I’ve spent the last eight springs watching one or both of my kids’ throw the shot put at track meets. This year, I’ve actually been the official at a couple of my son’s meets. Let me just say, nothing is more fun than telling teenage boys who are ten times your size what to do.
When my son told me the bottom had fallen out of the bag they use to carry their shots, I figured I could probably do something about that. He brought it home and I realized it needed to be replaced, rather than repaired. The hardware was still good, but the fabric was shot. Ba-dum-bum.
The original bag was made from lined vinyl, but I had some ballistic nylon lying around from one of my husband’s projects. Either one would work, and for that matter you could also use denim or a heavy duck.
I used the old bag as my pattern, leaving out the short zipper on one side and the snaps on the top, since the boys don’t use them anyway. I cut a circle for the bottom of the bag that measured 7” across and a piece 16 by 22 inches for the rest of the bag. I also dug up some new webbing for the handles. The two D-rings, two clips and plastic tube were from the old bag.
Fold the top edge (one of the 22” sides) under 1/2” and again 2”. Press. Stitch close to the inner fold and near the top fold. Cut a piece of webbing 20” long. Slip a D-ring on and fold the end under 1 1/4”. Stitch near the D-ring. Repeat on the opposite end of the webbing. Measure 5 1/8” from the edge on both sides of the bag and mark.
At the mark, lay the D-ring with the ring toward the top of the bag, even with the edge, and the end of the webbing facing up. Two inches from the bottom of the ring, fold the webbing back up over itself. Box stitch under the D-ring. Repeat on the other side, making sure not to twist the webbing.
Fold the bag right sides together with the handle at the top. Stitch down the side, 1/2” from the edge. Zigzag over the edge for added strength and to finish the seam.
Stitch the circle onto the bottom edge with a 1/2” seam. I matched the edges as I went, but I’ll admit it didn’t match up perfectly and I ended up having to add a pleat. It worked out fine, but you might want to pin it into place before you start sewing. After the bottom is in place, stitch around it again in the seam allowance at least one more time. I did it twice. Zigzag over the edge. Turn the bag right side out.
Cut a piece of webbing 43 inches long. Slide a hook on one end, turn under 1/2”, then an additional 1”. Box stitch. Repeat on the other end. If you have the plastic tube for carrying it on a shoulder, be sure to slide that on before adding the second hook.
Clip the hooks onto the D-rings, throw in the shots and you’re ready to go!
The bag has already attended a meet or two, and the boys are happy with it. Because they didn’t buy it, no one has one like it and it’s easy to spot. Score one for mom.