DIY: Messenger Bag Handle

DIY: Messenger Bag Handle
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Being an EDC (everyday carry) kind of guy, especially one that’s a fan of MacGyver and 24, it should be no surprise that I normally carry a messenger bag.  I know its not the coolest thing in the world for a guy to carry a purse, even if it has such nifty names as Jack Pack or Bauer Bag.  My lovely bride calls it my murse a lovely portmanteau of Man-Purse.

This post shows how I used paracord to create a simple Messenger Bag Handle using common paracord weaving techniques.





I bought my Bauer Bag (which btw is my preferred name for my purse) at a local Army Navy store for about $20. (it’s an Israeli Paratrooper Bag)  and pretty much started shoving things inside.

I have a collection of Altoid tin kits inside for sewing, meds, various small repairs, and on occasion a small survival kit.  A small knife sharpener, lighter, electric tape, batteries, USB drives, Leatherman, screwdrivers, gun bore light, flashlight, sharpie, pens, a garbage bag, tissues and on the occasion I am not going to work a nice Taurus 85 and a couple bianchi clips of .38  as well as my various papers and lesson plans.

I like the bag; it is pretty study and well designed, but the strap leaves a lot to be desired, it is small and bunches up, and being a shoulder bag, it can be awkward to fetch it out of the car.

Being in a DIY mindset the other day, and having a lot of paracord left over from the knife project I happened upon an Instructable for installing a Portuguese Sinnet handle on a bag exactly like mine.

Here’s the link for the Instructable if you want to check it out: Instructable on Making a Portuguese Sinnet Handle

This was way easier than I imagined, and it’s the same knot they use to make those paracord bracelets that sell online for $20.  as well as gun slings and belts.

The only thing I changed when following this Instructable was that instead of using two foot long pieces of cord, I used a single piece that was about 3 feet long.

The process is pretty simple: double the rope around one of the loops in the bag and then make the knot over and over until you get the length you want, loop the ends around the other ring and pull them threw the center of the knots using some thread you braided in the sinnet.

I am not going to go step by step as its just repeating Keng’s work.  The pictures below were taken as I followed his Instructable.




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