Freeing up those hands

Freeing up those hands

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.”

– Richard Branson, founder Virgin Group

Dunsel’s is sticking to creating sail bags but we are throwing a little flavor in the mix. Our tote bags have been a priority because we know you guys take them everywhere, whether it’s the grocery store or carrying your essentials to work. 

Coming in the near future we may introduce a backpack to our product line. We believe it is the perfect item to allow our customers to show their environmental consciousness at school, on the bus to work, or while traveling. 


There is a divide between what we can think of in our heads and what we are able to create. The idea may be too big or too complicated but we all know that the hardest part of any challenge is the first step. While I cannot share too much about the actual design of the bag, Dunsel’s has taken the first step to design a backpack and I would like to share how it is progressing. 

The other co-founder of Dunsel, Jon, has been working on forging new relationships with individuals who have a large following on social media and youtube. One discovery he had was that duffel bags are commonly made from sail material but backpacks are hard to come by. After discussing our options we decided now is a great time to start to think about filling this need in the market.

Just like that, I was off to do some research. Luckily with all of the online resources and Reddit forums I was able to find a design relatively easy, I tried to deconstruct the backpack I thought would look good and build my own *pattern. It turns out that backpacks start as about ten different pieces of fabric and sewn together rather complicatedly. Well….. Instead of killing a ton of time, I turned to a website called This is a great resource that has patterns for tons of things for dirt cheap. While I am not interested in replicating anything exactly as they have it, it is much easier to have a bulk of the pattern already designed and then change some pieces to match the style you want. I found I only was able to come up with ways to change the backpack after I got the pattern printed out and could visualize the pieces of the puzzle. 

What makes a great backpack?

I found it very difficult to figure out what people really want in a backpack. Like many things it’s better to put a tangible item in your customer’s hands and let them tell you what they want. Currently, we are in that stage and are looking for feedback on what makes a great everyday backpack. 

Leave us a comment and let us know what you believe should be apart of a sailcloth backpack. 

Thanks for reading 

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