For January’s experiment, I thought I’d start off with something entirely different, sewing a backpack. I’ve been frustrated with the bags we have when riding my motorcycle, so it’s time to make something better. Sure, I could go out and buy one, but they’re expensive and predesigned. So I’m going to make my own, designed solely by me, to meet my needs.
I’m going to make it from canvas and a fake leather (real leather would set me back more than buying a motorcycle backpack). You can see the materials below:
For those of you who are experienced with sewing, you may be wondering what those needles are doing in the picture… I’m going to hand sew my bag. Everyone I’ve mentioned this to has called me crazy. And perhaps I am. That’s all part of trying an experiment. The truth is hand sewing is much stronger than machine sewing… when a thread snags and breaks on modern clothing and you yank it, it unravels. But if a thread snags on something hand sew and you pull the thread, you’ll actually cause the whole seam to cinch up even tighter.
What do you think? Am I crazy? Let me know below!