|Mountainsmith Tour TLS
I've been doing a bit of a clean-up in my spare bedroom and I found a backpack I bought at Value Village for a whole $6.99 (not including tax, of course). My intent was to cut it up and use it to design a pet carrier. The inside of the backpack had three full compartments and I wasn't able to wrap my head around what to do with the two extra sections, so it was just sitting there.
Yesterday I decided to make my very own oversized fanny pack with it. Out came the scissors and the stitch ripper and I went to work.
|All torn up
I only did one seam where I forgot to add one of the 3 sections of fabric being sewn back in place so I had to tear that out and re-do it.
Now the final version is not pretty and I would never submit it as an example of my finer sewing skills. Some of the seams were mashed and stitched for strength, not beauty. Here are a couple of pictures of the final product - side and front. Notice that I kept the VV price tag on! Probably to emphasize that $70 is too much for a glorified fanny pack!
I used the backpack straps to create a belt, now I just need to add a clip buckle. Do you think LT will carry it instead of the pricey one?
LT had a couple of suggestions which I implemented. I had taken the shoulder straps and sewn them onto the bottom tabs and needed to get a buckle. I left the bottom straps in place.
He suggested I use velcro for the closure instead of a buckle. That worked well!
Then he suggested I somehow put something in place to allow him to shrink the bag or tighten it front to back. The bottom straps worked perfectly for that. I took the buckles they had gone into from the top shoulder straps and sewed them onto the upper front section. Pics below.
|Side buckle to cinch the bag tighter
|Velcro waist closure