Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Traffic Cone

Bright One
19x12x6--Cordura & Top Gun
Another attempt to perfect this size of bag ends in ruin. So it goes. I changed up the way the lip compresses on this bag--made it like the smaller bag, thinking it'd work just the same. Not so. Attaching the compression strap onto the main stap here leaves room for movement around the corners, with the lip potentially coming out from under the flap...or at least coming too close for my liking. It's fixable on this bag with some hand stitching...which I'll do later.

Nice earth tones for the liner.

Corner detail. Won't be seeing this again. Instead of sewing the end of the compression strap to the main strap, I'll sew it to the lip just inside the corner. I've done this with smaller bags with good results...and they should be even better with this size. Let's hope.

I moved the water bottle over a little bit. Now I won't hit my arm on it all the time. Of course, I haven't actually built the water bottle holder yet. You just see the strap that'll thread through the holder. Ha.


The Long, Skinny Thing Holder
For all your magic wands and knitting needles. This clips onto the small shoulder bag. Nice.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

See Me

Safety Stripe
19x12x6--9/07--Cordura nylon & Top Gun poly
Refining my nineteen-inch messenger bag here, and adding some new things. Though, this might be the last time I use this exact design. Every time I make a bag I think of a way to improve it...which is kinda frustrating in a way, 'cause every bag you make is flawed or obsolete from the get go. Or maybe it means every bag is unique and wonderful. Ha ha... Anyway, this bag is pretty much identical to the camo bag down below except for a few things:
One, as you can probably see, is that wonderful reflective stripe across the front. Sweet-ass two-inch yellow vinyl with a silver center. You can get yourself some from Identi-Tape in Golden, Colorado. They have a number of great sew-on reflective tapes. Bright, bright, bright.
Two: water bottle holder. My bottle's been leaking in my bag lately and fouling up my magazines--no good. So I made me a bottle holder. I originally had this sewn onto the bag but I changed my mind and ripped it off. Now it's attached with three one-inch tri-glides. Pretty nice. I don't know if this is the best place for it. I mean, it's the easiest place to get at it, sure. But is it gonna get in the way all the time. Hmm... And it makes it kinda look like a Mountainsmith pack. Ha. Okay, scroll down for more things.

Third alteration: Removable back pad--slash--document pocket. I've needed to do this for a while...I've just been lazy. Now you can remove the pad if your back's gettin' all sweaty...or you just have a fat back. This is a better design all around. Before I was just throwing the pad in between the liner and the shell and it would stay put pretty well but not super. And you really want padding at the bottom part of the there: stay put! And I made the front pocket a little smaller...but not small enough, as it's kinda saggy.

Close up!

Grow!Bottom shot of the holder. If you're gonna have an external pocket that isn't covered by the flap it's a good idea to have drain holes or mesh on the bottom...unless you want your pockets to fill up with water when it rains. Plus this looks hella clean.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Little Black Bags
15x12x4-5.5--9/07--Cordura & Sunbrella
Okay, so I have a new and improved musette design. This design is 99.9 percent ready to go. I'll be selling these pretty soon--fingers crossed. I just have to figure out how much to charge. Hmm. It takes me about eight hours to put one together at the moment...but hopefully I'll streamline my production a bit. Check out these two here. One's a bit thicker than the other, but otherwise they're pretty much the same.

Man, twill tape is the business--straight up! Takes corners like a champ.Corner detail...why is this picture so fuzzy? I'll have to take it again some time... Notice the compression cord there on the end of the strap--keeping things neat.
Hey, that's my sister there, taking a break from her Shibori to model for me. I didn't have the shoulder pad on this bag at the time, but it has a pretty simple double tri-glide pad. Snazzy.

Sunday, September 9, 2007


Scoliosis = Bad
21x17x6--9/07--Cordura & Top Gun
Yeah, so this is kind of a goofy bag. Another attempt to smash a messenger bag and a backpack together. My shoulders have been feeling a bit uneven lately, so that means it's time to switch to a two-strap bag--definitely. I thought about making an x-strap bag, but this design here seemed a little less awkward to use: you only need to unbuckle once to swing it around, you don't have to reach back and grab your loose second strap, and you can unzip your jacket no problem.
Though, I don't know if it has the same sweet load-distribution qualities as an x-strap bag. This bag is kinda weird when it's full: you don't want the shoulder straps digging into your armpits, so you tighten the sternum strap...but this puts most of the load onto your chest and smashes the shoulder pads into your pectorals: not so cool. So, yeah: mission not accomplished in making a sweet messenger backpack. I might just turn this into an x-strap bag or a one-strapper...we'll see. My next big bag'll be an x-strap bag proper.