Onbag from a shortie wrap instructions

March 24, 2009 at 2:42 pm 2 comments

I promised a few people that I would write up how I made my recent Onbag Baby from a 2.5m wrap. I hope you find this useful!

The official instructions for making an Onbag of your own can be found here.

Materials used:

2.5m Hoppediz Florenz
1m (1.4m wide) Pale Green Taffeta

a: I cut the following pieces from the wrap:

  1. Front (30 x 30cm with rounded bottom)
  2. Back and Flap (65 x 30 cm with rounded top and bottom)
  3. Straps (all 20cm wide, 2 long pieces and 1 piece of 40cm)
  4. Inside Pockets (just scraps – I didn’t measure)
  5. Side Pockets (15 x 25cm)


I also cut matching pieces from the lining for 1,2, and 3.

b: I prepared the pieces for the front and back as follows:

(All hems are rolled)

  1. Hem all around the side pockets.
  2. Hem the top of the inside pockets.
  3. Sew the inside pockets to the lining.
  4. Tack the lining to the Front and Back/Flap pieces.
  5. Hem the top of the Front.
  6. Hem the bottom and sides of the Flap.


c: I pieced together and lined the straps, then added side loops.

  1. Pin the strap pieces right sides together so that you have the short piece in the middle, and the long pieces on the outside.
  2. To make the seams, do one line of running stitch, then reinforce behind it with zigzags. I did a close zigzag right at the edge of each seam as well to help prevent fraying. (If I had an overlocker, I would have used that instead).onbag3
  3. Iron the seams flat.
  4. Piece together the strap lining pieces in the same way.
  5. Tack the lining to the straps.
  6. Find some scraps that are approx 30 x 10 cm. These will be the side loops (for if you want to convert the bag to a rucksack) Fold the long edges into the middle, then fold again and sew together.
  7. Fold the strap in half to find the mid point. Lay the back of the bag down over the middle and line the side loops up at the edges. (haha – the proper Onbag instructions explain that bit much better than me!! 🙂 )
  8. Attach the side loops to the straps using xboxes. Make sure you leave lots of room at the edges of the straps so that you don’t struggle to do your rolled hem later!!onbag4
  9. Attach the side pockets to the straps.onbag5

d: I put the bag together…

  1. Simple… hem the long strap, and attach it to the front or back with the same rolled hem. It takes quite some time to pin it, and should be sewn slowly because there are quite a lot of layers to go through.
  2. Reinforce the stitching where the back becomes the flap – this is quite a stress point.
  3. I added a button to the front of the bag (because I didn’t use velcro).

e: I sat back and admired my handywork!


Some thoughts….

Because the strap is pieced together, I probably wouldn’t do this for a full sized onbag classic. You naturally don’t carry so much in a smaller bag, so I feel it will stand up to the job.

I am not a fan of velcro, so I didn’t use it on mine. I used a pretty antique looking button instead.

I didn’t add the inside elastic either, purely because I have never used it on my other onbag. However, when I get time I am going to use a small scrap to add a little loop inside for my slingview mirror to attach to.

I made the straps a little wider than standard. It makes the bag a tiny bit deeper, and also lets the strap spread over your shoulder and back more.

Oh, and I have used it just about every day since making it – I’m pleased to bits with it, and can’t wait to make another some time! 🙂


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. miranda  |  September 10, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you for this!!! I am really wanting to make one of these to go along with my baby carriers but found the instructions on the site way too confusing!!!

    If you wouldn’t mind emailing me in case I have some questions, I would greatly appreciate it 😀


  • 2. mumshomemadelove  |  January 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for these instructions, I’ll be giving them ago as soon as my pink wrap from FSOT comes through.

    …luv D.


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