Beach Bum Backpack & Pillow

On Saturday, June 2, 2012 there was an awesome event.  A FREE swap meet put on by Desert Green Goddess.  Everyone came to a park in the middle of our town and dropped off unwanted clothes, decor, projects, etc.  Almost as soon as it was placed on a table, someone else walked by and snatched it up…for free!  My 10 year old and I were really excited.  We brought some of our old junk, and took home a bunch too.  One of our finds was this tattered, but free backpack.

Beach Bum Backpack & Pillow

I loved the surfer feel of the fabric and immediately imagined it into a backpack pillow for his Surfing bedroom.  I gave it a quick wash with my intoxicating laundry soap combo knowing that would bet out any stains and make it smell like “us”.  Then I got to work trimming off all of the stray and unraveling threads.  Then whipped out my sewing machine and stitched all of the seams back together.

Beach Bum Backpack & Pillow

The closer for the backpack had a loop and a string.  Not sure what the original plan was for that.  I dumped out my buttons and found the perfect one right on top.  It is made from a coconut.  I gave my son the choice of the light or dark side.  He chose the dark and I sewed it on.

Beach Bum Backpack & Pillow

I took a Fjadrar 20″ X 20″ down pillow from Ikea, I love these and have extras on hand, and shoved it inside.  I pulled the drawstring and closed it with the button.

Beach Bum Backpack & Pillow

Once it was all buttoned up, my son decided that maybe he’d use it for a backpack too!  We are headed for the beach this summer so that was the first place he thought of taking it.

Beach Bum Backpack & Pillow

But when it isn’t on an actual beach, I love it in his surfing room as an extra throw pillow for his bed.

Beach Bum Backpack & Pillow

Wow, do I love anything beach or what?

To see more of his Surfing room, check HERE.

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3 Comments

  • Fantastic……..

  • I am the desert green goddess who organized that free swap (by the way, I am planning another free swap the last Saturday in September) and I saw that you had linked to my page. This is so funny. That’s MY old backpack! My brother got it for me in the Philippines YEARS ago. I wore it out and years of storage later I realized I wasn’t likely to do anything with it. I am THRILLED to see this. This process works. There are people out there who know how to put their expertise to work and infuse new life into things that would otherwise be forgotten or tossed. I will be using this example in future promotion of such events. Love it!

    • Ahhhhh! Desert Green Goddess, that is AWESOME! When I first heard about your swap I was psyched and my 10 year old son was too. We woke up really early not knowing what to expect and loved every minute. The stuff kept coming and going and seemed to be a HUGE success. I grabbed a bunch of old T’s and used them for a camp craft making cute bracelets, and you know what they cost to make over 100 of them? ZERO! Thanks to your swap(I also grabbed a bunch of patterns, a vase, and an adjustable measuring spoon). I’ll be their in September with a load of stuff to drop off and a bunch more to pick up! THANKS for organizing the whole shebang!

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