Introduction: DIY Bag/Cable/Tech Organiser
I have been travelling a number of times recently where I have found that I am taking more and more cables, and plugs,and other such little bits of tech and gadgetry and they all seemed to be a bit of a jumbled mess in the bags I used, either for travelling to work or travelling abroad.
I looked into how to organise it and found a number of different items that kind of did what I wanted. Then I found a YouTube tutorial on how to make a bag organiser much like the GridIT ones but it was a small one.
I decided to up the size to A4 to hold more.
Here is what I came up with.
Apologies (and I will repeat this throughout the instructable) for not having photos of all the steps in this, its one of those things where you find you didn't take photos because you wasn't sure how it would come out, it came out ok and you want to show others how to do it, but now you don't have all the pictures to show the steps.
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Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
For this project you will need the following items/tools:
1 can of spray adhesive
11m of 20mm wide elastic
10m of 10mm wide elastic
A4 plastic clip board dimensions are 310mm(L) x 230mm(W)
Stretchy fabric offcut big enough to cover both sides of clip board
Needle point pliers
Flat head and phillips screwdrivers
Print out of the plan (see later on for plan)
Firstly i just want to say that I stupidly didn't take photos of a few of the steps of this build. I hope the descriptions suffice, I think I will be making one more of these so i might add the missing pictures to this if I can later.
Once you have the items you will need to firstly remove the clip part of the clip board. Using the flat head screw driver you can slowly prize it off until it pops out, this will leave the holes filled with little metal plugs. Using the philips screwdriver push these plugs out so you are left with just 2 holes.
BE CAREFUL when removing the clip my first attempt I put too much pressure on and there is a small crack on the clip board now. Its hidden from view and is internal (as in the coating is holding it together much like a crack in a windscreen) but it was still annoying.
Next cut the following number of lengths of elastic
9 lengths of 20mm elastic of 620mm long
5 lengths of 10mm elastic of 620mm long
11 lengths of 20mm elastic 460mm long
9 lengths of 10mm elastic 460mm long
Once you have your lengths you can create loops by overlapping the ends by a 10mm and (in my case this time as it was my first attempt at this) staple the ends together. A better way would be to sew the ends together as it will look better later as you will not need to hide the stapled ends (which gets fiddly but can be done). I used the needle point pliers to hold the two ends of the elastic together and then slid it into place under the stapler and stapled it together. It was the best way to do it as no matter how hard I tried my fingers were too big.
Now spray on the adhesive to one side of the clipboard and wait for it to become tacky. Once it is ready lay the material over the clipboard and smooth out.
Once dry turn over and spray the other side and do the same. The best way I found (after I did mine) is to create 2 triangles on the short ends and then 2 Parallelograms on the long sides so that you cover the back completely but with no overlaps. When I do this again I will take photos of this part, I hope it makes sense though.
Step 2: Print Out Plan
The attached is a Open Office Spreadsheet plan for the organiser. I used this to determine which loops of elastic went on where. If you think there is a better way of showing how to do this please let me know. If it is confusing, please let me know. It made sense to me the black lines the horizontal parts of each loop that were visible, the grey lines showed the vertical parts of each loop that were visible.
The red lines round the sides and bottom is 10mm border I left myself that I might use in the future to add a zip cover to make the whole thing completely encased so even if something slips out it is not going to go missing.
Hope this all makes sense. Let me know in the comments.
Step 3: Add the Loops
Firstly add the long loops to the board so that it is covered completely.
Then taking each short loop remove all the long loops that are to go over it and leave the long loops that are to go under it, slide the short loop on and then replace the long loops.
Once that is done, slide the short loop down to the bottom and do the next one.
I should have taken some photos of these steps as that description makes it sound more complicated than it actually is.
What you should end up with is the above picture.
Step 4: Add Your Tech
Now that you have all the loops in place you can start adding your tech/cables/headphones etc to be carried by the organiser. and have a less messy less tangled back