Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Market Bag

I've been helping with my friend's farmers-market stall lately and I've noticed that a lot of people struggle to put their produce (or whatever) into their tote bags when they're wearing them, so I'm seeing if I can make a better bag for market shopping...
It's like a little mail carriers bag. It hangs open for easy loading.
12x12x6" This is cotton duck lined with rubbery fabric.

I put some buckles on the top so you can cinch it closed, but they just get in the way and do nothing so I'm going to cut 'em off.

David's Backpack

Here's a fully custom backpack I made for my friend David.
Floating liner, padded back and bottom.

The screen and print were made by a local shop. The image is from Nation of Ulysses' first 7", Sound of Young America.

Snaps! do the compression work.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Camera Pouch

Here's a tiny padded case for a point-and-shoot camera.

Snap! I think this might be my first case with a snap...lemme think....
I like to have the male part of the snap on a strap instead of attaching it to the bag. That way you don't have to press on what's in your bag to close the snap. Important if you're carrying fragile things.
One-piece shell. Two seams.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ultimate Pannier

Just made this pannier for my dad. It's probably the fanciest pannier I'll ever make.
(Sorry about the hazy images. It was hotter than the Devil and my camera lens fogged up.)
Floating liner, 3D pocket. I lined it with the last of my vinyl-coated poly.

Expandable sleeve. I hadn't put the draw cord on when I took this picture.

Drink Pod

I finally got some more thin foam in, so I've been working on the Double Trouble design some more. This one's just a single, though.
Working on making this without Velcro. I need to get some cam buckles, though. I think those'll work best for this design.

Woops...didn't make it big enough for a water bottle. Back to the drawing board...
Stay tuned.

iPad Case

Here're some prototype iPad cases I've recently made.
My friend was looking for a case that had a greater range of angle adjustment than other cases. Few, if any, commercial cases can go from a small angle to a large angle while maintaining rigidity.
My friend uses this as a laptop, so a small angle for typing is important to him.

Here's my latest effort:
Apple kindly put most of the buttons near the corners, where you'd want to put retention straps, so getting the iPad to attach to the case was the first challenge.
As you can see, I've used a series of loops with paracord to hold the iPad in place. It's secure and none of the buttons (and speaker) are covered (mostly).
Not the prettiest thing, but it works. Has a sort of tactical look, I suppose. Ha.
The next challenge was making it adjustable. I'm pretty happy with this system. It's a hinged sliding piece that you can shape into various triangles to get the desired angle. It needs to be cleaned up, but the concept is good.

Here's my second effort. Had two pieces that slid into the case and would sit in the slots on the right. Never have loose pieces.

This is my first case. Another picture-frame design, but with Velcro. I'm not a big fan of Velcro...

Monday, August 16, 2010

T/F Boone Dawdle Bag

Win this bag at the True/False Boone Dawdle raffle on August twenty-first.
The Boone Dawdle (not to be confused with boondoggle) is a two-hour bike ride to the nearby town of Rocheport (Missouri), where the documentary Best Worst Movie will be shown at a bluff-top vineyard restaurant. Should be good times.

The bag measures 19" at the top, 13" at the bottom, and is 6" thick and 12" tall.
It's made of 1000d Cordura nylon and acrylic-coated polyester for maximum water repellency.

Pockets: it has a few.
The padded back doubles as a document pocket. [Man, it was too bright when I was taking these pictures. Ha.]
Fully adjustable padded shoulder strap with stabilizer strap.
Expandable main compartment.
Here's what it looks like on a pretty small lady.

Photos from the Event:

Random party time.
MKT Trail.
Burr oak.
Best Worst Movie, a Troll 2 documentary, shown over the Missouri River.