I’ve been climbing for a few years now, and you can never have enough chalk bags. I like the fact that these bags are relatively cheap, and can carry some useful items like powder, climbing chalk, spare cash, etc. The most popular bags are the synthetic or canvas ones, but you can also find quality chalk bags made of leather, wool, or just cotton. Or just make one for yourself! The denim one in the image above is from this Instructables plan.

How To Make A Homemade Chalk Bag

Step 1: Chalk bag Requirements

*Get the free pattern from the video here.

**If you want some alternative plans, check these out from LizMorrowStudios, Instructables, and Climbing.com.

Our adapted guide is below:

Before you learn about making your DIY chalk bag, you need to consider what you require to accomplish the job. Below are some of the things you will require when making your bag:

  1. A single grommet
  2. One cord lock
  3. Lining fabric such as fleece
  4. Stiff fabric for the bottom with a 6″ diameter circle 
  5. Two old climbing webbing strips for the waist-belt loops
  6. A strip of stiff fabric (8 x 14), such as canvas, corduroy as well as denim. However, if you are making a plain bag, you can consider any fabric you love, but ensure it is sturdy
  7. An upholstery sewing machine is an optional inclusion- makes things go faster

Step 2: Cut your fabric for the outer cylinder

After familiarizing yourself with what you need, cut your fabric for the outer cylinder. It should be rectangular and approximately 7 x 13. The length should range from the waistband and the width from the front to the back of your pants. If it does not come out evenly, try and make it uniform. However, if you opt for a standard bag, ensure that you cut your fabric in a rectangular size. You can also opt to use more than a panel for your outer fabric, but ensure they meet a measurement of 7 x 13; at this point, you are free to show your creativity.

Step 3: Cut your fabric for the inner cylinder

Your lining fabric size depends on how you plan to finish the top of the bag. If the fabric you want to use does not have a binding on the top, cut your lining fabric in half, and it should be taller than the outer fabric. This will enable you to fold it under and come up with a clean edge, but if you plan to bind the top using a separate fabric, ensure it has an equal size of the lining fabric. It would help if you were keen when making your cuttings because your first attempt can be quite challenging.

Step 4: Sew the outer cylinder

After that, fold your outer cylinder in half, and make sure that the right sides are together. Then, sew it and change the right side to be out.

Step 5: Find and cut the fabric for the bottom pieces

You can achieve this easily by using the outer cylinder that is newly formed. To get the appropriate size of the bottom pieces, trace the outer cylinder if you want to acquire a substantially circular bottom than the outer cylinder of your circumference. Make sure you find a jar top that matches what you have traced and use it to clean up your circle. When you are through, cut a single circle pattern piece from the outer and inner fabric.

Step 6: Combine these pieces by sewing

The outer cylinder is already sewn. Now turn it inside out and pin the bottom circular piece you cut at the bottom of your cylinder. Make sure that the wrong side is facing out. Sew it as you do away with the pins. Repeat the same procedure on the lining fabric. Fold the rectangular into half, ensure that the wrong side is out, and sew your side seam. Finally, pin and sew the bottom circle.

Step 7: Add the eyelet

To cut add the eyelet, cut a compact hole in the outer shell. After that, hammer in the large eyelet, and this should be approximately 1.5 down from your bag’s top. Again, bear in mind that this can only be achieved via the outer shell.

Step 8: Add the cord

This is usually a tricky part for most people. If you need this bag to work effectively, ensure that it cinches smoothly from both sides, more so in the lining. Furthermore, this will ensure it maintains your chalk safely inside when not in use. It also enables you to access the chalk at any given time. Therefore, to position the cord, sew the loop through your lining on the opposite side of the eyelet. Besides, sew the loop with a similar distance ranging from the top of the bag like the eyelet.

When you are through, ensure that you wrap the cord around your liner bag and the loop twice, then position the lining bag inside your outer shell. In addition, the loop for your cord should be on the opposite side of the eyelet. Finally, thread the dual loose cord ends through your eyelet.

Step 9: Fold down the edge to finish the top edge

To complete the top edge, fold down the bag’s edge to overlap your liner, then sew the liner and bag altogether. You must know that the bag is not likely to overlap the liner at the waist-belt loops. Therefore, make sure you double-stitch the area.

Step 10: Fill up your chalk bag

Fill it up with your spare items and start climbing.


A chalk bag is necessary for regular climbers because it helps them store their keys, cash, and many more items safely. Additionally, most climbers love it because it gives them a solution to their problem. Therefore, enhance your mountain and rock climbing passion by learning how to make a DIY chalk bag.

It is crucial for both climbers and gymnastic lovers because it usually incorporates excellent features, making it suitable for use at any given time. You might be interested in making your DIY bag, but you probably do not know how to start. Here is an overview of the steps to follow when making a DIY bag.

With this post, you can now comfortably make your bag without any issues. Ensure that you implement the steps mentioned above to end up with a chalk bag that suits your needs efficiently. With this chalk bag, you will enjoy mountain and rock climbing all time because it stores your things appropriately.

Remember, you can adapt these plans and make a crocheted one, a fleece-lined one, and more, with and without a sewing machine.