Backpack repurposing project

As you may know, I decided it was time to do something with my pile of broken backpacks that I have been hoarding for several months (some for years!).
Yesterday I showed my first project, when I turned this:

Into this bike pack for my daughter:
For the bike pack, I kept the bottom half of the backpack intact, cut off the top and restitched various pieces and straps to make it fit! And of course added the pretty pink doggie at the front (from an old pair of pyjamas!)

Today I want to show you my second project.
This time I used this backpack - with broken zip..

First I deconstructed the whole thing into parts:

And then reconstructed them into.. holders for my daughter's paintbrushes!
A long pouch for the long brushes..(using an old shoe lace for the tie at the top)

And a roll up pouch for the smaller brushes..

And here they are both together - full of paintbrushes!
(Until now the brushes have all been loose in a box with the paints and other bits and bobs!  I'm trying to tidy that up into a more organised painting container!!) 

What do you think??

Come back tomorrow when I'll show you the next backpack and what I've done with that!

Hope you're all having a great day!



  1. I'm loving the roll for the paintbrushes. Very handy! Great thinking : )

  2. I am thinking you are brilliant!! Great job.

  3. FANTASTIC! Loving the bike basket and the pencil wraps. Your are so clever!

  4. Great idea. I love to find new ways to extend usefulness.

  5. wow, what great ideas! I'm new newest follower from TTA. I hope you'll stop by and follow me back.

  6. WOw so neat! I am a new follower from the TTA blog hop. Would appreciate it if you would follow me back :)

  7. The bike bag is fabulous! And the brush caddies are amazing!! They are perfectly suited to the task at hand. Nice!!!

  8. These are such nifty thrifty that bike pack!


  9. Very cool ideas--I'm impressed!

    I'm just popping in from the Tuesday hop. Great blog! I'm now a follower. Stop by when you get a chance.

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  10. Hi there!! I am your newest follower from the Tuesday blog hop!! I love finding new blogs and yours is lovely. You can find me at

  11. new follower from TTA! Hope you can return the follow.


  12. Ah ha! This is kind of genius, I must say. Excellent repurposing! Also very cute!

  13. Hi. I'm a new follower from a blog hop! would love for you to check out my blog and follow back!

  14. Those are some awesome repurposing projects! I love the little pack for your daughter's bike. Great blog! I am a new follower from Tuesday Tag a longs! Stop by when you get a chance:

  15. Hi! I'm your newest follower. Wonderful post... you are so resourceful!!!!

    Please stop by my blog sometime.


  16. Hi There! Love your blog! I'm new here from Tag a long Tuesday! I hope you'll come visit me over at Candace Creations! :)

  17. Hi. I'm your newest follower from Twee Poppets... would love for you to follow me too (- :

  18. SO cool. Backpacks are just not one of those things that ever came to mind to repurpose like into anything but a backpack, lol. Gosh how amazing, and seems pretty simple. Thanks for the idea, and I would LOVE if you came by to share this at my weekly party **Amaze me August**. I love your blog, and am your newest follower. Thanks Jill,,, Bella ~~

  19. What a great thing to repurpose! I'm way impressed!


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