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« on: April 05, 2008 11:02:27 AM »

This is my first challenge, please be kind!

Here is my Tea Cup Back Pack

I overbought at Dollar Tree, not knowing what materials would work out the best. I discarded the T-shirts (well, we will use them! just not in this challenge) and the Shiny Purses (they were 2/$1).

I used:
5 Tea Towels
1 Slouchy Bag Backpack
1 Cosmetic Bag
1 Three Ring Binder
1 package of Play Clay
1 package of stretchy Hair Bands
I used some thread and some Mod Podge from my own materials.

I chose to make a backpack...without a pattern. I just started cutting and sewing. I cut the Three Ring Binder (sorry about the typo on the picture) into strips and used them for ribs similar to boning...

I cut the cosmetic bag apart, used the body of the bag to give some "body" to the flap and used the zippers for pockets
inside pocket
hidden back pocket (wallet not included in challenge)

I made buttons out of the Play-Clay stuff by mixing colors and shaping them into buttons (it darkened as it dried). I thought it would be fun to make a teacup button to go with the tea cups on the tea towels.

I used the hairbands to make button loops on the front and the cell phone pocket

I used the sloppy backpack for fabric, drawstring and straps (I fancied up the boring, plain black shoulder straps with some of the tea towel fabric)  - the slippery black fabric is used for lining in the pockets

The interior is very roomy, with a section of the three ring binder providing some stiffness in the bottom. Here is an in-use shot with a thick novel, my stainless steel water bottle and a friend to keep me company, with room to spare!

Here are a couple of action shots with my niece who is visiting

she said the backpack is very comfortable

Thanks for looking!

« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2008 11:20:36 AM »

WOW - I am in awe. You are soooo creative. I couldn't have come up with that - ever, let alone make it look so wonderful. Your backpack is amazing
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2008 11:51:32 AM »

What a great backpack! That makes me want to go out looking for coffee cup tea towels to make a backpack for me  Smiley  Great job and awesome cuteness.

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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2008 11:54:32 AM »

I love the backpack, and I love the whole narrative and photo heaviness!

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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2008 01:35:48 PM »

This is actually one of my favorite dollar tree challenge entries.  I love the backpack.  Very cool.  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2008 03:08:32 PM »

that is so cool Smiley i love the fabrics you used ^^

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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2008 04:57:55 PM »

Waaay too cute!!
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2008 08:41:39 AM »

Great backpack...
I think I might already have those supplies in my house - this might inspire my summer bag!
Thanks for sharing this!

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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2008 08:27:03 PM »

Great idea!!  I love the pattern.

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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2008 05:48:04 AM »

thanks for the kudos Smiley

I was a bit nervous with my first challenge as I've seen some wonderfully creative stuff posted on here (from my lurking days until now) and didn't know how I'd stack up with such creative minds!

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