Give your walking sticks that little extra by adding this quick and easy ‘What If’ bag to your wood carved walking sticks. My bag is filled with a few small items that I might need along the hiking trail – bandages, cord, and a folding pocket knife. You can also used it as a small collecting bag, to hold your cell phone or car keys, or to just keep a snack close at hand.
My bag is created using two 5 1/2″ wide by 12″ long pieces of cotton quilting fabric with rat-tail cord as a draw string. The bag has a folded pocket along the bottom edge for a second draw string to keep the bag from swinging as I move the walking stick. You can buy pre-made cotton canvas and cotton muslin bags in a variety of sizes at your local craft store.
4 to 5″ wide cotton fabric bag
2 yards 2mm rat-tail cord or paracord
2 yards 1/4″ cotton twine
2 large rubber bands
1 package of strike-anywhere wooden matches
1 small pocket knife
2 – 3″ x 4″ zip-lock plastic bags
2 – 1″ x 4″ stripes of masking tape
1 large safety-pin
A 4” wide by 6” long cotton hiking bag that uses rat-tail cord as a draw string tie, finishes this fun walking stick. The bag holds a plastic bag of bandages, and 2 yards of heavy cotton cord held together with 2 large rubber bands. A second plastic bag is wrapped around a box of strike-anywhere matches. A small, sharpened pocket knife is included. You may also wish to add a little ‘emergency money’ in the form of a folded $10 bill inside one of the plastic bags. A large safety-pin closes the top of the bag.
If you sell your walking sticks and canes at arts and crafts shows, adding a ‘What If’ bag to your sticks will make your work stand out from the competition. Create a small display of items your customer can pack in their walking stick bags or include a printed suggestion list with the sale of each cane.