November 3, 2020
An old wetsuit, a sewing machine and a little bit of creativity...
It doesn't take much more to upcycle our old sports gear and create an object that we can use in our daily lives.
What do you think about the project that our friend Christopher Stone sent us to participate in the #OrcaUpcyclingAward upcycling an old wetsuit into a Duffle Bag?
To start with this project, we will start by taking a look at our old wetsuit to check the panels that are preserved in a better condition. It is also interesting to check which parts of the wetsuit will fit better in the final project, for this purpose zips, logos, or panels with graphics are especially interesting.
To create the Duffle Bag, we will need to cut out several neoprene panels, so that later we can join them together to create a rectangular piece. Therefore, with the help of a pencil and a pair of scissors, we will mark the panels and later carefully cut them out.
On the other hand, we will also need to cut out 2 round panels that we will use on the corners of the backpack, and the zip of the neoprene, which we will be able to reuse in the project.
Once all the panels have been cut out, they must be joined using a sewing machine. The neoprene may seem complicated to sew, but with a little patience it can be done.
First of all, you will need to fasten the zip at the end of the rectangular pattern. Then, sew a strap over that same rectangular panel in order to hang the backpack on your shoulder.
Finally, turn the bag over and sew the circular ends on the rectangular pattern, this way, when the backpack is turned over again, the seams will be perfectly hidden inside.
Finally, turn the Duffle Bag over and go through the seams to make sure they are all properly assembled. If this is the case, you will have finished the project and will be able to use your upcycled Duffle Bag in your daily life.