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Nicholas Martin

Locale: SoCal-High Desert
My first pack! on 10/18/2011 19:12:42 MDT Print View

I tried my hand a making a pack out of a tarp i had lying around. I believe it is coated nylon. This was my first time ever using a sewing machine, and the machine was my mother in laws little EZ Sew. Its honestly the ez bake oven of sewing machines. More a toy rather than an actual machine, but it worked!

Im not sure of the capacity, but it holds all my gear with a little room to spare.
The straps came from an old book bag and because of my lack of experience during the design phase, i had to hand stitch them on...came out a tad off center.

All in all i only did it to get my feet wet. Im sure it would work, but i doubt ill use it.
It was a learning experience and now i cant wait to place my order for various bits and pieces( not to mention a real sewing machine) to get the real pack underway! I didnt weight it, but its definitely under a pound....anyways, just thought id share!packpack2pack3pack4

Clint Wayman

Locale: East Tennessee, US
new pack! on 10/18/2011 20:03:42 MDT Print View

That's a nice-looking initial foray into the MYOG world. Stand proudly!

Be careful, though, because MYOG is like a bad rash: the more you try to satisfy the urge, the more you're itching to try =P!

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Looks Great on 10/18/2011 20:23:14 MDT Print View

Looks great, I'd use that pack. I'm a big fan of trying ideas out with cheaper material. None of my packs have been exactly the way I've wanted them but I've always learned. After a certain point you just gotta try somthing and make a few mistakes. Well that one looks pretty good to me but if you're like me I'm sure you'll find something you want to do better next time and make another (and another...).

Nicholas Martin

Locale: SoCal-High Desert
thanks! on 10/18/2011 20:29:41 MDT Print View

i told my wife it looked like a homeless man made!
i have some cuben already and once i get the rest of my materials...the real fun will also going to go for a dry bag style closure on the top....
but thanks for the kind words and motivation!
and i thought that buying gear was an addiction...then i discovered this i may be lost forever...