A daypack for those times when a purse isn’t big enough, a full size backpack is too much, and a tote bag is inconvenient. It is stylish enough to take to an interview, and comfortable enough to take on a day hike.

The basic form of the pack is based on a DIY tutorial for an anti-theft backpack by blogger Anna Evers.

I modified the main zipper to eliminate wrinkling caused by the original design, and deepened the lower box corners and angled the place where the straps connect to the these corners, again to reduce wrinkling and improve the way the backpack hangs on a body. The shoulder straps got a self fabric covering for more comfortable wear, and are slightly angled from the point where they extend from the top of the bag, helping them lie flat and reduce strain on the bag. The front pocket was improved with lining, a zipper closure, and darts to provide depth.

The only materials purchased new were nylon webbing and a pair of strap adjusters. The fabrics and other hardware were sourced from Ragfinery, a nonprofit located in Bellingham, Washington, which sells donated textiles and garments for creative reuse.

The pack has been tested on day hikes, and walking, busing and biking errands around the city, and has performed excellently.

Adjustable shoulder straps can be worn in a cross-body configuration for extra comfort and security - especially nice for hiking and biking.

The interior is fully lined - no raw edges to fray and tangle with the bag’s contents.

Photos of the finished backpack and myself modeling it taken by Longpre’s Lense and edited by me. Progress photos by me.