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  • backpack
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    The Muji and Levenger ideas are very clever.

    However, I don't like the idea of my Pouches transformed with hook and loops fabric which would stick to everything and deter from their clean looks.

    I am also not thrilled with idea of my things looped into elastic and floating around a bag subject to ding and harsh treatment.


    I like my things enclosed in Pouches and pockets so that elastic thing is not appealing.
    But the idea that Pouches can be tweaked to hold pens securely without risking damaging them inside a Padded Pouch is very attractive.


    I am sure Tom can come up with a really attractive "Cafe Bag Freudian Slip".

    Welcomed would be,

    On one side:
    O rings and/or Aplix loops secured to Key Strap fabric where I could secure the clip from Pouches or Key Straps or even the Side Effect Shoulder Strap for portability of the "Cafe Bag Freudian Slip".

    On the other side:
    Freudian Slip like horizontal or vertical pockets which accommodate letter size documents or smaller.

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  • gmanedit
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    ex, I hope this is the right thread (I'm a little lost in the threads right now): Did you see what's in the new Levenger catalogue? HTTP://www.levenger.com/PAGETEMPLATE...-3|PageID=7168 (comes in three sizes).

    Also: HTTP://www.levenger.com/PAGETEMPLATE...-3|PageID=7167.

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  • backpack
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    Both projects are really great!

    Just the kind of inventive stuff TB forum participants would come up with!

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  • ex machina
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    I resized Jiri's 3 pics for an easy quick view.
    Attached Files

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  • ex machina
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    Wow!

    Thanks Jiri ,for the pics. That is a very clever design. I appreciate your input and it was what got me on the Velcro Road with my own design. I am hoping to have my v2.0 done after finals so sometime around late December I will hopefully have it done, and be gathering the materials in mid-December. Your pics fella are very useful and add further dimension to my design revisions. Much appreciate you taking the time to make and post them.

    I have decided that my next version will use sewn hook-and-loop connectors. I will need fabric, perhaps zippers, and I am thinking of a fold-down flap to form a floor in the bag too, which will also work as a brace to keep the backboard in place. I welcome additional ideas and input from my fellow forum members and I thank all of you for your interest in my organizer project.

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  • Jiri
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    I just got back to PA and had a chance to take some pictures of what I had done along these lines. In case anyone is curious, they are attached (I hope) to this post. There are three pictures:

    1) totally assembled;
    2) disassembled with pencil boxes upside down;
    3) one box "assembled", one open, one upside down.

    Apologies for the large pictures.

    Jiri
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  • ex machina
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    Originally posted by Jiri View Post
    BTW - you might want to look at MUJI Multi-Pocket Organizer organizer that's awfully close to what you're making.

    http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma...7_11459_null__

    Hope the link works.

    Jiri

    (BTW - Jiri is masculine - Czech, similar to the Russian Yuri which translates to George)
    Tnx, Jiri for the excellent link! That is very much in the concept area of what I am trying to do. If the MUJI was vertically oriented and sized for the LCB I would have it on order now. I may still order it for my Imago. It is influencing my design strategy for my next version. I am going to talk with my tailor on Saturday, and see what it would cost to sew hook-and-look fasteners to both my pouches and a fabric skin. I would use a different pattern if the hook-and-loop was still in strips. I am still looking for a sheet of hook-and-loop that I can tweak.

    Sorry Jiri, for my misconception on your gender.
    Thanks for addressing it and teaching me something new.

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  • Jiri
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    BTW - you might want to look at MUJI Multi-Pocket Organizer organizer that's awfully close to what you're making.

    http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma...7_11459_null__

    Hope the link works.

    Jiri

    (BTW - Jiri is masculine - Czech, similar to the Russian Yuri which translates to George)

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  • gmanedit
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    "So, I was thinking what if I had a full size sheet of the hook side?"

    Brilliant!

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  • Bag Lady
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    Originally posted by ex machina View Post
    I even thought about cannibalizing a Freudian Slip and adding some Velcro to it. The wheels are turning.
    hey ex machina, if you do hack the Freudian Slip and make it work for the Cafe Bag, I want the Medium size!

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  • ex machina
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    Originally posted by Bag Lady View Post
    Cool! I love how quickly you executed your project from idea to finished product! Hope it works as well as you thought it would. Thanks for the pics too.
    Thank you, Bag Lady for your interest and well wishes. I also want to thank gmanedit, moriond, and backpack for their contributions to the discussion and Jiri for sharing her brilliant technique which set me off in the direction of using Velcro which led me to modding my TB pouches with Velcro for quick placement.

    So far I have been very happy with my vertical organizer. I have my camera now siting up high in my bag, in a padded pouch, so it doesn't eat up an inside front pocket. I still have my keystrap attached but I think that I will be removing it as I seem to just be leaving the pouch in place and using it as a padded zippered pocket.

    Now that I have a working prototype, I am thinking of improvements to my design. I use the loop (soft side) Velcro (I am calling it Velcro but it was a different brand of that stuff) on the pouches so if I use the pouches without the organizer, they will work fine and not be hooking stuff. So, I was thinking what if I had a full size sheet of the hook side? And what if I had squares to cover those sections I didn't need exposed in a particular configuration? And what if I had a built in pocket to store the square covers that were not being used? This prevent the hooks from grabbing at stuff it shouldn't, and allow me versatility in form to addressing my needs for that day.

    So I will at some future point be making a 2.0 version, with a greater attention to details. I even thought about cannibalizing a Freudian Slip and adding some Velcro to it. The wheels are turning.

    Thanks again everyone for your ideas, encouragement and support for my vertical organizer project.

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  • Bag Lady
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    Originally posted by ex machina View Post
    Well, I finished my proof of concept DIY vertical organizer. I used yellow foam sheets, a black needlepoint card, velcro and crazy glue. I am using my existing pouches as moveable/removable pockets. I just velcro them to the board. You can see it here. Comments welcome.
    Cool! I love how quickly you executed your project from idea to finished product! Hope it works as well as you thought it would. Thanks for the pics too.

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  • ex machina
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    Well, I finished my proof of concept DIY vertical organizer. I used yellow foam sheets, a black needlepoint card, velcro and crazy glue. I am using my existing pouches as moveable/removable pockets. I just velcro them to the board. You can see it here. Comments welcome.

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  • Jiri
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    I stored USB flash drives, spooling USB cable, power supply for a netbook, very small power inverter for power on an airplane/car. No noise at all - the bag is thick leather so I'm not sure that I would have heard it if things made noise - besides - the pencil cases were pretty full so I don't think things moved around much.

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  • Bag Lady
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    Originally posted by Jiri View Post
    I had a similar problem with items falling to the bottom of a bag. What worked for me was:

    1) this plastic sheeting (actually, I went to Michael's and got something that looked like plastic mesh - I think it's used for needlepoint
    2) get some plastic pencil boxes from Staples
    3) lay out the pattern you want
    4) cut the sheet to the size of the pattern
    5) velcro back sheet and back of pencil boxes and attach

    It separates items and keeps them from all shifting to the bottom.

    Hope that helps
    Hi Jiri, your idea is clever, however I wonder what you store in the plastic pencil cases, and if you notice any rattling/noise as you carry your bag.
    Thanks!

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