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New handcraft adventures: Sewing a leather backpack


I’ve been searching for a sturdy backpack for several months. I much prefer them over purses and since I have my Franklin Covey Classic planner (which goes with me everywhere when I’m out), I’ve been carrying it around in the bookbag that I have, which honestly won’t last long. I didn’t make That bag.

I saw a few backpacks that I sort of like, but for over $100, I wasn’t ABOUT to make the purchase even though I had the money to do that. This morning, my daughter said, “Mom, why don’t you just make one?” Hmm, now why didn’t I think of that earlier?

I do have a backpack pattern that I customized. I also have a thick leather jacket that I won’t ever wear and so I’ll be cutting that up and I’m lining it with this cotton fabric.

I’m thinking that I’ll use the Harry Potter fabric as a lining, but who knows… I might change my mind again about the lining. Regardless, not too much money will be spent, and the Harry Potter inspired fabric is 50% off. You now that appeals to the minimalist frugal side of me. The main investment will be my time.


  1. I look forward to seeing your progress. I think I have an old leather coat too. You may have gotten my wheels turning.


    Opal @ThreadLover Reply:

    Me too! I’m hoping to be able to start this project by this weekend. I was wanting to start it during the week, but it’s hectic and so I’ll have to wait for my workload to decrease. Priorities! Sighs… lol 🙂
    Opal @ThreadLover recently posted…Franklin Covey Classic: I’m loving my planner


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