Before I made O's backpack this fall, I spent some time searching to see if the iron-on vinyl would be durable enough, but couldn't find much of anything in the way of reviews. Maybe everyone else knew something I didn't, because it hasn't worked out well. About two weeks after school began, it started pulling away near the zipper. By November, it looked like this:
I've been giving it regular trims ever since. Bummer. Now it has started to peel away all over. Before the last trim, it looked like this:
I'm more than a little disappointed.
Other than that major problem, I've been happy with how the bag has held up. I did at one point need to pick out the shoulder straps and go back and serge them (should've realized that rip-stop nylon is not fray-stop!), but it's doing well otherwise, even though it looks shabby due to its shedding. Poor thing.
Anyone have a good source of laminated cottons in boy/gender neutral prints for next year's backpack? That market seems to be dominated by extreme girliness.