Moving right along. I finished making my Hiking Bag! I think it's pretty successful but I think I had better bring a needle and thread along just in case any of the stitching starts to come undone. I had to hand-sew a ridiculous amount of this thing. And here she is:
I also got very tricksy and decided to coat the whole outside of the pack with Otter Wax to give it some protection. It was a lot of work (like colouring the whole bag with a huge crayon) but I think it gives it a nice patina and deepens the colours. Don't know how it will hold up in the hot sun though! Better not melt all over my clothes, just sayin'. We'll find out soon enough, won't we?
While I was at it and since I had a lot of Otter Wax left I waxed my second-favourite hat:
There's a shop only 3 blocks away from me that sells the Otter Wax products. It's made in Portland, OR, and has no petroleum products in it. I know I could make something similar but this was easy, if not exactly cheap. I got the large bar which was more economical and still have about 2/3's of it left. I'll let you know how it goes in use. I can re-coat anything again if I need to. Done sewing. We are in full-on packing and cleaning mode now. Time is flying! I'm getting seriously excited.