Here is where we feature some of our great customer's projects. We hope these images inspire you to create some of your own. If you do come up with an exciting creation we encourage you to contact us and have your project featured on our site to inspire others.
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Randy - Neoprene Cycling Booties
"Patterned these after two pairs of worn out pairs of booties. One had zip closure and the other more forgiving hook & loop closure. It’s hard to beat a $20 price for a pair of hook & loop booties but when I went back the store was gone so…then seeing a high end version for $75 I figured something to make. The pattern is 3 piece. My bike uses clip on pedals. Toe clip pedals may dangerously snag on this material. The original zipper pair came with 10mm toothed x 7” long zippers. I elected to go with slightly longer 8mm coil zipper with locking pull and the booties go a little further up the leg. Probably could have re-used the zippers. I used the 3mm neoprene and now that I have these made I think the worn out pairs may have been 2.5mm or less neoprene. Stitching double thickness of the 3mm material took some practice but the old Singer came through. The obvious wear area is the sole. I tried to incorporate some more durable material there but what I was trying didn’t work so next time I’ll have to find some stretchable durable wear material for the sole edges. The two colored surface neoprene really helped in keeping the right side wrong side surfaces correctly positioned. Thanks Lynn for a good source of material and other bits and bobs."
John "Saint" St. George - Lightweight Pop Up Camper
"My dream project was to build a small light pop-up camper that my bike could tow. I had less than 2 years to do it before the Sturgis 75th Anniversary Black Hills Rally (2015) came around. My knees have had it with tents. I wanted something that was off the ground, comfortable and roomy enough to stand up in.
I manage a metal fabrication shop and also do my fair share of design work so I used my spare time to design this camper trailer as well as the tenting for it. The design was done in a 3D modeling program. I had discovered Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics online after a comprehensive online search and decided then that they were the best choice for this project. Their website had a boatload of specifications and detail that allowed for a lot of design planning. 3 months later I began the metal fabrication of the trailer in January 2014 and nibbled at it until I completed the trailer portion in May 2015. The base frame is steel and the walls and poles are aluminum. The sides and top, which fold out to become the floor, are aluminum cladded plywood. I purchased the trailer axle, hitch and lights.
Now came the tent part of the project. I arranged the piece designs to determine the material quantities. I had a few chats with OWF concerning the best fabric choices, durability and weatherability. I felt very comfortable that I was dealing with pros. With the rally fast approaching I only had one shot at this. I placed the order for all the ripstop fabric, vinyl, zippers, hook & loop tape, etc. I printed all the fabric drawings full scale on a plotter for patterns. That took over a week and a couple of rolls of packaging tape to put together. The material arrived quickly and the tracing and the cutting began. The beginning of July I finally began sewing. Two weeks later the sewing done. I was fitting it to the trailer and seam treating it a day before the departure. Yup, down to the wire.
The trailer weighed in at 440lbs. My Heritage pulled it no problem and was able to maintain 80mph (legal limit on South Dakota interstates). The camper is 14-1/2' long, 6-1/2' high inside and 62" wide when erected. The front has both a nylon and screen door. There are five screened windows with zip-up nylon flaps for rain or can be covered with clear vinyl for both storm protection and visibility. All the seams were waterproof treated. It has an accessory flap on the side for the air conditioner. The elevated bed area fits a queen size air mattress and the middle of the room sports a pop-up table. At Sturgis this trailer camper held up like a beast against three storms, one of which had golf ball size hail. The tent material was unscathed.
Thanks Lynn and Dale"
Chris's - Windsock Installation
1.1oz breathable green ripstop was used for these windsocks. The installation was part of an exhibition in Chicago. The photographers were Dan Price and Selva Aparacio.