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!

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)
at first I was dissapointed because it required a pre-made bag, but now I love this idea. great work!
Awesome! I'm glad you liked it. :)
I'm not sure, after reading, how the parts go together. Perhaps a pic of the back of the completed bag would help me.
Thanks for the suggestion! I've added a new gif to step 5 which should make it more clear. :) Cheers!
a good idea, but gifs don't load in mobile for some reason. guess I'll have to fav it and look at it on my computer, what a shame... :)
Ah, thanks!
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!
This looks great! Thanks for sharing! <br>Sunshiine
Very nice. :D
Thanks for checking it out! :)
Extra points for the animated gifs!
haha! Thanks!!

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