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Project

My first self-designed backpack

This backpack was made using fabric from an old pencil skirt that I took apart after the fabric started stretching around the rear. I had less experience when I made it back then and did not underline it. For the bag I interfaced the fabric with a heavy weight fusible interfacing before cutting and sewing. I planned to do a leather bottom, and to that end, I cannibalized a decent leather laptop bag I purchased at Salvation Army. The zippers, straps and hardware I salvaged from a fashion backpack (pleather) that served me well for some years. I made lots of mistakes making this project. The top zipper does not sit very well at the ends, and the pink lining is showing a little bit. When I sewed the bottom, making the curvy turn was difficult in my Janome 6000 and the result leaves a lot to be desired. Overall I am happy enough with the result to start using the bag, which has a nice capacity. Thanks so much Mr Moring for the instructions! I also used some techniques from another craftsy class, "20 Essential Techniques for Better Bags". What I really took out of this project is enormous respect for all these low-paid people in third world countries that construct our 30$ bags....

You Can Make This

uripides made My first self-designed backpack with:

Making Leather Bags

Online Class

Making Leather Bags

with Don Morin

Project Description

This backpack was made using fabric from an old pencil skirt that I took apart after the fabric started stretching around the rear. I had less experience when I made it back then and did not underline it. For the bag I interfaced the fabric with a heavy weight fusible interfacing before cutting and sewing. I planned to do a leather bottom, and to that end, I cannibalized a decent leather laptop bag I purchased at Salvation Army. The zippers, straps and hardware I salvaged from a fashion backpack (pleather) that served me well for some years. I made lots of mistakes making this project. The top zipper does not sit very well at the ends, and the pink lining is showing a little bit. When I sewed the bottom, making the curvy turn was difficult in my Janome 6000 and the result leaves a lot to be desired. Overall I am happy enough with the result to start using the bag, which has a nice capacity. Thanks so much Mr Moring for the instructions! I also used some techniques from another craftsy class, "20 Essential Techniques for Better Bags". What I really took out of this project is enormous respect for all these low-paid people in third world countries that construct our 30$ bags....

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