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« on: September 18, 2014 03:12:36 PM »

Hi craftster peeps! It's been a long while~

I started seeing cute backpacks seemingly all over the place so, much like any other crafter, I thought, 'Psh, I'll make my own!' I really liked the look of the leather bags I was seeing, so much like the purse I made(Here, if anyone's curious! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=392898.0 ), I decided to hit the thrift store for my supplies. I ended up finding a large leather jacket and two belts that were pretty similar that I used for the flap closure.

And this is what I ended up with!

Here's the jacket and belts before I started hacking into them:

And my sketches of what I wanted to make, complete with swatch samples and a list for the craft store.

I actually only bought the grommets and thread from the store, I ended up just cannibalizing some old projects to get the D rings and swivel lobster clasps. I also already had a zipper for an inside pocket and I used the jacket zipper for the outer back pocket.

Here's a shot of the outside back pocket:

I wanted a special spot to put my laptop, so I made this padded outer pocket. It fits my laptop perfectly and it's easy access for me, but if I'm wearing it, not for other people.

Here it is with the flap flipped open:

I added that little loop at the top specifically just to hold my headphones, like so.

Here's an action shot:

It's completely jam packed with stuff because the husband and I were taking a nice weekend trip for my birthday!

Here's a bonus picture of my dog using the backpack as a pillow, because why not?

I love how it turned out! If anyone wants to see a slightly more detailed write up and a few in the making shots of the bag, check out my blog post here: http://www.chezlin.com/pursebag/upcycled-leather-jacket-backpack/
« Last Edit: September 18, 2014 03:13:54 PM by chezlin » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2014 03:31:25 PM »

It's gorgeous. I love the way the use of an old jacket makes it look already aged. Your finishing is lovely too.

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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2014 03:31:45 PM »

Holy crap this is AMAZING! Wow, like super awesome. I would have more better words but my brain, and kids and stuff. You're pretty cool.

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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2014 04:15:21 PM »

This is insanely awesome, kudos! I always want to make stuff like this but in reality my brain can't do it!!

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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2014 05:37:29 PM »

It's great! Beautifully made and a very comfortable-looking design. I love how well it matches your dog!


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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2014 12:39:16 AM »

This is a beautiful bag. I love that you used aged leather for it and how you customised it for your needs.
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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2014 07:24:43 AM »

Wow! What a transformation! It came out better than anything you could have bought. And super custom!

« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2014 01:40:19 PM »

Unbelievably good!  You bought, you sewed, you conquered!
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2014 05:32:10 AM »

This is amazing.  Gorgeous work.
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2015 11:00:12 PM »

Your bag is awesome!
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