Feb 21, 2012 at 1:00 am #1285962
The first set of straps from the thread 'making neat straps' (here) now have a home on pack.
It is a (hopefully) fairly study pack for cycling / tooling around town etc. The back and bottom are cordura. The red fabric is silnylon and the grey is laminated nylon.
It's a roll top closure with clips on the sides. I cut a bit off an old plastic divider type sheet to stiffen the top edge.
Here are the straps in their new home.
The mesh goes all the way around but there is a line of stitching on the corners dividing it into three. Not very easy to see.
The bottom is angled a bit so it's not just a rectangle.
I need to get some shockcord to go on it, and tidy up the straps, but otherwise it's finished. It has a sternum strap and hip belt (just webbing for this). I'm giving it to someone else so hopefully it survives being used.
I flat felled the sides and the bottom. The bottom and side 1 were fairly easy. Side 2 was very tricky. Daniel had a good thread on doing this here, but I still wasn't sure how he managed it. Daniel, if you read this, it looks like your sewing machine is inside your pack?? Did you flat fell the sides before closing the bottom? That would explain it maybe.
Anyway, I went slowly and it turned out quite neat. I had to unpick one section where I sewed a few stitches through more layers than I meant! Cheers for reading.
SamFeb 21, 2012 at 4:46 am #1842312
Looks good! One day I may just make something similar.
I don't know if it's just me, but the links aren't working for me.Feb 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm #1842707
Wow! That's a really great looking pack.
The links didn't work for me either.Feb 22, 2012 at 3:14 am #1842862
Thanks for the comments guys.
I checked and the links do seem slow but did work for me.
Here are the long versions.
Daniels thread about flat felling inside a pack:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=58070Feb 26, 2012 at 5:20 am #1844965
@againpeterLocale: France Europe
Nice nice, I like the way you roll the top, and that it has 2 buckles, one on each side, instead of just one that creates a loop.
I have been thinking about this 'problem' ( avoiding the loop) as well, but never thought about this elegant 'buckle on each side' solution.
Good sewing too, lightyears ahead of my skills..Feb 26, 2012 at 9:28 am #1845040
@socal-nomadLocale: North San Diego county
That a really nice looking pack you made great design and sewing skills.
TerryFeb 27, 2012 at 1:44 am #1845466
Pete, I quite like how the buckles came out too. They're not my idea though, I'm sure I've seen them on other packs and certainly ortlieb panniers can close on the sides like this.
The downside is of course you are using twice the buckles, so it's not very lightweight!
As for the sewing, thanks for the compliment. But really it's not difficult it just takes some practice. I'd never sewed anything before this January. Go for it!
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