off of http://www.sciplus.com/
For this little project I was mainly interested in getting more acquainted with the textiles
equipment that we have at TechShop . I made three modifications: added a handle to the
top of the bag, straps to wear it like a back pack, and a clip to attach my mini skateboard.
Basic sewing machine
Industrial Walking Foot
Airbrush (acrylic paint)
Side Lock Straps
Step 1: Paint Cotton Belting
with the drab military theme of the bag. Therefore my first step was to paint the belting.
I grabbed some of my acrylic paints and one of the airbrushes from TechShop and got
to work. I just thinned down the paint with some water and started mixing away with different
colors to create a sort of mish mash camo effect.
Step 2: Measure (Plot the Plan of Attack) & Cut
and back straps.
And then cut the belting to size for each of my new features.
Step 3: Serge the Edges
serge the edges, to prevent fraying.
For the rectangular rings I had to double up the belting,
at which point the material was too think for the basic sewing
machine to handle. I then moved over to the walking foot to
close the loop with a couple straight stitches.
Step 4: Attach the Handle
the belting to the top of my bag, using the measurements
I made in step two to align the two attachment points.
Step 5: Attach the Back Straps
inside the sewing machine (and did not feel like taking the
whole thing apart)
Using an awl I punched holes in both the belting and the bag
itself for the rivets to sit in.
Then using the hand press I set the rivets in place.
Step 6: Mini Board Strap
Thankfully the bag already had some straps sewn on the back of
the bag which I gladly used to simplify by skateboard strap.
Using a small piece of the cotton belt I made a loop to hold one
end of the strap, and then sewed a small overlap on the adjustable
side to prevent the strap from falling off.
Slipped that strap through the existing strap and my modifications are complete!