Finding a school bag that both Little J and I agree upon, is always a challenge. Little J thinks he is 16, not nearly 8 and I have a tendency to forget he is no longer 4. So this year before the start of school when cleaning out the coat closet, I spied Mr. VW's old camouflage army jacket (when we were first married he was serving in the U.S. Army - the jacket no longer fits him as he has grown since then :-0 ) and I set to work on another recycled bag project :-)
I used almost every inch and item on the jacket - buttons, badges, name tag (which although really personalized the bag, I had to blur it out in the photo before posting), stretchy cord, lining and even the giant zip!
The handle is adjustable, just in case and heaven forbid Little J grows :-)
This badge is for the division Mr. VW served in - no clue what it was called. We met in Belgium many, many moons ago, he was stationed at S.H.A.P.E. and had some cushy office job - but I am certain the badge has nothing to do with Mr. VW being stationed there.
I even used the pockets - in tact - so Little J would have a safe place to put his glasses which get lost on a weekly basis.
The giant zip, which I was able to shorten ensures nothing falls out when the flap is closed and Little J flings it on the floor when he comes home.
I wasn't able to finish it before school started (I was too busy getting distracted and starting other new projects) and by then Little J had come across a very cool one at the shops which we both agreed upon. I am very pleased how well it turned out, although it is super heavy. Little J has used it a couple of times for school and he was quite proud to show it off to his friends!! I was quite relieved that he wasn't too embarrassed to use something his Mum had made, although I am sure that time will come......