Wednesday, June 22, 2011

DIY :: recycled feedbag backpack

I decided to make a backpack myself instead of buying a new one.
Thankfully, it turned out well.  With the lining, it feels durable enough to carry my books and laptop, and the size is just right--big enough for a decent amount of stuff and small enough that it doesn't feel ridiculous.  I sprayed it with scotchguard for a little extra protection and I think it's just right now.

You can make one, too.  You just need to know how to do a few things: sew a relatively straight line, sew a buttonhole (or have a machine that does it for you), stitch in the ditch, and attach a button.  For supplies, you need an old feedbag (or any large-ish sack, or just make one yourself from any fabric), a strong material for straps, buttons, and any embellishments you'd like.

Here's the basic outline of the construction of the bag.  Photos of the process, along with the descriptions of each step, can be found here.

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It's been awhile since I joined a link party for DIY, so I popped over to Momma Hen's Coop and linked up with her Whatever Wednesday series.  It's always a good way to find a few DIY posts!


MommaHen said...

great work! Thanks for sharing !

KT @ KT's Refinishing School said...

So cute! The fabric looks really soft too :) Thanks for sharing! You'll have to let us know how you like using it!