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Thread: Pen pockets for the Side Effect

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    Pen pockets for the Side Effect

    When I received my first Side Effect (a handsome olive parapack/UV fellow), my one disappointment was that it had no pen pockets. Now, admittedly the interior pockets are rather too shallow for a standard-length pen, but they are more than wide enough for my iPhone - indeed, it tended to slide around and threaten to slide out!

    So - sacrilege though it might be! - I decided to add my own...

    Here's the SE pre-modifications, turned inside-out so you can see everything clearly:

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    On the left is my iPhone 5 with a Boxwave stylus, and on the right an extra-small Moleskine with a Zebra telescoping ballpoint. I keep the stylus out of the way since I don't use it every day, whereas the pen is in a central position for quick access.

    I placed pins between the phone and stylus and between the notebook and pen, then loaded a needle with extra-strong thread and got to work!

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    To make life easy, I followed the lines in the dyneema - this meant that my stitches weren't quite parallel to the existing ones, but at least they're in a straight line

    Following Tom's example, I triple-stitched the top couple of centimetres for extra strength. Here's the finished results, with everything back in place:

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    And here's the Side Effect turned right-side out and refilled with my everyday stuff.

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    Now my phone fits snugly, and my pen and notebook stay in their places instead of sliding over one another. Of course I'm not suggesting that this should be a standard design feature, but it suits me well enough that I'll probably do it to my other SEs.

    (Note: I actually did this a few weeks ago, but I wanted to wait and see how it held up before showing it off )
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    scribe, you have nerves of steel. I wish I could bring myself to do the same thing.
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    scribe that is such a nice idea, thank you very much for sharing! When the Side Effect is become more availble again, so that I can replace mine if it is not going well, I am going to try it out. I am not as brave as you but you gave me some Ideas by this which I am going to try out. Thanks for taking "step by step" pictures.

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    @scribe, that is an awesome idea! Too bad I have no sewing skills and even less courage when it comes to potentially messing up a TB bag. Hmm... my mother sews... wonder if I can trust her with my SE?
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    Nicely done!

    I thought about trying this as I looked at your pictures, but then reconsidered after imagining sewing my Side Effect together down the middle where I want the pen pocket...after having turned it inside out!

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    But maverick it even looks great inside out so no real problem there ;-)

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    Darcy, could we have this pen pocket (would work wonderfully for lip balm as well!) incorporated into the Side Effect?


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