My husband has recently gotten into playing disc golf. He’s been carrying his discs around in a regular backpack. A few weeks ago he came home from playing with a friend and mentioned that he should have me make something to help hold his discs in the backpack—like the expensive bags you can buy specifically for the sport, but without the “dorky” (his words, not mine) look. I was thrilled he actually gave me an idea for a Father’s Day gift!
I measured the inside of this ordinary backpack and figured I could make an insert for the back of the pack that could be like a graduated envelope system with each disc getting its own pouch. I was able to make this insert 10” wide (the discs are a little under 9” wide) and 14” tall, enough for 4 discs (the number he owned at the time, how convenient!).
I used a khaki duck cloth because I knew it needed to be durable and hide dirt since these discs get thrown around in all sorts of conditions. The pockets are 6”x11” (keeping room for side seam allowances), and I started by finishing their edges and then sewing the bottom edge to a main piece that was 11”x15”. Each “pocket” was sewn 2” above the one below it. Once those were all sewn together, I sewed it to another 11x15 piece with the pockets on the inside, leaving the bottom open. Then just turned it inside out, put a strong piece of cardboard in it, and finished the bottom.
The discs fit but it’s a snug fit, so they are held securely. I need to figure out a good way of attaching this to the back of the backpack.
Nolan has also mentioned some supplies he was wanting to carry with him, and I found a few other suggestions online, and then made a zippered pouch to hold them. I gave him sanitizing wipes (for the discs or his hands), deodorant (I thought it would be helpful!), powder for when his hands are too damp, itch relief for bug bites, insect repellant and sunscreen. Two other items that went in the backpack but didn’t’ fit in the pouch were a microfiber towel and a first aid kit.
Nolan loved his gift and has already requested that I make another holder for three more discs. I’m glad I could help make his backpack work perfectly for him!
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