Hi Folks! This instructable will show you a lot of good tips and tricks for sewing your custom photobag. You can use new materials or have even more fun doing it partly from recycled material - like I did...
Step 1: Material and tools
You need the following materials and tools:
A seam ripper
Step 2: Plan your bag and prototype it
First you need to figure out, what your bag is going to look like.
I spend some time sketching bags/details I liked.
Once I had a rough idea about how it should look, I started to plan how to construct the bag - which shapes/pieces it would be made of - and in some cases, how I would sub divide some of the shapes to allow the bottom to be made out of a different material.
I did the detailed drawing of the parts in Illustrator so I could print the individual parts on large paper. This made it easy to adjust the size of the bag to fit the equipment and to make a prototype.
Step 3: Recycling material
I wanted to make the bag look unique and cool, so I decided to reuse a pair of trousers - especially the part with the pockets... I also had an old laptop bag with some nice straps and zippers.
If you want to reuse material rather than buy new stuff, you have to carefully rip your recycled material appart without damaging it. Use a seam ripper or/and a hobby knife for this.
Step 4: Six layered protection
Let us have a quick look at the overall construction of the bag's protective layers...
So we need to cut out one copy of every piece of the blueprint for each material (the fabric should be slightly bigger to allow sewing and the padding slightly smaller to fit between the fabric...)
Step 5: The principles of sewing a layer
Cutting and sewing the waterproof layer (coating/cover inside)
The following section will explain how to sew the waterproof layer, but most of it applies to the other layers as well (I am assuming you have some sewing experience - otherwise you might want to get some assistance from someone who has ...)
I decided to position the velcro close to the corners so I would be able to fit an iPad into the space between the inlet and the cover...
Step 6: Completing the cover
Repeat the previous step
Squeeze the straps into the gaps at each end of the bag and fix them with a strong seam so the weight of the bag won't break it...
Step 7: The inlet
Most of the previous instructions also apply for the inlet...
You may refer to this Instructable for more instructions on how to make a custom inlet for your photobag
Step 8: Fit everything together
Now to the fun part...
In theory everything should fit together...
Step 9: The finished result
Well, that wasn't so hard. I finished the project in about 8 hours...