Customer Projects

Please send us photos and stories about the projects that you create using our products! We would love to share them on our site, so that other customers will be inspired to create something original as well.

Please include: Project Pictures, Name, and your E-mail address (if you don't mind being contacted by others interested in making something similar.

Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics
123 E. Simplot Blvd
Caldwell, Id 83605

E-mail: owfinc@owfinc.com

Phone: 208.402.0110
Orders: 800.OWF.SHOP (693.7467)
Fax: 800.333.6930 or 208.402.0112

 
 
 

Randy: Neoprene Cycling Booties

Patterned these after two pairs of worn out pairs of booties. One had zip closure and the other more forgiving hook & loop closure.

It’s hard to beat a $20 price for a pair of hook & loop booties but when I went back the store was gone so…then seeing a high end version for $75 I figured something to make.

The pattern is 3 piece. My bike uses clip on pedals. Toe clip pedals may dangerously snag on this material.

The original zipper pair came with 10mm toothed x 7” long zippers. I elected to go with slightly longer 8mm coil zipper with locking pull and the booties go a little further up the leg. Probably could have re-used the zippers.

I used the 3mm neoprene and now that I have these made I think the worn out pairs may have been 2.5mm or less neoprene. Stitching double thickness of the 3mm material took some practice but the old Singer came through.

The obvious wear area is the sole. I tried to incorporate some more durable material there but what I was trying didn’t work so next time I’ll have to find some stretchable durable wear material for the sole edges.

The two colored surface neoprene really helped in keeping the right side wrong side surfaces correctly positioned.

 
 
 
 
 

John "Saint" St. George (Cincinnati, OH): thereelsaint@gmail.com

My dream project was to build a small light pop-up camper that my bike could tow. I had less than 2 years to do it before the Sturgis 75th Anniversary Black Hills Rally (2015) came around. My knees have had it with tents. I wanted something that was off the ground, comfortable and roomy enough to stand up in.

I manage a metal fabrication shop and also do my fair share of design work so I used my spare time to design this camper trailer as well as the tenting for it. The design was done in a 3D modeling program. I had discovered Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics online after a comprehensive online search and decided then that they were the best choice for this project. Their website had a boatload of specifications and detail that allowed for a lot of design planning.

3 months later I began the metal fabrication of the trailer in January 2014 and nibbled at it until I completed the trailer portion in May 2015. The base frame is steel and the walls and poles are aluminum. The sides and top, which fold out to become the floor, are aluminum cladded plywood. I purchased the trailer axle, hitch and lights.

Now came the tent part of the project. I arranged the piece designs to determine the material quantities. I had a few chats with OWF concerning the best fabric choices, durability and weatherability. I felt very comfortable that I was dealing with pros. With the rally fast approaching I only had one shot at this. I placed the order for all the ripstop fabric, vinyl, zippers, hook & loop tape, etc. I printed all the fabric drawings full scale on a plotter for patterns. That took over a week and a couple of rolls of packaging tape to put together. The material arrived quickly and the tracing and the cutting began. The beginning of July I finally began sewing. Two weeks later the sewing done. I was fitting it to the trailer and seam treating it a day before the departure. Yup, down to the wire.

The trailer weighed in at 440lbs. My Heritage pulled it no problem and was able to maintain 80mph (legal limit on South Dakota interstates). The camper is 14-1/2' long, 6-1/2' high inside and 62" wide when erected. The front has both a nylon and screen door. There are five screened windows with zip-up nylon flaps for rain or can be covered with clear vinyl for both storm protection and visibility. All the seams were waterproof treated. It has an accessory flap on the side for the air conditioner. The elevated bed area fits a queen size air mattress and the middle of the room sports a pop-up table. At Sturgis this trailer camper held up like a beast against three storms, one of which had golf ball size hail. The tent material was unscathed. Thanks Lynn and Dale.

 
 
 
 
 

Paul Morris: Columbus, Ohio pdmelroy7@sbcglobal.net

Cat Cut Tarp Project. Being used on the trail above a Bivy sack and sleeping bag.

 
 
 
 

Elliott Wolin: ewolin@gmail.com

(1) Me in uncoated Taslan nylon mountain parka.

(2) In the Denali backcountry we used a three-person tarp (silnylon), pitched very low to the ground due to the constant high winds.

(3) Uncoated 1.1 ripstop wind suits in the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

(4) Lightweight 5-6 person pyramid tarp I made for our trip to Alaska (silnylon, noseeum perimeter, silnylon ground cloth not shown). We used it in campgrounds, all that space was luxurious for three.

(5) Two- and three- person tarps (silnylon) with bug tents underneath (noseeum netting, silnylon floors) for the 90+ mile Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier in Washington state.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Todd Madsen: Parallel 43 Outdoor Adventure Gear

Just wanted to say thanks for providing us a place to make small orders of the materials we need.

We're working on starting a small company selling ultralight hammocks and tarps and you've allowed us to develop prototypes without having to spend hundreds of dollars on rolls of fabric.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Christopher Buchakjian: Windsock Installation

Made from 1.1 oz breathable Ripstop (RIPB1.1 GRN). These Images are part of an upcoming exhibition in Chicago.

Photographers: Dan Price and Selva Aparacio.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Sue Oldani: Ann Arbor, Michigan

A custom fit kayak cockpit cover made with OWF - PTEC3 CHAR; Polartec 3 layer waterproof/breathable Charcoal.

Much superior to anything you can buy

 
 
 
 

Daniel Vogel-Essex: Papoose Backpack

Papoose is a backpack designed for "sport" style rock climbing. Sport climbing has a specific set of needs which differ from other types of climbing, and this backpack addresses those needs specifically. The project was presented the Director's Choice award during the 2007 senior showcase at DAAP. It also won an award from IDSA. Please visit www.dvedesign.com for more details.

The prototypes were made exclusively with fabric from OWF. The people at OWF are always super helpful and of course have excellent products. Its hard to find technical fabric intended for outdoor products, and OWF has an excellent selection. I recommend keeping a complete set of samples from OWF on hand when working on any project; it will serve as inspiration!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Michael: Tipi

I want to thank you for all the help you gave me when ordering the fabric and extra's. I ordered 1.1oz Silnylon 2nd', in blue/gray a few months ago.

I made the pattern and cut out the fabric. The lady that was going to sew it up got really sick and couldn't sew, so I bought a $100. Kenmore sewing machine and thought I would try it. This is my 1st sewing project and came out better than I thought. the Tipi is 7'4" with a 12' octagon base. The tipi weights 2lb's 4 oz. netting is 10 oz when needed, pole is 14oz, stakes are 5 oz.

Again, I just want to thank you for all your help while ordering everything I needed and getting advice. I sent a few pic's of your fabric at work.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Frank E. Perron, Jr.
Polar Research Solutions, LLC
8597 Pomfret Road
North Pomfret, VT  05053
(802) 457-3402

I bought a lot of material from your company last year and I finally have some photos for your web site.

The bags were made to ship and handle drill string (extensions) for polar snow core drilling and collecting.  The windscreens I designed, developed, and manufactured are to shield the drillers from the constant winds that blow on the polar ice sheets.  The white one is set up in my yard, the red ones pictured were used in Antarctica this last winter (summer for them).

Thanks again for all of your help last summer.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Matt Gilbert: Ultralight Backpack
mttgilbert@gmail.com

The pictures show the ultralight backpack I made. It was inspired by the Gossamer Gear G4 pack, but was designed to be simpler, lighter, and more compact. 

The pack is made from 1.1oz Ripstop sil-nylon, uncoated 1.3oz Ripstop nylon, and heavier Cordura in high wear and reinforced areas. Overall the pack weighs 8.5 ounces and will hold approximately 30 liters of gear. This pack was designed to be part of a backpacking setup that has a base weight of about 6 pounds. The pack uses a Thermarest Z-Lite as the frame; there is a pocket on the inside of the bag to accommodate the pad. There is an extra loop and pocket to hold a water reservoir against the frame compartment.  The shoulder straps and waist belt have compartments that accept extra socks, underwear, or other garments to provide the padding. There are three external pockets used primarily for rain gear and water bottles. The whole pack is encompassed by a unified compression binding to help hold smaller loads. The shoulder straps have small mesh pockets to hold bars, goos, or a compass as necessary.

I hope you can use this!


 
 
 
 

Dennis Waite, Ed.D.
Director, Phoenix Consultation
www.phoenixconsultation.com

Hi folks,

Just thought I'd send a few photos of some projects made from materials ordered from OWF over the last few years.

1) Sledbag for an 8' bed cargo dogsled
2) Winter tent with wood stove jack made of silnylon - super light!



 
 
 
 

Sharon Landrum: Backyard Canopy

My backyard canopy is holding up great! The kids love sitting under it when there is a breeze, it fills up like a parachute. At night my deck light lights it up. 

Here is how I made the canopy:

Using coated 1.9oz Nylon ripstop,  My deck is 19 x 19 feet so I bought wholesale and owfinc cut the lengths for me.  They were VERY helpful. I sewed the 60" strips together making a big square using polyester thread, sealed the seams put aside to dry.  Installed six hooks. Three in brick wall and one atop each wooden post that I cemented in the center and two ends of deck.  I then took the square out and marked where I would put the 6 Grommets (1 in each corner and center of poll and opposite side). I did not put support on all sides due to rain runoff, (I have no gutters) this keeps it from puddling on canopy.   I reinforced the ripstop with  6 inch x 6 inch canvas squares on both sides of material where I was placing the grommets for strength.   Once I got the grommets in I put them over the hooks to check the fit. Now only thing left is to hem the canopy.  For the center support I use an extension pole placed in table instead of the umbrella.

Make your own and then enjoy!

 
 
 
 

Swift Industries
Martina Brimmer & Jason Goodman
Seattle WA 
http://builtbyswift.com

Hello Lynn and Dale and OWF!
I have been meaning to write to you folks for so long to thank you for helping us get our business started. I'm inspired, having read your 'history' page on the (wonderful new) website, to let you know that your company's vision to enable small companies and hobbie outdoor gear makers lives on.
We have a three person pannier company in Seattle, and we started right in our living room too. It would have been impossible to get our small business off the ground without your supplies and pricing.In this economy of large distributers you've made it possible to grow steadily and confidently over the past three years. Thank you!

Swift Industries is a small bicycle pannier company based in Seattle Washington. Born from a love of making our own gear and our obsession with the bicycle, Swift Industries has been creating custom bike bags for over three years. We owe special thanks for Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics for offering small crafters like us the opportunity to pursue our creative endeavors! 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Dave Stimac
This is a racing sled bag built for a friend.
Custom sled bags and much more available from:
www.dgearpacks.com

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Linda Sell
QuickSilver Flyball Team

I have purchased a number of yards of material from you over the last 5 years for a repeated project that I have made. I participate in a dog sport called Flyball which has 2 teams of 4 dogs competing against one another in a relay race over hurdles. The dogs must individually go down the course 51 feet long, over 4 hurdles, trigger a box and retrieve the ball and then return to the start / stop line before the next dog can cross. A parallel course for the other team is adjacent and running simultaneously. The winning team is the team where all 4 dogs successfully perform fastest. Part of the equiptment used on the course is a backstop at the box end to contain any loose rolling balls, channel any wayward dogs and generally keep things on course. I made a collapsable lightweight PVC framework and used coated pack cloth to cover it to make a lightweight, easily storable and portable backstop for this purpose. It is easy to clean, durable, tear resistent, bright colored and professional looking and can even be silk screened for decoration. At our 2012 North American Flyball Association Can Am Tournament held in Indiannapolis IN, there were over 200 teams competing in 6 simultaneous rings, and each ring needed a set of backstops, which I made. These are in the 4 th year of use now so they hold up well too! This next year we are moving to have 7 rings so I will be making an additional set soon! Many of the teams from around the country have asked me for directions on how to make them, ( I do not make and sell them) and I have supplied the directions to them willingly. And I have always told them where I got the material from, as you have a great selection, price and are easy to work with.
Not your usual project but very versatile! Similar to the wind screens another customer made and could be adapted to many purposes.

Thank you for your ongoing service and materials.

Click here for detailed instructions

 
       
       

 

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