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I asked a neighbor of mine if he might be able to help me with my computer. It has a few bugs and needed someone who is knowledgeable to fix it. Of course, Ninja Man can do ANYthing but it is rather stressful for him and I was hoping to save him the grief he would get from me when he began to utter stressful noises while at my beloved keyboard.

My neighbor Jeremy said he would be happy to work on it and he actually had something I could help him with in exchange. We bartered (LOVE IT!) my sewing for his computer skills! I love, love, love bartering!

Jeremy needed portable storage for his vinyl Jeep windows. The storage included a bag that would house layers of felt that protect the windows when not in use. Jeremy outlined the project, gave dimensions and provided online references for the storage bag and felt linings.

We shopped for materials and here’s the final product:

The bag is resting on the top of the convertible roof.

One end of the bag is sewn closed in a circle while the other has a casing with a drawstring that closes with a cord stop.
Jeremy found straps with buckles at Bass Pro Shop and I used them on the ends so he could attach the bag to the base of the Jeep’s rollbar. I sewed the straps over and over again, reinforcing with an X within a square so they would be as secure as possible.
Below is the felt and windows. I loved working with it! I sewed ties on it so he could roll it up and keep it closed while he puts it in the bag.
Four layers of felt keep the windows from getting scratched. You’ll see in the following pix that they are all tucked inside here!
Under each layer is another window… there are three windows, one larger than the other two.

And now he has a sweet window bag for his Jeep! There is plenty of vinyl left for additional things if he decides he needs or wants more storage.

Purchasing a bag like this could cost nearly $100 after taxes and shipping. We were able to do it for just over $30 in materials.

I’m all about bargains, and bartering is great in these tough economic times! Can’t get much better than free!
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