I’d been searching for the perfect carry-on to join me on my upcoming adventures but was having a hard time finding a bag that met all of my strict criteria:
– large enough to hold the vast & varied in-flight/travel necessities for the munchkin & myself yet small enough to pass the airline’s carry-on size restrictions
– colourfully awesome, totally unique looking and second hand
As my charity shop karma was just not happening I busted out my online thrifting tips and scored this beauty in no time flat:
A fabulously colourful patchwork duffel bag described “as-new”scored for €5 including shipping!
Unfortunately when it arrived the condition was a far cry from “as-new” & it was missing the shoulder strap – fortunately my refashionista brain came up with a few groovy ideas to transform that worn out duffel into the perfect carry on bag!
Here’s what I did:
I sifted through my stash, found some lovely colourful scraps, used this easy method to create a strong shoulder strap and securely stitched it to either side of the bag.
Hands free is a must when travelling with a kiddo!
There were quite a few small rips on one side of the bag so I revisited this tutorial and created a sturdy zippered pocket to cover & reinforce the damaged fabric.
Lovely and oh-so-useful!
The interior only had one flimsy pocket hanging down from the zipper seam so I snagged the tough denim pocket leftover from this DIY & stitched it under that dangling pocket to create a psuedo-hidden-compartment.
Hooray! The perfect carry on!
Now I just have to decide which journey to tackle first: Italy? New York? Florida? Indiana?
There are groovy reasons behind each destination but my brain is so chock full that making a choice is proving to be an impossible task!