The last thing I made before my ill-fated trip to pick up my Brompton (no Brompton yet; see previous post) was another flap for my S bag:
The Brompton S bag, has a removable cover, so I’ve been entertaining myself by making custom flaps. This one is Cordura (1000 weight) in chrome yellow and dark green. The strip — bend dexter, in heraldry — is ornamented with Demeritwear badges, which I enthusiastically collect.
Deciding how to arrange them took some fiddling:
As you can see, I originally went for bend sinister, but decided against it. Nothing sinister going on here, no sir.
The main part of the flap pattern was re-drawn, cut to make room for the green strip, and the strip sewn into the resulting seams. I was concerned that sewing the band directly on top of a complete yellow flap might make the flap too stiff across the area of the stripe.
Each of the badges has some personal meaning, but, together, they make for a colorful, distinctive, decoration for my bag. Besides, they’re just plain fun!
Other than the badge band, construction was identical to my previous flaps. (You can see most of the assembly process here.) I did add the heavy vinyl to the interior; the Cordura, on its own, wasn’t quite heavy enough when lined, as it was, only with ripstop nylon.
Pictures on the Brompton, eventually, when it arrives.