I've been thinking about a new bag lately, but do not want to spend a load of money on it. Because of that I've been taking a look around the web and found out I'm not the only one who has been thinking about this. I've seen some very nice bags around the web and am now sure I can make one myself as well.
The materials I need, including the extra parts:
+ Plastic garbage bags (blue or black, still a dilemma)
+ Iron and iron surface
+ Sewing machine
- Black (or yellow?) sewing wire
+ Yellow "police line do not cross" line
- Shoulder straps
The materials with - in front I don't have yet. The materials with + in front I have already aquired or laying around somewhere.
I thought the police line sewed on the bag would be a nice touch
The shoulder band won't be too hard to find, I'll probably use some luggage straps
But why on earth plastic garbage bags? It's a pretty awesome technique, but not used too often. You actually melt 8 layers of garbage bag together with the iron. When you melt it together the structure of the plastic changes from stretchable and rippable, to nearly unstretchable and very durable. So by just using a few things you have laying around, you create a waterproof and years lasting kind of plastic. And that kind of plastic is just what a good messenger bag should be made of
Your opinions please on the dilemma below:
I was originally thinking about just black bags. Won't be a problem, they fuse perfectly. But it's just a bit black... Nothing special, get it? So at work we have some professional garbage bags laying around. Blue... Would be an awesome contrast with the yellow police line, wouldn't it? Though the police line would look nice with black as well, so it's not really incredibly needed.
What do you think, I have either black and blue available. Should I go with black, or with blue?
Another thing I was thinking of, is should I put small addons on the bag, for instance a small pouch for my cellphone, a small pouch for an mp3 player and a pen holder? Maybe on the side some kind of mesh for a water bottle?