I was organizing my closet the other day, and found the bag I got at Strand and used/abused throughout my art student years at SVA. (School of Visual Arts)
Strand is the biggest used book store in NYC, and also known for their super heavy duty canvas bags. It’s not a big bag but it is very strong. So I used to just stuff it with my sketch book, tools, food (muffin and banana to be precise), anything I could put it in. It’s a little dirty but otherwise it’s still in perfect condition, so I decided to revamp this bag.
First thing first, I had to wash the bag… But then the bag shrunk! It became a square rather than a rectangle. I didn’t take a photo before the shrinkage, but it shrunk at least a couple of inches lengthwise.
Now I had to make it into a smaller rectangle bag by sewing the sides in. Then I realized that it’s a perfect size for a ruler. Awesome. I sewed a line on the other side to make a pen pocket.
After a quick measuring and drawing, I came up with this template.
This was a very fun & quick revamp. I revived my favorite old bag AND now I can let people know what my favorite game is. I’m probably going to cover the Strand logo and put a pocket or something because I’m worried that the print will rub off on me during a hot summer day.
I did notice some people staring at the bag but no “Go Castle Crashers!” or “Red Knight FTW!” yet. But I know they’re out there, being all jealous and stuff. I can’t wait to take this bag to PAX Prime in August!
If you’re a long time blog reader, you probably know Castle Crashers, but in case you don’t know, Castle Crashers is an awesome game available on XBLA (Xbox Live Arcade) and PSN (Play Station Network) created by a group of awesome people at the Behemoth. And guess what, playing Castle Crashers will make you awesome!
I made a set of this revamp on my flickr too!