Google, of course, is a wealth of knowledge and he had already done a lot of research and knew what he wanted. I had him make a card board cut out of the space where this bag could go. He actually went about five steps further and indicated exactly where the zippers should go and where the velcro should go. After a quick meeting I was able to get all the information I needed to make the perfect bag for him.
With the cut out I was able to create pattern pieces on Swedish Tracing Paper. I then made a sort of muslin of the bag not only to make sure I was competent in assembling this thing, but also to measure how much fabric we needed.
I used Cordura 500 Denier fabric and heavy duty sport zippers. There is 2" velcro on all sides for him to attach the bag to his bike. My friend requested three pockets, the small one I mentioned above, a large main pocket and a lower pocket for tools and such. Some frame bags have a velcro piece to separate these pockets, but he didn't need to have the option of combining the inner pockets. My friend also requested a nice patch to be attached on either side for a bit of personalization. I wasn't sure if my little Brother could handle this, in addition to the thick Cordura 500D fabric, but it handled like a dream. All is takes is the right needle! (With this knowledge, I just might revive my Haunted Mansion purse!) We purchased most of the supplies from rockywoods.com.
Wanna see pictures of my masterpiece?!
Get me from my good side, darling.Another addition I made to the bag was I lined the side panels and slipped thick pieces of foam between the layers to provide structure to the bag. I am mighty proud of this bag. I truly hope it is nice and durable, but time shall tell. My friend also sent me a picture of the bag uniting with it's life partner: