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The Berlin Bag

Added Feb 2, 2015

by Etemi Otubu

London, United K...






We planned a trip to Berlin with some friends, with the flight arriving at 9am and a check in time at 2pm. Since I didn’t feel like carrying my stuff around in my hand all day, I decided to make a backpack. I wanted something that’s stylish, simple and expandable.

The bag’s top can be folded or rolled down. I thought a lot about how to close the sides under the flap, and I am more than happy with the solution, as I didn’t want to insert a zipper and I didn’t really trust putting a button there.

The leather cover on the bottom was made of a piece of leather that I scored for about £4 in Fes, Morocco last year. I bought some black cotton drill to do the top bit, but since it was a different shade of black, I got the chevron patterned wool instead. You can read more on my blog ! :)

Material Notes

leather, wool, poly cotton, cotton, foam




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Vintage
Cotton, Leather/Fur, Polyester, Wool

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    Oct 21, 2016, 09.27 PMby freaky-philomeen

    ahh… this is just the kind of bag you never see at the stores. you can really only DIY. and it’ s fantastic!

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    Mar 30, 2016, 06.20 AMby cathysews

    Genius! Looks fab

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      Mar 31, 2016, 10.48 AMby Etemi Otubu

      Thank you Cathy!

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    Feb 10, 2015, 12.29 PMby sewing fanatic

    its certainly a nice bag, very stylish!

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      Feb 16, 2015, 09.01 PMby Etemi Otubu

      Thank you Nadia!

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    Feb 3, 2015, 06.16 AMby Mary Athey

    Fabulous bag x

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    Feb 2, 2015, 10.58 PMby Tara Sikana

    Such a great idea for a bag !

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      Feb 4, 2015, 10.45 AMby Etemi Otubu

      Thanks! It seemed quite intimidating at first, but apart from sewing through the leather it was pretty straight forward.

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