Instagram Stories – Duffle Cut & Prep

Instagram has rolled out this new fandangled feature called “Stories”. I’m getting a bit old these days so am not up with the latest technologies or social media “hot things” but am told Instagram Stories is much like SnapChat. What it allows is is quick glimpses into daily activities, which only stays up for 24 hours.

My phone hasn’t updated to the latest version yet so I am unable to really play around with the feature. However both Jesse and Simon have it on their phone, and have given Instagram Stories a go for BOgear. Earlier this week they shared a Behind The Scenes look at the preparation and cutting for our batch of Dufflays.

If you missed it, don’t worry… I’ve semi-recreated it below! Enjoy a Behind The Scenes look into our Dufflay preparation

freshly marked linerFirst step is to create a “Marker”. This is all the pattern pieces nested together on a single layer. In our studio this is hand drawn, and is usually drawn onto a sheet of paper. Paper is more accurate as you can use a very thin pen giving a thin line to trace your cutting blade along. However in the above image we drew directly onto the fabric.

We then lay multiple layers of fabric on top of each other, creating a stack or lay.

cut linerNext step is to start cutting. In this instance we use our 8 inch cutter which can cut all the layers of fabric at once.

cut liner top downAnd from above you can see Simon following the lines, ensuring all bags in the lay are cut accurately. If you make a mistake during this process you don’t just lose the bag you are cutting, but every single one in the lay below. Needless to say Jesse and Simon nail it every single time!

staplingLining has now been completely cut and so Jesse and Simon begin the same process for the exterior. In the above photo a stack or lay has already been created, with the marker on top. They are now stapling it down to hold the stack together during the cutting process.

staplerThis stapler is worth its weight in gold. It does a fantastic job of holding the lay together, and as it is air-powered punches through even the thickest of lays with ease. We generally can only use it on a lay which has more than 10 lays of fabric in it, otherwise the staples are too long and punches through the table.

In the lining example we didn’t use this stapler – instead we used simple “Bulldog Clips”. We used these as the stack was thinner.

From here the photos run out, but we then cut the exterior, and mark as necessary, before getting them up onto the sewing machines for stitching together!

Can’t wait to see these Duffles all completed and out the door!

Categories: Behind the Scenes, Duffle Bags, Our Gear

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