My trusty, 3 year old gray Jansport was finally beginning to come apart at the seams, and beside, it made me look like an overgrown child. I bought not one but two great cross-body bags, but still found myself using the Jansport when I was really lugging stuff across town. So I started to look for a new backpack, but nothing in my price-range fit the bill of not looking like a child's bag and being well made. So I decided to give it a whirl myself.
The fabrics are all thrifted upholstery remnants, and the leather, I'm not totally sure where I got it from originally, but I have about 50 ovals of it in random colors, I think they might have been samples for something?
After a lot of fussing and measuring my old backpack, I had something:
I hate putting in zippers so there's a lot of snaps, o-ring straps and drawstrings instead.
Drawstring in action. It came out a little too big, next time I would downsize it an inch or two.
Put some of that leather on the bottom for reinforcement. That's where my original backpack gave out in the end.
And the back, the straps are padded with some scrap batting. Pretty comfortable, although next time I would attach them to the side seams rather than the bottom seam, the bag hangs off my back a little funny because of it.
But yeah, not so bad, and it's stood up to a good week's use pretty well so far. I'd change somethings if I did it again, but I think I learned a bit of making backpacks.