Tutorial: Sew Your Own Geo-Bag

BagAmerican geocacher Emily Cross – best known for her popular sewing blog Saltwater-Kids – explains how she created her family’s swanky kitbags.

Emily Cross

Emily Cross

“Six years ago, while sitting in a waiting room, I came across an article on geocaching. My first thought was ‘Geo-what?’. But, as a read on, I learned it was basically a hi-tech version of a treasure hunt.

With one little boy at home, and another on the way, I knew this could become a very popular pastime for our family. And I began visualising all the wonderful places that we could go treasure hunting …

As soon as I got home, I informed my husband that I wanted a GPS unit for Christmas. He was a little shocked at first but once I explained what geocaching was and described the adventures we could have in our own backyard (and all over the world), he got excited too.

MainSo here we are six years down the road. Back then, summer was just around the corner, and we were itching to get out and do some exploring. I downloaded some caches and began to pack a bag so we could go on a hike.

While searching the house for all the items we needed, I realised it would be so much easier if I just had a bag to keep all of our essential geocaching items in.

A bag that we could just grab and go at a moment’s notice – whenever the sun decided to peek out from behind the clouds.

Having already made some Hobo Sacks using a wonderful tutorial over at MADE, I knew they were the perfect size for a geocaching bag. I grabbed some fabric from my stash (navy linen, gray quilting cotton and orange jersey knit) and set to work.

SwagFeeling like I needed to label the bag, I searched the internet for a geocaching symbol and stenciled it on to my material using freezer paper. (For a step-by-step guide, check out this Make tutorial.)

First AidBut I couldn’t stop there … Next I decided that we needed a first-aid pouch AND a bag for all our tradable treasures (aka swag). I had so much fun making these bags – they’re super-fast and easy!”


  • GPS
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Trash bag – cache in, trash out (we use plastic bread bags)
  • Swag bag with various small items for trading
  • First-aid pouch
  • Sunscreen
  • Poncho (weather-dependent)Kit


  • Camera
  • Extra clothes
  • Plenty of snacks
*You can see more of Emily Cross’ work at her Saltwater-Kids website, as well as on Facebook and Pinterest. Her designs are for sale through her Etsy store.



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