I don't have any photos, but I scored some old chainsaw chaps from the dumpster at my work, and I turned them into a sort of cargo belt. They already clip around your waist so I just cut the legs off at the thighs, folded the fabric up to the belt, and sewed it into 4 separate pouches using waxed cotton thread. Cut the top flaps into triangles and sewed on snaps as fasteners. Best part about it is the fabric is waterproof.
Cutting through the kevlar inside was the hardest part.
Picture something like this but really, really shitty. http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/h88AAOxyyq5TO-kQ/s-l300.jpg
I want to get into leatherworking next. I've got a badass buckskin pouch my great uncle made himself and I want to replicate it because I'm too scared of damaging the original. I thought I might be able to get a deer this year, but looks like I'll be trawling through dumps for old leather sofas.
Oh, and I've been using an empty grain sack as a sleeping pad: when I settle down for the night I stuff it with leaves (bone dry ones). Makes for great waterproof insulation from the ground for your head and torso. And it takes up very little space; compare that to a normal sleeping pad.
See if you can find a copy of "Pacific Crest Trail'' by Ray Jardine. Jardine is one of the founders of Outward Bound: is an elderly dude who does unbelievable shit like sea kayaking the arctic; doing the AT & PCT 24 times, etc. His PCT guide has plans for all DIY trekking gear.
cool - I'm going to go see if I can download to my sadly neglected kindle as I have credits built up (love walking/hiking and listening to an audible book - thank you to bf for giftcard too hehe). This looks like an interesting read and perhaps some good info to pass on. And I like @creature suggestion of remaking that old leather couch left on the curb (meh even pseudo leather as well).
Willow trees have most of the material you need for a framed wicker pack, but I have seen them hybridized with oil treated leather. As for straps and tie downs hemp is a popular choice.
I have resorted to sewing together my own pack out of miscellaneous scrap pieces of fabric and straps. Buy some sewing supplies at Walmart and sit in the front lobby on the floor sewing your pack together, Walmart usually wont kick you out for sewing your gear together in there and if you're sitting on the floor people love to give you money if you look like you need it - been my experience anyways
The first $50 in donations go towards paying our monthly server fees and adding new features to the website. Once this goal is reached, we'll see about feeding Matt that burrito.
Buy Matt a Beer
$10.00 of $75.00
Now that we have the bills paid for this month, let's give Matt a hearty thank you by buying him a drink for all the hard work he's done for StP. Hopefully his will help keep him from going insane after a long day of squishing website bugs.
Feed Matt a Burrito
$10.00 of $100.00
Now that the bills are paid and Matt has a beer in his hand, how about showing him your love by rewarding all his hard work with a big fat burrito to put in his mouth. This will keep him alive while programming new features for the website.
Finance the Shopping Cart
$10.00 of $200.00
Now that the bills are paid and Matt is fed, perhaps it's time to start planning for those twilight years under the bridge... if only he had that golden shopping cart all the oogles are bragging about these days.