Thru-Hiker: Gear and Resources for Long Distance Hikers
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French Seams

Knee Articulation

Hood Pattern

Installing Wrist Elastic

Down Underquilt

Mitten Pattern

Using Continuous Zipper

Titanium Solid Fuel Tablet Stove

Lightweight Backpack

Manual Buttonhole

Basic Seams for Homemade Gear Projects

How to load thread into the bobbin

How to Check and Adjust Thread Tension

Mesh Stuff Sack

Folding Wood Burning Pack Stove

0.5 oz V8 Stove

Cat Stove

Down Quilt

Make Your Own Silnylon Stuffsacks

Henry's Tarptent & Tarptent-for-2

Recycled Mesh Stuffsack

wpe1.jpg (11776 bytes) Materials:  mesh onion sack from supermarket, cord-lock, cord.  Tools: scissors or a knife (not shown).
wpe7.jpg (3519 bytes) Step 1:  Tie an overhand knot in the bottom of the bag just above the metal clasp.  Cinch this knot as tight as you can.
wpe9.jpg (6594 bytes) Step 2:  Cut the metal clasp off.  I tried just using the clasp to hold the bottom together, but found that in time the mesh pulls out.  A knot works better.
wpeB.jpg (9914 bytes) Step 3:  Trim the top to make an even, straight edge.
wpeF.jpg (10127 bytes) Step 4:  Roll the top so that three layers overlap, then thread the cord through the holes.  The three-fold overlap helps to strengthen the holes.
wpe11.jpg (5798 bytes) Step 5:  Finish threading the cord so that the two ends are close to each other.  
wpe13.jpg (8935 bytes) Step 6:  Add the cord-lock, tie the ends, and you're done.  Easy, eh?


Thru-Hiker tested weight: 0.3 oz

Volume: varies. The one in this procedure had a volume of about 300 mL.

Material: mesh onion sack from supermarket, cord, cord-lock. You can easily remove one of the many extraneous cord locks with which gear manufacturers like to pepper their gear.

Lifespan: Undetermined. I've been using one of these for over 6,000 miles.
About this project
I think it's a good thing to reuse materials that would otherwise find their way into the landfill. The mesh develops holes eventually, but these are easily tied up with some thread. These simple stuffsacks can last for years and years. Check out 5 lb orangs sacks for larger size mesh.