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Picture of Easy DIY transforming purse-backpack
If you are anything like me, you're tired of buying stuff and using it for a few months at which point it falls apart and you need to buy a new one. That's the story with me and backpacks. They are all made out of this really easy to tear material which only lasts PART of a semester at best, before I need a new one. I've come to realize purses are made to carry small stuff but are limited as far as long journeys, whereas backpacks are made for long distances, but tear apart easy, so I thought why not combine the two?

I take this backpack / purse hiking with me all the time and its lasted much longer than any of my backpacks, so I thought I'd show you how to make one!

It's very simple, and took me less than 20 minutes to make. If you've got an old bag lying around, it might be worth the small experiment to see if it could work as your new backpack. Check out how it's done!
 
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Step 1: Materials

What we'll be needing:

A satchel / purse
A bit of extra fabric (Old belt? Old backpack strap? Piece of left over jean?)
A needle and thread
A pair of scissors
Two Fold-Back clips (smaller is better)
A candle  (optional)

Step 2: The Clips

Take the two clips and pop them together. You're then gonna pull on the outside clip "handles" and pull apart. It should look like the last photo here.
Nice Hack. I do something similar for quick rides with my "side satchel." Materials: 1 drawstring satchel or similar and say five' five" rope. Step 1 : Tie both ends of the rope to the Closed End of your satchel. Step 2 : Stretch out the rope to loop rope around the Open End. Step 3 : Double the rope lines up and carry as a single strap "side satchel" or split the rope as shoulder straps and haul as a "back satchel." Not close in custom beauty though.
Very clever!
sunshiine2 years ago
This looks great! Thanks for sharing!
Sunshiine
Very nice. :D
Printy (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thanks for checking it out! :)
lafnbear2 years ago
Extra points for the animated gifs!
Printy (author)  lafnbear2 years ago
haha! Thanks!!
etlerd2 years ago
I'm not sure, after reading, how the parts go together. Perhaps a pic of the back of the completed bag would help me.
Printy (author)  etlerd2 years ago
Thanks for the suggestion! I've added a new gif to step 5 which should make it more clear. :) Cheers!
etlerd Printy2 years ago
Ah, thanks!