So we thought it was time for yet another diy project. This project started out while being on a quest for the one pack that does it all. Most bushcrafters and outdoors enthusiasts, like ourselves, are constantly searching for that one pack which is suitable for short scouts, day hikes, overnighters, and even a trip to the supermarket or local library.
Most of the time this means we have a bag for each occasion and we keep reorganizing, and shuffling the contents from one bag to the other. This project is definitely not going to change that by any means and heck, we don’t mind moving stuff from one pack to the other.
So get to the point, I hear you say, what is this project about?
Well, it is about a cheap solution to get yourself some one of a kind and great looking quality gear at low costs.
The way we did it is by using army surplus bags and giving them a little overhaul. The bags we used where made in such great numbers that they are still easily available today at very affordable prices. They are made from bombproof canvas and most likely one of the things that will survive an upcoming zombie apocalypse, or worse, the return of the killer tomatoes.
The downside of army surplus bags is that they are quite often a real pain in the neck, butt or back to carry around. Or like they tend to say in the army: “We have two sizes; too big or too small”.
So one day, while going through our collection of surplus gear, we came up with the idea to make a modular carry system which could be used for a number of packs. A carry system made from beautiful veg tanned leather, brass buckles, rivets and other accents. Because we wanted to be in the original style as the bags themselves we gave it the name SB M37. The SB for Sheep Bushcraft, and the M37 in honor to the donor bags which carry that same name.
So the Sheep Bushcraft Modular 37 was born. Cool name eh?
Time to show you the how-to and why stuff.
All the parts of the modular pack system that we could think of, so much combinations to play around with. The base consists of various sizes pre-cut leather straps, we opted for 4mm veg tanned. Solid brass buckles and copper rivets. You could also use secondhand belts, donor buckles and screw on stud bolts.
The basics we used to upgrade our M37 large pack and small pack, into a backpack and haversack. The possibilities are endless.
Close up from the shoulder strap, giving just that little bit more comfort.
You may have noticed by now, this is not a standard tutorial, but a project that hopefully will spark your own creativity and imagination. However, if we can in any way help you make your own modular system come a reality, and you need a tad more help or information, let us know. We will figure out some way to share patterns, parts, donor bags, or perhaps sell the complete set on our Etsy.
You can make your DIY modular system into everything you would like, from outdoor bushcraft pack to everyday carry. All with just one set of straps, and some different kind of cheap surplus bags!
We hope you got something out of this diy project! We would feel honored if you decide to make something (similar) yourself, if you feel like it, we would love to see the end result! You can tag us on Instagram or drop us a message.