I made this bag for mandymo13, my partner for the Coffee Me Up Swap Rd. II:
It's made from reclaimed coffee sacks I purchased from a local coffee shop, Burgie's. They donate the profits to a good cause, though I can't recall what offhand.
I've heard bad things about sewing burlap, but my experience was relatively painless, since I used fusible web (Wonderunder or something similar) before I cut it, which held the fibers together and prevented fraying and shedding. I thought the final product was simple and perfect for the theme. Mandymo is a nursing student and said it would be perfect for her laptop. I forgot to double-check dimensions before I sent, but it is roughly 13-15" tall x 12-13" wide, and the gusset is around 2". The strap has a couple of snaps on each side for adjusting. It closes with two magnetic snaps and has padding in the strap in the shoulder area (you can see it in the second pic, left). The strap connects on each side to a D-ring.
Closed front and open front
Back and lining
With stuff for size reference (book is the same one it is lying on in the first pic) and strap snaps
D-ring (I SWEAR I cut those threads before I sent
Oh, and my mom actually made her first crafting venture, since the swap was partially for her and she wanted to contribute:
Mocha face scrub:
And scrapbooks/notebooks made out of coffee sleeves. She was very proud of these. She even put the eyelets in one herself. The pages of the Burgie's one are neutral beige, black, and brown, and the tan one is full of bright, rainbow pages
C&C is welcome and appreciated