I saw some beautiful bags made by a local artist that were way out of my price range. I realized that the reason I liked those bags was because they were waxed. For whatever reason, the waxed canvas just made them seem cooler and higher quality.
So, I decided to make my own. I like wearing a small backpack for a purse. It's out of the way when walking around our town square. However, sometimes, it's convenient to be able to sling it over a shoulder, so this design accommodates both.
It converts in seconds and is waterproof to boot!
Thanks to asergeeva for the waxed canvas lunch bag inspiration.
cotton print fabric (optional)
double fusible webbing (optional)
(4) swivel clasps
(2) 42" leather strips/diy belts
disposable stiff bristled paintbrushes
wax (I used tealight candles, but any parafin will work. Some prefer to use a mixture of beeswax and parafin.)
coffee can or other disposable metal container
small stovetop pot
quilter's cutting mat and ruler