Most people would throw something out after a squirrel tried to chew through it. I am not one of those people.

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My recent post on my knitting bag reminded me of the current state of my favorite book bag. It’s in bad shape.

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It has squirrel damage. I left a sandwich wrapped in paper unattended in this bag when I was doing outdoorsy stuff in the woods. I came back and my sandwich was out of my bag and badly nibbled. The bag had this hole in it. Common sense could have saved my bag from squirrel damage. I continued to use it anyways.

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The cheap lace is doing what cheap lace does. It is falling apart.

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The straps are dead. I blame my copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. It murders book bags. I also did not reinforce the straps when I made the bag and I should have. I thought about replacing the straps by cutting the existing straps short and using them to attach D rings so I could add new sturdier straps, but the bag is so beat up that it doesn’t seem worth while.

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I sewed the bag while watching the season of Project Runway with Chris March. I think that was my senior year of high school? The bag is lined with the polka dot fabric and there is polar fleece sandwiched in the middle. I added the fleece for a bit of padding because I always accidentally whack things with my bag. The only other detail is a small patch pocket for pens on the inside.

I think I might make a new version of this bag. This one has had a good life and it is time for it to move on. I’ll have to dig through my stash and see what my options are for version 2.

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