Hi there, in this article I would like to tell you the story of how I created Tiflis backpack. Most of the times I just make something and everything goes as expected and that is pretty boring. This project was my first one after a long year of not being able to work and there were a few things that went wrong :)
It's been a while since I wanted to create a bigger version of Puppy and thought its name would be Doggo, which sounds logical, but then I decided I would honor the beautiful city I moved to. Tbilisi was called Tiflis before 1936 and I think this sounds great.
It was a bit scary to start such a big project after a long break but sometimes I don't choose what I create, it chooses me and I gotta obey :)
I made a sketch:
I ripped them apart and decided I'd try something else.
On I went, and assembled the whole thing. As I don't have (yet) my hot stamping press (it's still on its way along with the rest of my workshop and the Skinny Bitch) I decided I would try wet stamping my logo on the veg tan. Which was a bad idea because I do not usually do this type of thing and everything that could possibly go wrong, did go wrong.
So, I printed the new flap and started sticking it to the piece of expensive heavy Italian waxed veg tan (awesome stuff by the way, it is Missouri from La Perla Azzurra in 3.5 mm weight) when I decided to put it on and see if everything is good and comfortable.
So, I ripped apart everything but pockets :) Also I found out that horizontal pocket zipper on the back was not very convenient and made it vertical which is much handier in use.
In total, I stitched 6 zippers while making this design. 3 of them went to scraps (not really, because the 2 from the pockets can be used in some other project sometime).
From start to finish this project took almost 2 weeks, which is a lot comparing to all my other projects (usually they take from 1-2 days to a week max). It does require a lot of stitching, but I've rarely had so many fails in one bag - however, it still was fun to create. I did manage to finish it right before my birthday so it became a birthday present to myself.
Oh and also, do not buy cheap cutting mats! :)