Sunday, February 13, 2011

School Bag Makeover!


s you can see, here is the old school bag.  Notice the ripped seam, coffee stains, and random slogan.  It was left in my old house and I found it the day I moved in.  Why I adopted it as my daily stuff bag - I don't know.

No longer will I lug that bag around in shame of the coffee stains, or have it slip off of my arm with flimsy webbing straps.  Are you ready for the new replacement?  Drum roll.......

Taadaa!!  I designed and made this last night while Dan was in Richmond visiting friends.  I had a friend's Vera Bradley bag in mind as I designed this one, but I didn't look at any pictures and just made what I wanted to make.  I used a double-sided, quilted fabric that I got from Lib's Place in Rice (outside of FV).  One side is the main navy fabric you see, and the other side was this purple paisley you see as the contrasting straps.  The color is slightly off in the first picture; the colors are better represented in the lower picture here.  I love pockets, as I have mentioned before, so there is a big one on the front between the parallel "straps".  
I also put a pocket in the inside.  Of course, the possibilities are endless as to what I will put inside of it. 
You can see that the straps are very thick and will provide comfort as I lug 1989836268 papers home to grade, a laptop, lunch box, purse, coffee mug, water bottle, and keys. 
I am excited to have something sturdy, stylish, and 100% better than my previous bag.  The yard of material was $18.00, but if you compare that to the $78.00 bag version that Vera sells, then we can all agree it was a prudent purchase.  I am happy. :) Someone else was happy about it, too!  She saw I was taking pictures, and she wanted to help.  

Yep.  The bag passed her test. 


  1. Wowie, I LOVE this bag. Maybe your other teacher friends might like one ;)

  2. What a great bag! I never would have known what the original looked like! I have been looking through all of your projects that you've done and they are amazing! :)

  3. very cute! i especially love the kitty pictures. :)