You’re trekking through a musty forest, snuffling up pleasing notes of oak and pine, when you stumble on some abandoned luggage. A backpack, say. Pity it’s a little mildewed (months in the dank undergrowth will tatter even the finest leather). But don’t despair – there’s life in this baby yet. You know so because you recently read this valuable Instructables article on how to craft a comely new backpack from an old one.
Restore, remake, recycle, upcycle – whatever term you favour for unpicking an item fallen into disrepair, measuring up its dimension and conjuring up a replica from new materials, this is the article for when that item is a bag. Featuring plenty of photos and detailed, step-by-step instructions, it’ll have you setting copper rivets, hand-sewing straight runs and punching stitch holes in no time. Need further inspiration? Check out all the entries in the Instructable Backpack Challenge here.