This project has been a long time coming for me. I purchased some old suits from a thrift store six years ago (that’s right, six years ago) and I had not used the suits yet for a project. Suiting material is a great way to reuse fabric. The suits I purchased were from a local thrift store for around $2 for the pant and jacket suit set (cheap material too!). Labor Day weekend was the kick in the pants I needed to start cutting up the suit fabric to use for this project.
I decided to make a little drawstring backpack.
I used the idea, but I didn’t really follow the pattern (I enjoy sewing freestyle). The book I referenced is one of my favorites that I own, Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing (I’m a sucker for Scandinavian influenced fabric, hats, IKEA!). I love this book, very cute, simple ideas. The one area in the pattern that I did follow was the dimensions of the straps, 4″ x 54″.
I was proud of myself for the fact that I didn’t rush through this project (like most projects I’ve done). I get such joy out of the finished project, that sometimes I’m sloppy in my sewing just to get the project done. This project took me about a week (working on it last weekend and here and there during the week). This next picture shows a close up of the suiting material I used for the bottom front pocket of the bag.
This next picture shows the inside of the bag. I used a pocket from one of the suit jackets for a pocket on the inside of the bag. I also lined the bag with a soft, flannel material. The remote was just a random item on the sewing table that I wanted to show off the pocket with.
Don’t you just love the feeling of a finished project?