Footbags from a different world: the Don't-Blink-182s

in footbag •  10 months ago  (edited)


Above is the rasta version of a 182-panel footbag, made out of pigskin... which is pretty unusual these days, as most are made of ultrasuede. A 182-panel design incorporates triangles, squares, pentagons, and hexagons: a very unique and complex pattern in the construction of a sphere!


When sewing 182 panels, don't blink or you might overlook one of the tiny pieces. Obviously, cutting and sewing 182 separate pieces is time consuming and tedious. It took around 12 hours to sew. But besides the complex construction, this bag also required a unique sewing technique: only the corners are attached. There is no sewing down the length of any panel, which are only about a quarter of an inch long.


Depending on the colors used, you can achieve different visual effects on a 182-panel: the rasta version is a colorful pinwheel encased in black border, while the black and white versions can produce an overlapping, five-pointed starburst or an almost Celtic weave.

There's too much thread in these to make a super-soft bag, and the high number of bent-in panels create stiffness so these are only good for net, not freestyle.


Thanks for reading! All images above are original photographs
taken by @hanedane or @geke and depict footbags designed
and sewn exclusively by Hane Dane Craft.
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Ooh I really like the way the colors make the pattern stand out in the rasta version. Cool!

Yea thanks that was also my thoughts prior to making it, I couldn't wait to get it done.

This model looks very complex!

It is but just wait til next week 😀

I love the shine on these. The rasta version reminds me of beautiful stained glass windows! Really nice work :)

Thanks, over the years the pigskin has gotten a nice patina. Thanks for your hard work on Needle work Monday!!

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