Well Faux Leather can Be Awesome...Make Your Something Custom for YOU
All the supplies came from www.Gstreetfabrics.com
Regular Sewing Machine with Leather Sewing Needles by Schmetz... number 18 for many layers
To Fit on the back sissy bar of a Harley Motorcycle
Detachable sling bag strap with neoprene padded shoulder and swivel hooks to attach to side D rings
zippers (3) 2 way on front pocket
large one way on side of bag and medium on inner neoprene suede back lining.
Front pocket 2 way zip for sunglasses/gloves/small
items--sewn in netting pocket with toggle draw to separate sunglasses and gloves.
At this point the bag itself is 2 layers of faux leather, then inside there is a neoprene lining of entire bag and you are looking at the hand stitching of the arrow tabs and D hooks for the swivel hooks to attach to for the detachable side sling strap.
I had no pattern, just a piece of cardboard outline of the sissy bar that this would be attached to.
I used Coats and Clark Outdoor Exterior thread for all the handwork-UV protected and good for Sails and outdoor canvas work. I had an awl, and a palm thimble that I used for my experimental shoework.
The palm thimble I have had a while, the awl I got at G Street. The hand leather needles I got from a universal repair pack of hand needles at G Street Fabrics.
The back straps are webbing we sell all widths and fibers for tote making. We have parachute clips in black and white 1" and 2". The swivel hooks I purchased there for the strap. We have leather, but the fellow purchased faux leather and I doubled it for added stability so I would not have to put any kind of interfacing structure for it to stand up. I doubled all pieces wrong side together and then sewed the bag pieces together. Then inside the bag the seams are exposed but I lined it with the neoprene with the suedeback out so when reaching in the bag you are feeling and seeing only suede.
The lining zips shut separate from the outer bag zipper. I just thought that looked cooler than just a lining.
This is looking in the bag when you first unzip the outer zipper.
One drawstring netting bag for wetdry clothes, and miscellaneous-(similar to the sewn in netting lining of the front zipper pocket) and one suede drawstring bag for the detachable slingbag style strap with swivel hooks. All bags having a 2 hole cord lock on their drawstring. The edging around this whole bag was a foldover trim of the same faux leather handstitched on the entire bag and the arrow heads at the strap hook catches.
I am not saying anything is inexpensive in total....but the cool faux leather we have is only 15.00 a yard... that is a piece 54 by 36 inches for 15.00---------- All the D rings-cordlocks-cording-netting-lining-zippers-swivel hooks-strapping- added to $78.00 for this bag... would have been more with parachute buckles, but exactly custom to fit the sissybar. You can make your item to meet your special needs and customize whatever way you want... ONE OF A KIND
We have all kinds of faux leather for incredibly awesome things if you want to give it a try.
My first experience with faux leather lined with soft vinyl was my really fun Tote Fabric Bag...
This combines quilting on pocket..tote handles of folded faux leather and a soft faux leather shoulder strap inside attached to D-rings for when it is filled to the top and you need added shoulder support after shopping spree - LOL
You can also combine Faux Leather and Fabric with a Clear Plastic cover as in my fun Laundry Bag... it stands by itself, is lightweight and is great at the laundromat....
and also works for vinyl lined and clear plastic covered fun Beach Bags(just wipe and dump out that sand after the beach)
take your lunch and wet dry clothes for your paddling trips