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« on: May 29, 2008 09:19:20 PM »

I was so excited about finishing this I just had to post it. Sorry for the crappy flash pictures.

I really needed a bigger bag, so I made myself a backpack.


The front (under the fringed flap)



With a zipper pocket.


The lining. There's an open-top pocket on the front, and another zipper pocket on the back. I love this fabric, even though it's all Little House on the Prairie


The back of the backpack has a big open-top pocket too.


It's a shoulder bag.

But take the strap (made from an old necktie) out of the D-rings...


Run it through the loop in the back...


And back through the D-rings...


And it's a backpack!

I can't wait to wear it. I tried taking pictures in the mirror of myself wearing it, needless to say I have only lovely photos of the top of my dresser and my ample hips (do I really look like that from the back? Blech!) I'm not too happy with how the bias tape around the top looks, I probably won't do that again. Do you think I should do something to the side edges of the flap?
I'll be making another couple of these, so I could post a tutorial if anyone's interested.
Thanks for looking Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2008 09:53:33 PM »

I like it the way it is. Maybe add something on the flap like an emblem, applique, flower, teddy bear, skull. What kind of fabric is that stripe?
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2008 03:43:32 AM »

What a great use of an old tie!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2008 04:27:20 PM »

It's canvas/upholstery fabric, very textured. I hesitated to put anything on it as the stripes are raised, you can't tell the texture from the pictures. I might be able to draw something on the canvassy parts....hmm... thanks for the idea Smiley
I use a lot of old ties this way, they make great straps.
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2008 05:22:59 PM »

I agree, the flap needs something - maybe a large flowered brooch the same color as the stripes. Otherwise it looks great.
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2008 05:53:54 PM »

I was thinking of pinning on a silk flower. Since it's canvas maybe embroider some flowers on one or two stripes. Some beads along the top of the fringe. The problem with some of those is I would rub against them or pull on them a little too much.
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2008 09:02:36 AM »

Pinning on a silk flower would be really cute, actually. Hmm, you're just full of good ideas Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2008 10:55:42 AM »

love it.
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2008 06:12:16 AM »

Thank you Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2009 05:48:30 AM »

I love your convertible backpack!  I am in the process of TRYING (!!) to make one... did you happen to post a tute on yours?  And did you post pics of any others that you made?  I like the style of yours!

Thanks for sharing!

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