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Make Your Own Perfect Pocket Gadget Organizer!!!

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by amspratt, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. amspratt

    amspratt Loaded Pockets

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    For the past couple of years I've been keeping my front left pocket clutter-free with a simple elastic pouch. I love it so much that I decided to share the joy with you fine folks! Here's how to make one for an investment of about $2 and 15 minutes.

    1. Determine what gadgets you want to keep in your organizer.
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    2. Decide on the ideal layout using a sophisticated digital design program.
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    3. Determine the necessary size of each compartment. For objects that are mostly round I take the width and add about 50%, and for flatter stuff (key fob) I take the width and add about 20%.
    4. Find the total length of elastic required. I do this by adding up the width of all the compartments, doubling it, and adding 6mm for the central stitch (which needs to be very strong). I ended up needing about 235mm.
    5. Go get a length of elastic and borrow your Mom's sewing machine and some thread in the color of your choice.
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    6. Mark the compartments on the elastic with a pencil.
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    7. Fold over the elastic so there's a ~2mm overlap where the central seem will be; hold it in place using the handyman's secret weapon: staples!
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    8. Sew the central seam with a wide stitch (note: these pics include a pen loop that I didn't like very much, so just ignore that part. The finished product has a simpler loop that works a lot better).
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    9. Sew the additional seams with a regular stitch. Note: for all seems, go over it a few times to make sure it's sturdy. I do at least three passes every time, and I've never had a seam fail on me.
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    10. Trim away any excess material with a razor blade.
    11. Load up your gadgets.
    12. Admire your handiwork while enjoying a cool beverage.
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  2. DRPoolio

    DRPoolio Loaded Pockets

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    Very nice OP, great work!
     
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  3. JHGM

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    Approved.

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  4. Eagle Scout
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    Awesome. Any way to work a suspension clip onto that masterpiece? Off to CL to find a sewing machine!
     
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  5. theirishboxer

    theirishboxer Loaded Pockets

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    its threads like these that make me wish i was crafty
     
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  6. amspratt

    amspratt Loaded Pockets

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    I think it would be pretty easy to sew a loop of gutted paracord onto the back which could then be attached to the suspension clip of your choice. It would need to be done first so that it wouldn't sew shut any of the sleeves, but otherwise shouldn't pose any problems. Id love to see what you come up with.


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  7. TECENG
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    TECENG Loaded Pockets

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    I wish I could afford a nice CAD package like yours :p

    Seriously though, nice post!
     
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  8. amspratt

    amspratt Loaded Pockets

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    Perhaps an easier approach would be to sew in another small pocket at whichever end you'd like the suspension clip attached, then trim it down on either side until you can fit a split ring around it.

    Edit: see attached technical schematic[​IMG]
     
  9. blkthunder

    blkthunder Loaded Pockets

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    Your technical drawings are the best!
     
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  10. madlag

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    Greta work indeed!


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  11. Sriracha

    Sriracha Loaded Pockets

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    Very nice work. I have fantasies about such a product. I have no sewing skills or machine. Maybe I can go into a tailor and show them this. My tech drawings won't be as good as yours, of course. I could imagine the confusion of the tailor as I proceed to do a pocket dump on their table as I grunt and motion towards a spool of 2 inch elastic. I would purchase one of these for a reasonable price. How long does it hold up before the elastic gives up the ghost? Nice stuff amigo.
     
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  12. amspratt

    amspratt Loaded Pockets

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    Hey Sriracha. I find that the elastic wears very well. I had my last one for about 1 1/2 years. It was still going strong, and I would guess that it would have lasted another two or three years with daily use. What all are you hoping to hold in yours?