Key Strap, Organizer Pouch, and/or wallet without even fully unzipping the compartment. 

Inside the zippered pocket are four open-top organizational pockets of equal size, perfect for storing your phone, small notebook, and glasses/sunglasses case. The remainder of the pocket has room for an e-reader, book, snacks, gloves, and other larger items. 

On the back exterior side, right behind the grab handle is a slanted slip pocket that covers the entire width of the bag. This pocket is designed to store quick-access items.

Standard Shoulder Strap

1.5" / 38 mm nylon webbing strap, includes .25" / 6mm texturized rubber pad and heavy-duty plastic snaphooks.

8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap

As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls

A set of pulls to extend, quiet, or replace your metal pulls.

Gatekeeper Hip Belt

Attach this to the unobtrusive webbing loops on the sides of the Side Hustle if you want to wear this as a sling bag or waist pac

Freudian Slip

The Maker's Bag Freudian Slip adds five additional pockets of organization — three zippered pockets on one side and two large open top pockets on the other. Believe it or not, the Maker's Bag can fit two Freudian Slips!

Cache

The Maker's Bag can generally fit up to a 13" laptop (we encourage you to double check your laptops' dimensions before purchasing). We have various sizes of our Cache for 13" laptops.

Materials

Specs

Dimensions

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

Weight

630d 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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Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 215 reviews
91%would recommend this product
215 reviews
  • Mariluz V.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size, Versatile, Easily Adjustable
    6 days ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size, Versatile, Easily Adjustable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great for island life

    I live on a small island near San Juan Island and so am in and out of a boat most days and walk most places. I needed a bag that would work well for meetings (ie look nice) but be easy to carry and access. It also needs to be relatively waterproof. I had been using a back pack, but it is not easily accessible or easy to whip on/off when getting in/out of the boat. The Maker’s Bag meets all my needs for island life. As a bonus, I recently traveled to Maryland and took the bag as my carry on. It is marvelous on the plane! I love that it has two beverage container spaces. It fits well in the under seat space and accommodated many items: iPad, charger items, book, knitting, pens, wallet, etc. I found that when it is loaded up and on my body, the sides don’t gap and so water doesn’t get in.

  • Karen H.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Comfortable, Versatile
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Comfortable, Versatile
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Love my Maker’s Bag!

    After looking at bags for almost a year to replace an over 10 year old messenger bag, I settled on the Maker’s Bag. Absolutely the right choice! The organizational features are excellent; no more digging to find pens, glasses, earbuds and the other bits and pieces I need, they are all in pockets and different compartments. The bag is big enough for my 14” laptop, notebooks, water bottle—I love the internal bottle pockets—bits and pieces, charging cords, and a light jacket or sweater. This is all accomplished within a streamlined bag that is comfortable to carry and light.

    The color is great, not too purple, just enough to add zest to my day. The lighter interior makes for easy visibility in the bag. It is well constructed, quality fabric, swivel connections on the straps, and easily adjustable. Perfect!

  • Stephen S.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Unique, Comfortable
    2 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Unique, Comfortable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Maker's Bag

    This bag is perfect for my needs. The size and quality of the bag exceeded my expectations. I always wanted one that I can get in and out of quickly. I love the fact that there is no zipper to open the main compartment of the bag. Unclapse the buckle and "boom" you are in. I also got the vertical packing cubelet in zest color. I use that for my external drives, mouse and cables. I love the orange color. It's easy to see and find. The picture attached is the exact bag and cubelet I purchased. I may have to get a second cubelet for other things.

  • Rae
    Verified Reviewer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Versatile, Durable
    2 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Versatile, Durable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    The Side Hustle's best friend and a great bicycle basket bag

    I love how versatile the Maker's Bag is in general but I especially love using it with my Side Hustle sling which fits right inside for a bit of extra organization (even though the Maker's Bag has many many pockets of its own). A bag within a bag! Add a few organizer pouches and you'll have bags within a bag within a bag (and possibly within another bag). There's literally a pocket for everything.

    Keep your essentials inside the Side Hustle and when you get to your destination just remove it from the Maker's Bag. I use the larger pockets of the Maker's bag for snacks, a water bottle or two, or just about anything too large for the Side Hustle.

    I also love using the Maker's Bag as a basket bag for my bicycle (with the Side Hustle inside of course). I use it with the Wald 137 basket. The Maker's Bag hip belt webbing loops can be used with S-biners to clip onto the basket for extra stability. Bonus: the back slip pocket can fit a U-lock.

  • Heather P.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Good Storage Size
    3 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Good Storage Size
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Slick and comfortable

    I was a diehard backpack girl for work. My synik 30 is my everyday buddy. I thought maybe I would take a chance on the Maker and was not disappointed. I can put my work laptop, organisation pouches and bits and pieces either hooked or in the built in gussets. The shoulder strap is solid and very comfortable both on single side or cross body.

    I haven’t given up my synik…but we have added in a buddy for the ride.

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