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    Very Easy and Quick Stuff Sack from Used Postal Tyvek EnvelopeEnvelope

    I made a serviceable stuff sack from a used tyvek postal envelope. I have been using it for about a month and it is holding up very well. It seems to be waterproof and pretty strong. (I tested it by filling it with water and hanging it in the sink for a while). This may be something that everyone is doing, but I thought I would post in case someone has not.

    Materials
    1. Used postal tyvek mailing envelope.
    2. Paracord or accessory cord.
    3. Dental floss
    4. Cord lock is nice but you can make do without one.
    5. Large needle
    6. Straight pins
    7. Scissors


    How To
    1. Cut the open part of the envelope so that is is even. I didn't lose too much of the envelope because I opened it carefully when I received it. If you want a bigger sack, try to retain as much of the material as you can.
    2. Make small slits about a half an inch long on the side of the envelope. This will be folded over to form the channel for the cord, so the size should vary depending on the type of cord you have on hand.
    3. Decide which side of the envelope you want for the outside of your sack. I like the plainer side which in this case was the inside. You will want that on the inside as you sew. You will be inverting the sack when you finish.
    4. Cut a piece of cord to use as your drawstring. You need to have it an inch or so longer on each side so that you have a bit extra cord when the bag is fully open. I left mine a bit longer.Place your cord near the top of the envelope then fold the top of the envelop down over your cord. The slits at the side seams will allow you to do this.
    5. Snug the cord to the top of the channel and pin the folded edge tightly in place. This will hold the code while you sew.
    6. Using the dental floss and needle begin stitching the channel closed. As you stich, you can remove your pins. I snug the cord very tightly into the channel, but it makes it a bit stiff. You can have the channel as loose or tight as you like. A snugger fit will add more strength to the overall bag, I think. I go around twice making two independent stitch lines.
    7. Once you have finished your initial sewing, invert your sack and see if you need a stich above the slits that you made. I usually drop a stich in there to make sure the slit will not tear under stress.
    8. Add your cord lock and you are done.


    It is pretty plain, but I can add a photo is anyone is interested. This works really well. I also used one of these envelopes to make a rain jacket for my small dog.

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    Whats the finished weight of the sack ?

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    According to my baking scale, with the 550 paracord and the cordlock it is .78 ounces. When I remove the cordlock it is .61. I did not remove the cord to weigh it. If you use a lighter cord, the sack will be much lighter.

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    Sweet! I think I'll do one for a nice size food bag. Pics please?
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    Photo of stuff sack

    I tried attaching a photo taken with my phone. I hope this helps.
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    Think I'll have to try one of these...Thanks

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    Trippaw did a better post on this earlier this month. I just didnt see it.

    I just found it on the forums. Here is a quote from the post with a youtube lnk.
    DIY Tyvek Stuff Sacks Idea
    I picked up a couple FedEx envelopes (large and small sizes). They are made from Tyvek, and of course I had the idea to make a stuff sack from them.

    I just got them this morning. After getting home I did a quick search and found this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyYuET-UOEk. Of course, it really is hard to have a truly original idea these days. I'm thinking I'll have a go at it with some adhesive or Tyvek tape instead of the needle & floss as in the video.

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    Trippaw did a better post on this earlier this month. I just didnt see it.

    I just found it on the forums. Here is a quote from the post with a youtube lnk.
    DIY Tyvek Stuff Sacks Idea
    I picked up a couple FedEx envelopes (large and small sizes). They are made from Tyvek, and of course I had the idea to make a stuff sack from them.

    I just got them this morning. After getting home I did a quick search and found this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyYuET-UOEk. Of course, it really is hard to have a truly original idea these days. I'm thinking I'll have a go at it with some adhesive or Tyvek tape instead of the needle & floss as in the video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonks View Post
    I tried attaching a photo taken with my phone. I hope this helps.
    Nice Tonks!
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    Here's mine Tonk, I don't have a cordlock on it yet.
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