by ame » Apr 14, 2015 Last year I found what has become just about the perfect carryon bag for me. DH and I DO NOT check bags except in the most extreme scenarios (like, I bought a lot of stuff that I can't easily ship home and checking a bag is my only option). The only negative about it is that it doesn't have a long strap. I don't consider it a huge strike, but DH complains like crazy about that little oversight in the design. So I asked about the possibility of adding one when I spoke with a friend of a friend who is a seamstress and she is going to help me reinforce my this bag so I can add a long strap to it. I LOVE this bag, the Catalina from Lo and Sons, like an unnatural love. I can get a whole week's trip in that sucker with room to spare, and DH has a fit that I love it so much. So I figured out that if we add some strap material along the end seams, inside and out, and loop a ring around some on the outside seam, we can add a long strap--which I found on Clare Vivier's site that should match pretty close in materials, save for the hardware color (I don't care if that doesn't match). That way DH can have his long strap, and I can detach it when I use it. WIN. WIN. I think, anyway. I hope DH is happy. I felt like this was a worthy amendment bec I really like this bag. I sent her my "diagram" and the photos of the items, and she said it should work perfectly based on how the regular straps are sewn on. I am going to obtain the materials this week and she will handle the sewing (I can't sew to save my life.) I am so excited. Have you ever bought an item, such as this, and later "amended it" to work better for you? Often I just return the things that won't work, and rebuy what will. But I really like this particular bag and refused to return it.