CRESTVIEW — James Altvater's eyes stayed glued to his sewing machine needle Wednesday as he meticulously put the finishing stitches on what he calls a "Catch All Bag."

Altvater, a disabled veteran and owner of Hub City Outdoors, said it was a common annoyance to misplace gear in the seemingly bottomless pit of a military grade duffel bag. It wasn't until after his service, however, he decided to invent items to help his fellow comrades.

"I always hated having things scattered about," Altvater said. "I came up with simple solutions for storage and organization, whether that be for military filed use, civilian camping or general use. The goal is to keep it simple without all the extra flair."

Catch All Bags, an organizational draw string pouch, is one of Altvater's original designs. The owner uses recycled duffels to create the three-piece set of the bags, which sell for $40. Customers can also purchase the bags made with new materials for $45.

"The Catch Alls come in three different sizes," he said. "I make almost all of my products out of recycled materials. It's about taking things that are considered junk or have been sitting around for 20 years after you get out of the Army and making it new. It's about giving it new life."

Altvater's collection also includes straps, zip-up pencil case-style canvas bags and more.

What's unique about his products, Altvater said, are the deep connection they have with the veterans who previously owned the recycled gear. Alvater said he tries to include the names and details imprinted on the materials into his designs.

"Unique to duffel bags in the military are that they mark them," Altvater explained. "So, you get a unique piece of that person when you purchase the gear."

Hub City Outdoors is currently run out of Altvater's garage, but he hopes to open a brick and mortar once he designs enough products to fill the store. The business owner said inspiration for new products is everywhere.

"Nothing I make I make with one single use in mind," Altvater said. "My friend uses them to hold her knitting supplies, while I use the same bags to hold my shirts, pans and socks and skivvies when I go camping. It's all about seeing what works and making it work for how you need it to."

The products can be purchased at www.hubcityoutdoors.com.