OK, pic added. I had to charge the camera battery, so it took a little longer. Here is the wire with the loop, shown both as bare, and with a couple of beads. I need to get the end in a nice loop to put on the chain lengths. Looking for tips on how to make them more circular - mine tend to be wonky.
Another thing you can do is start with a fairly heavy fabric like cotton duck, and fuse-bond it to a lighter liner fabric with fusible web - something high quality like Alene's or Sulky. The fusible web will provide a lot of stability and strength. Then, cut out your pieces, sew it together, and then use a waterproofing sealant for fabrics - this will cover your seam lines too and help the whole backpack resist water. It isn't good enough to put through a river, but might keep the rain out.
I want to make several necklaces with beads and lengths of chain between. I have these small wires with a loop on one end and a straight section for beads. My question is, when you bend the end to make the other loop, how do you make it come out nice and round? Mine seem to be wonky.
You can try it, but you probably won't get as nice a result as you will with a product meant for that purpose. Do you have a Michaels or AC Moore near you? Sometimes they have coupons on their websites that you could use to reduce the cost.
Recycling is a great idea. Using the bits of the front as cut outs, or as background works well. I also cut up the backs and use the blank areas to stamp gift tags. I also cut out the sentiments and remount them on my own cardstock as the front of a new card. Sometimes the inner printing is just as good on the front, especially for things like Happy Birthday, or a nice quote and so on.
I have one friend that (as a running joke), have sent the same card back and forth to each other for several years. Each year we write something new in it. Sometimes I even recycle the envelope too, just to extend the fun a little further.
Another thing you can do is make small quilts. A great way to use up irregular scraps is to sew them together into a "crumb" quilt. Just sew them any which way, then square them up to whatever size you want, then put them together with sashing strips.
I usually make mine one unit wide by one-and-a-half deep (or high). So, a two inch wide pocket is three inches deep. Or an 8-inch wide pocket is 12 inches deep. Seems to do well with proportion.
Another suggestion, cut your fabric square, then pleat to the above formula. When you fold over the top, put a little piece of lingerie elastic in the top hem. It will help keep the pocket flat and closed when worn.