Today I tested the prototype of my recycled plastic collage messenger bag, I am calling PAC, by taking it on a bike ride. During the ride the bag stood up very well. It was very comfortable and sturdy. I carried about 5lbs of books and paper on a 7 mile ride without any trouble. I think the design still need some aesthetic work, but its functionality and stability are under control. I am excited to keep working on these bags and see where I can go with the imagery and design.
The technique I am using to make these bags is very interesting. They are plastic collages that I melt together with an iron. This method seems to make a very strong and visually striking material. Then I take the collaged panels and sew them into the bag. If you are interested in trying this project check it out DIY Recycled Plastic Messenger Bag Pattern.