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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 Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with a Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic 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 Coyote (brown 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 Black 525 Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Black 525 Ballistic with a Coyote (golden brown) 210 Ballistic interior. The Maker's Bag in Black 525 Ballistic with a Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. The Maker's Bag in Black 525 Ballistic with an Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. 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 Black 525 Ballistic with a Solaris (yellow with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with a Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. 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 Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with a Dawn (blue-grey) 210 Ballistic interior. The Maker's Bag in Nebulous Grey (Medium grey) 525 Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with a Island (bright blue) 210 Ballistic interior. The Maker's Bag in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with a Viridian (blue-green) 210 Ballistic interior. 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The Maker's Bag in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic with a Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. The Maker's Bag in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic. The Maker's Bag in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with a Dawn (blue-grey) 210 Ballistic interior. The Maker's Bag in Wilderness (forest green) 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 Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with a Coyote (golden brown) 210 Ballistic interior. The Maker's Bag in Coyote (brown) 525 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 Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Maker's Bag in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. 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The Maker's Bag

$140.00

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

12.5 liters (750 cu. in.)

Black 400 Halcyon/Island 200 Halcyon
Black 400 Halcyon/Island 200 Halcyon
Taiga 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Taiga 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Ursa 525 Ballistic/Dawn 210 Ballistic
Ursa 525 Ballistic/Dawn 210 Ballistic
Constellation 525 Ballistic/Cloud 210 Ballistic
Constellation 525 Ballistic/Cloud 210 Ballistic
Nebulous Grey 525 Ballistic/Island 210 Ballistic
Nebulous Grey 525 Ballistic/Island 210 Ballistic
Nebulous Grey 525 Ballistic/Viridian 210 Ballistic
Nebulous Grey 525 Ballistic/Viridian 210 Ballistic
Deep Blue 525 Ballistic/Dawn 210 Ballistic
Deep Blue 525 Ballistic/Dawn 210 Ballistic
Black 525 Ballistic/Coyote 210 Ballistic
Black 525 Ballistic/Coyote 210 Ballistic
Black 525 Ballistic/Cloud 210 Ballistic
Black 525 Ballistic/Cloud 210 Ballistic
An overhead shot of the interior of The Maker's Bag. An overhead shot of the interior of The Maker's Bag. A Maker's Bag filled with a Maker's Bag Freudian Slip and notepad. A Maker's Bag filled with knitting and tools. A person carrying a portable easel with a Maker's Bag slung cross-body. A person carrying a portable easel with a Maker's Bag slung cross-body. A Maker's Bag on a table with its contents arranged on the table.  A close shot of the interior of the Maker's Bag, packed with a water bottle, painting tools, and a notebook. A Maker's Bag holding art supplies including a water color pallet. A full Maker's Bag free-standing on the ground with a Yarn Stuff Sack next to it. A person removing a tablet from their Maker's Bag. A close shot on the front zippered pocket. A person pulling a pair of shears out of their Maker's Bag. A Maker's Bag on a table surrounded by breadboarding electronics.. A person walking up some stairs with a Maker's Bag. A person descending a set of stairs while carrying the Maker's Bag. A person kniggin with tier Maker's Bag on the table next to their Yarn Stuff Sack and notes. A Maker's Bag surrounded by knitting and accessories. A Maker's Bag holding knitting and knititng supplies. A person pulling a cable from thier Maker's Bag. A person pulling a set of cable knitting needles from their Maker's Bag. A person removing a cable knitting needles from the front pocket of a Maker's Bag. A pair of large, wooden knitting needles being carried in the Maker's Bag.. A pair of large knitting needles and a knitting project stored in a Maker's Bag. A person knitting in front of their Maker's Bag.

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.

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.

Materials

Specs

Sewn in USA with globally sourced materials 100% finished seams

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
1050d Ballistic: 1 lb 5.0 oz / 595 grams
525d Ballistic: 1 lb 2.6 oz / 530 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)

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 for over 30 years 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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Reviewed by Rob E.
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Rated 2 out of 5

Flap is too small to protect contents from elements

Unfortunately I trusted the design acumen of Tom Bihn. Unfortunately the major design flaw in this bag can only be observed by using it, which voids the return possibility. I have owned crossbody bags by Danish Schoolbag, Tumi, Brady, Filson, Timbuktu, and Patagonia. Never before has the flap failed to cover and protect the contents as the bag was normally carried. The Maker's Bag--and this in Seattle!--leaves a wide gap at either end of the flap. And this bag was described as potentially a field bag; it rains in the field, guys. if I could return this I could. But I guess it's headed to eBay and I'm headed back to my old Patagonia Half Mass. Photos of flaps of both attached. How can this flaw have persisted through years of the bag's production? The photos do not equivocate.

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Hi Rob! First up, we're sorry that The Maker's Bag isn't working for you, and we'll be reaching out to you via email soon.

You're not the first person to be concerned about the flap! We remembered answering this question a few years ago, so we searched for our answer from back in 2015. That response is below. Some good news is that, since then, we haven't personally experienced issues with rain getting in the bag when we're carrying it, and we haven't heard from folks who've experienced that either. We totally get why the concern exists, even if in use it hasn't yet been an issue.

Here's the scoop on why the design is the way it is:

The Maker's Bag is designed to be a bit open on either side when it's set down on the ground/on a table/surface or otherwise not carried so that its pockets (especially the water bottle pockets) are more accessible. When carried, the tension of the shoulder strap pulls those gaps closed.

Rain access was a consideration, but we figured it would be unlikely that someone would be stopping and setting the bag down in the rain (or if they were, it would be in order to access the main compartment and at that point rain might be getting in anyway).

We've had some good rain testing opportunities here in Seattle as of late with our Maker's Bag (sigh) and haven't personally experienced it to be an issue/our stuff hasn't gotten wet.

With the hope to preemptively address any concern because of the appearance of the gaps when the bag isn’t carried, we did consider various possible design solutions — however, all of these solutions would change how uniquely accessible and wide open the main compartment and its the pockets are, which is one of the design features folks love best about this bag. So, we decided to not mess to much with a good thing, and kept the design the way it is.

Hope this helps a bit, and be on the lookout for an email from us!

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Reviewed by Ross H.
Rated 3 out of 5

Bag is nice but could use some modifying...

This bag is attractive, very well made, a good size and there are a lot of pockets. There needs to be a zipper or snaps or the top of the bag needs to be a lot more rigid to hold it's shape to keep things from falling out of the bag. The bag is extremely floppy (even when 1/2 full) and my metal water bottle (that I keep in the interior bottle holder pocket) is constantly falling out of the bag. I also wish that some of the interior pockets were bigger -sometimes things fall to the bottom of the pocket and I can't get my hand all the way in the pocket and because of that I find that I really don't use the smaller pockets.

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Reviewed by Chuck
Rated 5 out of 5

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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Reviewed by Lori
Rated 5 out of 5

Perfect Bag

I have been looking for the perfect bag far and wide for the last 3 to 4 years. The reason I would need this bag is I have been going to San Diego Comic-Con since 2012 and I would need this bag when I'm there. The current bag I had worked okay but I wanted something much better. And by some miracle I found it. I don't remember how I stumbled onto your website but as soon as I saw the Maker's bag and looked at a few videos for it I WAS IN LOVE! I had researched and found excellent reviews of not only the Maker's Bag but other bags as well and for what I need the bag for it is absolute and utter perfection. Thank you so much for finally giving me the bag of my dreams. You have a customer in me for life and I will be recommending your bags to everyone!!

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Reviewed by LJ W.
Rated 5 out of 5

An incredible everyday bag

I've owned my Maker's Bag for five years. For 3 years, this was the only bag I used. Now, because of a bum shoulder, it takes turns with my Synapse 25. If you, like me, were plagued by messenger bags whose straps and bottoms always frayed, broke, or eventually fell apart, this is the bag that will finally stick with you to the end. The clips that attach the strap are super durable, and the padding on the strap itself is incredibly comfortable, even when the bag is full to capacity. It is the most stylish messenger bag I've ever owned. I love how much it holds, and the buckle closes with a satisfying SNAP! every time. What I love the most, however, and still makes me sing this bag's praises up and down, were the POCKETS. So many pockets! They kept all my small items and essentials right at hand. The slanted shape of the bag's flap means you can reach in and take out your keys or phone without opening the entire bag and digging through. (This might make it less ideal for travel, however, if you go to places where pick-pocketing is prevalent.) The large zipper pocket on the inside is large enough to hold a small laptop (13" with no case) or tablet, and will seal them off, providing some peace-of-mind about them getting stolen.

An ideal everyday carry bag for those who love lots of in-built organization while not sacrificing on style.

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