Shortly after I got married I made some curtains and a tablecloth out of this material. They weren't very successful curtains. I retired them when we finally managed to strip the existing sparkly gold, silver and brown metallic wallpaper off our dining room walls. The previous owner had put it up in the '70's. Well after all, it went well with the plastic wagon wheel chandelier. No, I'm not kidding! o I retired the fabric. Several times my husband has tried to retire the remaining curtain further to the donation bag, asking me patiently what I might ever use it for. But I loved it so much I held onto it.
Is this fabric vintage yet? I bought it at Calico Corners in 1980.
One day that same husband came home with a new laptop computer in a plastic drawstring backpack/sack. It was the first time I'd seen this clever creation. I've made a few now and my wonderful tablecloth has made the best so far. I particularly like this little piece of lampshade trim bead strip. Outside only! It has a lining made out of various pieces of scrap and some quilt batting.
I typically walk for groceries (not an entire weeks worth mind you) and since I made the pack nice and long, it holds a fair amount of groceries. Sometimes more than I want on my mile and a half back home.
Though many examples I've seen using a grommet, I've found in this, and others, that a little gross grain ribbon tab and a key ring (look at first photo) work just great when well sewn tightly in. I pin and try on, checking the fit a couple of times in a mirror. Placement of the ring for each pack seems to work out differently, depending on fabric, lining, etc. Maybe the cord too. If you sew it in at the wrong place it hangs funny on your back. And it doesn't look cute!
Upholstery cord works a lot better for me than the thiner kind sold with ribbon. It's more comfortable on my shoulders.
I've already remodeled the carrier for the casing that the upholstery cord runs through. I saved this pretty ribbon from a not-so-successful belt. Love it here.
I buy 3 yards of cord (it runs through twice) and usually cut some off. It also stretches over time as I use it so I have to pull it out, cut it down and re knot it.
When I put the backpack on I usually pull a little on the cord to get it balanced. You have to sort of get the hang of it over time. Just make sure the cord runs through the casing freely.
A key ring sewn inside in the top is handing for clipping things to as well. I don't have a photo.
I've seen several tutorials on the web if I google "drawstring backpack".