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