So my girlfriend is off on what will be the first part of what will end up being several months traveling abroad. She wanted to have a journal for the trip, especially something that wouldn't get destroyed being carried around all over the globe. I decided I'd brush the dust off my home-economics classes from middle school and make one myself! I also decided I wanted a way for her to carry and protect a bible with her that's smaller than the encyclopedia sized one she already had. So I drew up some plans on graph paper first to help hash out how I wanted it to work. Then I cut it out full size and taped it together. From there went to beta prototyping with some scrap fabric. Then on to the final version. I picked up some 1000D cordura from Colorado Fabrics along with some ribbon trim, elastic and polyester outdoor thread. I'm used to working with metal and the transition to fabric wasn't entirely smooth, but I persevered and here's the finished product.
I used 4X6" Rite In The Rain notebooks for the journal side. They seemed to be a common size at most of the stores I looked in. Also big enough to write on easily without being too big and bulky.
Added a little pouch on the flap with velcro closure.
I even geeked out to the point of making sure that when it was open that only the fuzzy size of the velcro would be exposed to the user.
That's it. A far cry from First Spear quality, but I'm pretty happy with the end product. I now have a huge piece of purple cordura left over, so I'll probably be making myself a wallet soon, and every other custom gear project I can think of....