Tuesday, April 19, 2011

the M bag

I completed the body of the M bag today. I sewed the liner pieces to the outside pieces, instead of sewing the liner separately from the outer. This meant I had to bind all the seams with grosgrain ribbon, which was tough in the spots that there was upwards of 8-9 layers, as I do not use any binding feet on my walking foot machine.
Here are some photos of the inside. Although my bags are made out of rubber, I still feel that the insides should be beautiful and professional.

I couldn't sew over the zipper and 6 layers, I had to burn the edges of the zipper and grosgrain ribbon, and use some seam glue so the zipper and lining material wouldn't fray.

These were taken on my phone, tomorrow I will take some product shots in good lighting conditions.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Bag

I was asked to make a bag for my friend Emily. She is an avid biker and runner, and she wanted a more feminine bag made from vegan components. She told me about a few Coach bags whose styles she likes, so I worked from there as far as dimensions and styling are concerned. It felt weird to click around the Coach site.
The working prototype turned out okay. I will have to adjust how I sewed the lining and the exterior, as I don't have a bag finishing machine and that makes it impossible to properly close my larger bags.
Here is a work in progress photo of what I hope is the final bag.
Work in progress: custom bike tube bag, femme style (the M bag)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Camera Strap and Strap Pad

My brother is going to be leaving the states to go on a big 4 month trip. He and his girlfriend are going to Central and South America. They commissioned me to make a few accessories for their travels. I made them laptop sleeves, a camera strap, a strap pad (for a bag that had a very narrow, leather strap), and a camera bag. I didn't have the time to make the camera bag, though I would have liked to attempt it.
Here are some photos of their stuff:
camera strapstrap pad 3

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Ran (literally) to this place, 1 mile from home
"it's always sunny..." cupcake from whipped
After seeing the Etsy feature on this shop, and realizing it was a mile from my home, I took a little trip. First I ran an international order to the post office, then I ran to buy some cupcakes. It was fun to go in person to a local shop that I wouldn't have known about if it weren't for Etsy! I also felt great supporting their shop, and felt super great eating their deliciousness!
I got three "It's Always Sunny" cupcakes. They were quite yummy, and not too sweet. Under the tasty frosting was a pocket of lemon meringue. My kids didn't like them at all, which meant I got to eat all three!! And of course it's best to eat them when they are fresh, so let's just say I should have run 4 times as long as I did to make up for my cupcake calories.
Here is their Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Anchor Pouch

Living in the city is very inspiring. But a lot of the time, I don't see the inspiration. I see the dirt, I feel the intensity of stress, I see the poverty. I went for a run the other day with my son, that I wrote about here. While out, I saw a helicopter, an airplane, a train, cars, trucks, boats, and a submarine. The Delaware River was particularly inspiring to me. I love water, and the juxtaposition of water and land.
Here is my favorite shot from that run: Nautical Inspiration 3
I made a zipper pouch with a teal vinyl anchor on it based on that inspiration. It has a very unique zipper opening:
Check it out in my shop.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Girlfriend

Here is a bag I call The Girlfriend: the girlfriend
It is named because it is the perfect gift to get your girl while you are shopping for Tube Heaven bags for yourself. That way she won't feel left out of your purchase.

I just had a nice couple of days off with family in upstate NY. I spent some time trying to explain the whole Tube Heaven concept to them, which was quickly resolved once they touched my wallet, my backpack, etc. I turned them into lovers of the reincarnated rubber!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My little helper

My 4 year old daughter likes to get involved in my small business as much as possible. I try to include her as safety and time permit. Today I had her help me cut some tubes that I had already sewn together. I marked lines for her to cut. She did a great job and made it more enjoyable!
Two nights ago, she helped me clean out a bag full of tubes that I cut open. She was a great scrubber! We used liquid castile soap in the bathtub.
Sage helps cut some small zipper pouches