WALLETS, FRAME BAGS AND RACK BAGS
I’ve been getting to grips with our new sewing machine recently… (All those tedious secondary school lessons making shit oven gloves, given by the crazed angry spoon bashing teacher are finally paying off)
It’s early days, but something could come of it if I dial my skills… especially in these quieter winter months… (A word of warning… Albeit loosely connected to this post… Fair weather cyclists can get screwed if they think they’re entitled to ask for discounts throughout the summer… We work fucking hard to keep our shop running 365 days a year and winter ain’t easy!)
I’ve managed to make 3 wallets, a frame bag and a rack bag so far… They’re all a bit rough around the edges and my straight stitch lines have something to be desired, but I’m getting there…
First I made three wallets (only two of them pictured)
-Mine is the simple camo one – note pouch the the back, 2 card holders on the right and a coin pouch on the left.
-The one for Mark I got a bit more tech with the lay out and added key chain loops and velcro closing flap… The difficulty mainly came in how many layers were travelling under the foot in one pass. The machine struggles if there are too many.
Both wallets have a zipperless key pocket on (a simple overlapping flap removes the need for zips also saving your cards etc from damage)
ZIPPER-LESS FRAME BAG
Pretty straight forward bag. Big sack to put stuff in… 50mm webbing holds the sides from bulging too much and the roll top section means there are no zips that will break and it’ll be versatile enough to fit a few diff frame sizes (within reason)
-I think the next frame bag I make will have zips and dividers and be made for a bigger frame (A 16″ On One doesn’t give you much space for your loot!)
PORTEUR RACK BAG
This is my first attempt at a roll-top rack bag. I made it for Marks Velo Orange Porteur Rack. It turned out pretty sweet! Few things need improvement but I’m pretty happy with it…
-Creased seams to give the bag shape.
-I used some 5mm brake cable outer inside the top seam to give it some rigidity and make rolling the top easier.
-Easy access pockets on the riders side so you can have a few small items or snacks to hand whilst riding
-Added female buckles on the side with no pockets so you can use the rack straps from the underside along with extra shoulder straps and turn it in to a crude backpack if you need to… (needs improvement)
-I sewed in a piece of 6mm yoga matt in to the base to stop your belongings bouncing around or rattling on the rack beneath
Imagine how many Burritos you could fit in that Fucker!
Some parts are a little wonky in places, but it just adds to the hand made vibes… Or something…
Check out the Burger Bell and Cateye Computer Stem on Marks Ridiculous GT Commuter…
Watch this space for more Squirrel Seam Master updates…