I hope you don't all get bored of people's first packs! Hopefully the pictures keep things entertaining.
We got a sewing machine for a wedding present in May last year, and it has sat in it's box since then. In early January I decided to finally learn how to use it, and ordered some fairly cheap rip-stop and some random plastic bits and thread. After lots of trial and error, and trying to work out why my stitches looked nice on top and like a bobbin was violently sick on my fabric beneath (the thread wasn't going through the bobbin tensioner thing), I managed to sew a fairly neat straight stitch.
So I looked around for a pack design, and found the 5 yards to SUL article. I made a stuff sack, that seemed to work ok. Of course I then went straight for the pack. Here are the results!
You might be able to see above I added a couple of webbing loops between the back and side as well as the front and side. There are also a couple of velcro loops for poles there too.
The straps did not go brilliantly. Once cut and sewn together they were a bit wonky and too thin to neatly put some ccf inside. So naturally I stuffed them with toy stuffing. I am surprised more gear manufacturers have not taken this superior approach.
A bit too much shock cord on there at the moment.
There are two straps across the back panel inside that keep a ccf panel in place for padding. The flash in this photo shows the real colour a bit better, bright orange!
So there we are. I think I need to reinforce the pockets, they look a bit weak on the side with the cord sticking out. The straps obviously are not ideal. I think the stuffing might move around inside, so I'm thinking about sewing some webbing down the middle to keep it more stable.
I have some mesh on order for better ones. I'm not sure if I can take these ones off and add better ones, and keep the seams looking nice? I might have to make a whole new pack. I'm sure you are all familiar with the dilemma.
It's a bit bigger than the one in the article, but I'm not sure of the exact capacity yet. It weighs about 320 grams. The back and base are cordura, and the orange stuff (which looks pink in the photos but isn't, honest) is described as 'lightweight rain resist ripstop'.
Hopefully it will go on it's first adventure next weekend!
Edited to add: 5 needles were harmed in the making of this pack. They didn't like stitching the side to the back, through both fabrics plus the side attachments. I tried 70 and 100 needles, both broke. Maybe I was going too fast? There is a 90 in there at the moment. It survived, but most of the thicker bits were done by then.
The CLUNK of a needle breaking and the machine stopping is very disheartening.