Contents
  1. 1. What you need
  2. 2. How to cut canvas fabric
    1. 2.1. Template 1
    2. 2.2. Template 2
    3. 2.3. Draw Lines and Cut
  3. 3. Sewing Different Parts
    1. 3.1. Sew Shaft bag
    2. 3.2. Sew blade bag
      1. 3.2.1. Step 1: sew two pieces of fabric together
      2. 3.2.2. Step 2: add mid-layer fabric
    3. 3.3. Install Elastic Strap
  4. 4. Final Results

In this blog, I’m going to share how to sew a paddle bag for a two-piece European kayak paddle. Paddle bags are very handy when storing and transporting paddles. The paddle bag I am trying to replicate looks like this.

You can also check out the video below.

How To Use the ACK Kayak Paddle Bag

The two-piece paddle bag has three parts. I measure each part based on an old paddle bag I have.

  • Blade bag (width: 25 – 28 cm, length: 55 - 60cm)
  • Shaft bag (width: 15 – 17 cm, length: 25 - 30cm)
  • Elastic strap connecting blade and shaft bags (length: 40cm)

This type of paddle bag used to cost $15 each. In the past, you could buy from ACK or other online stores easily. However, they are no longer available. If you want to buy a paddle bag, it could cost over $50 or even $100 now. For example, NRS Two-Piece Kayak Paddle Bag costs $139.95. That’s why I decided to sew paddle bags.

What you need

Item What I have Price
Sewing Machine SINGER 4432 Sewing Machine $209.99
Heavy Duty Nylon Fabric 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon Fabric $10.58 / yard
Elastic Strap Dritz 3/4” Non-Roll Elastic, Black, 3 yd $3.79
Nylon Thread Heavy-Duty Bonded Nylon Thread $9.99
Tailors Chalk Dritz Tailors Chalk & Holder $5.49
Other common items Extra Fabric, scissors, Tape Measure depends

How to cut canvas fabric

As mentioned above, I order my nylon fabric from Amazon. What I ordered was a 60 inches x 1 yard nylon fabric. However, what I received had a dimension of 152cm * 104 cm. Before I cut my fabric, I need to come up with a plan for how to cut my fabric. My goal is to use this piece of fabric to make as many paddle bags as possible.

Template 1

Below is my template 1. Based on template 1, I can make 4 paddle bags out of 1 piece of 152cm * 104 cm fabric. Because 2 pieces of fabric A can make one blade bag, and 1 piece of fabric B can make one shaft bag (I will explain how later). If you cut this fabric according to my template 1, in the end, you will have 4 padding bags of the same size.

Template 2

The second time when I ordered fabric from Amazon, I got a different size fabric. Then I designed template 2. The advantage of template 2 is you can make different sizes of paddle bags, as there are different sizes of paddles in the markets. If you cut your fabric following template 2, in the end, you will have 4 paddle bags with three sizes (you need an extra fabric B.)

Draw Lines and Cut

After I picked a template, I use chalk and rulers to measure and draw lines on the fabric. And then cut the fabric using my scissor. I bought two pieces of fabric. The grey fabric is cut based on template 1 and the green fabric is cut based on template 2.

Sewing Different Parts

Sew Shaft bag

As I said above, we only need one piece of fabric B to make a shaft bag.

  • Take a piece of B (shaft bag fabric) from template 1 or 2, and fold the cloth in half along the long side.
  • Sew on the left and right side
  • Turn inside out, then you get a shaft bag

If a cloth B has dimensions of 15cm * 60cm. then our shaft bag has dimensions of about 15cm * 30cm (usually slightly smaller, like 13cm * 29 cm).

Sew blade bag

We need two pieces of fabric A to make a blade bag.

Step 1: sew two pieces of fabric together

  • Take two pieces of cloth A and align them face to face
  • Sew them together on three sides (U shape)

Step 2: add mid-layer fabric

  • Cut a third fabric the same size as fabric A, this is our middle layer (to separate two blades)
  • Algin this piece of fabric with what you got from Step 1
  • Sew them together on three sides (U shape)
  • Turn inside out and then you get a blade bag

If fabric A has a dimension of 26cm * 60cm, then our shaft bag has a dimension of about 26 * 60cm (usually slightly smaller, like 24cm * 58 cm).

For the outer fabric, I use heavy-duty nylon fabric (like 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon Fabric), it’s waterproof. But for the mid-layer fabric, I use cheaper, softer fabric (I tried three different mid-layer fabrics)

Install Elastic Strap

  • Cut elastic strap with a length of 15 inches
  • Sew one end of the elastic strap on the blade bag
  • Sew the other end of the elastic strap on the shaft bag
  • Sewing a middle line to split the shaft bag into two tunnels (to separate two shafts)

Final Results

In the end, I made 8 paddle bags even though I only have two European paddles, but I have many kayaking friends. A paddle bag can be a very good gift for your kayaking friends! You can see the photo below, there is one green paddle bag in which I use an extra fabric B for the shaft bag. I tried three different fabrics for the middle layer. I made these 8 kayak paddle bags during one weekend, it took me an average of 90 minutes to sew a paddle bag.

Contents
  1. 1. What you need
  2. 2. How to cut canvas fabric
    1. 2.1. Template 1
    2. 2.2. Template 2
    3. 2.3. Draw Lines and Cut
  3. 3. Sewing Different Parts
    1. 3.1. Sew Shaft bag
    2. 3.2. Sew blade bag
      1. 3.2.1. Step 1: sew two pieces of fabric together
      2. 3.2.2. Step 2: add mid-layer fabric
    3. 3.3. Install Elastic Strap
  4. 4. Final Results