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Topic: convertable backpack/messenger bag  (Read 5624 times)
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« on: October 11, 2010 11:55:32 PM »

Iíve been swamped at work, mostly on upholstery projects, but I managed to find some downtime to make something for myself.

I can wear this bag as a backpack or as a messenger bag. The latter will be perfect for keeping my back cool and having access to my stuff while riding my bike, and it will be great to be able to carry my load on both my shoulders. Of course another essential factor is that the bag looks good.

It measures 11″ wide and 14″ tall. Not too big, but my laptop will fit in if I ever need to carry it aroundÖ or a 6-pack of beer. The bag has one long strap that runs through two loops at the top. If I pull the strap in the center, itís a messenger bag. If I pull the strap through the underside of the loops I can wear it on my back. There are snaps on the straps to keep them in place.

Itís made out of a durable red twill and lined with a grey and white floral cotton I got at Fabric Planet. I think the twill will age really well, so it will keep getting cooler the more I use it.

Iím really pleased with the 2-way zipper top. I can close it up securely or leave it open if I need to keep getting in the bag. Thereís also a pocket at the front of the bag and another on the inside, and the zippers on those compartments are oriented so that I can easily get in them while riding my bike.

 You can see more photos on my website!
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2010 12:04:51 AM »

I love it!

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2010 06:40:42 AM »

That's really smart!  Cheesy


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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2012 10:55:28 PM »

This is genius! Thank you! I want to make one of these for my sister but all my ideas for the strap involved clips, buckles ribbons and the straps always facing the wrong way.
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2015 03:46:31 PM »

This is such a neat idea! I love messenger style bags, but sometimes you just need a backpack lol Your bag turned out great.  Grin

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