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« on: October 30, 2006 02:39:02 PM »

I drive a 1974 Vespa (when the weather's nice), and I love it except for the complete lack of storage space. There's a "glovebox" inside the seat that's just barely big enough for a bottle of oil and a spark plug... not really anywhere to put lunch, a bottle of water, or anything else. So I made this:

A friend taught me how to attatch a grocery bag under the seat so that it hangs by the floorboard (by your feet), which works well except that grocery bags aren't terribly sturdy, and I'd hate to lose all my stuff in the middle of the street, so this one is a little more permanent.

It's not quite done yet, I still have to finish the strap. The seat hinges upwards at the front, so to secure the bag I just lift up the seat, connect the strap with one of those plastic clips (like on a bicycle helmet) and close the seat to sandwitch the strap in place.

I plan on making another one, with a cell phone holder and magnets so it stays in place and doesn't swing back and forth when I turn (the bike leans into turns), so if anyone else drives a smallframe, they're welcome to the "prototype" Smiley

Here's the bag off the bike:

Also, if anyone has any tips/tricks for sewing zippers around corners, I had a heck of a time with that. I ended up hand-sewing part of it because I couldn't get the sewing machine in such a tight space.

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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2006 06:15:11 PM »

Love that fabric. Nice job. The easiest way to curve a zipper around a corner is to sew it into a gusset first- easy as pie that way.
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2006 06:18:07 PM »

no tips but thats an awesome idea!
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2006 06:54:39 PM »

i love it.
what a fabulous idea!

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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2006 06:55:08 PM »

That looks awesome and the fabric works really well with the color of the scooter. Very cool.  Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2006 06:59:20 PM »

I love it!  My husband rides a 79 Vespa and he usually uses a messenger bag.  But this is a great solution.

« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2006 07:04:37 PM »

  Shocked May I pretty please have your darling Vespa? lol. Great work on the bag. Such a creative idea  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2006 07:19:46 PM »

that is really cool. great job!

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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2006 10:56:31 PM »

I really like this bag!  It's especially great because you made it to fit exactly as you needed it.  The fabric adds a great "pop" of color! Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2006 12:55:14 AM »

That is amazingly Cool, such a great idea.  I love it!  I have a scooter too, I reckon I'll have go at making something similar.

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