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Topic: Floral Backpack Made with Recycled Fabrics  (Read 2163 times)
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« on: March 19, 2012 05:09:18 PM »

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.

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2012 06:21:14 PM »

Nice work! Love all the details you put into it. That pocket looks really handy.
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2012 06:45:58 AM »

I love it. The perfect solution!

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2012 06:47:18 AM »

Wow!  Very nice!  And grown-up too! Wink

« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2012 11:10:37 AM »

Wow! Nice job.  And with the leather bottom, it should hold up well, too. 

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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2012 10:23:28 PM »

I agree with few affordable backpacks not being readily available with non-childish style.

I spent months searching for a pattern to create a backpack that I could use as a purse - but did not have the upper curved zipper of a child's pack.

The only other options were the drawstring closures - like your bag.  But as I tend to not quite get things closed when using a drawstring, I feared for the loss of cell phones/wallet/etc.

I developed my own pattern - with inspiration from a paper bag.  I used a large flap and three snaps - which seem to keep it fairly secure.  Like you I used recycled fabrics and hardware.

I just posted the pics (Backpack d-Resistance). 

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