Title:
Bags and methods of manufacturing same
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Embodiments of a bag and backpack formed from patterns of pants and overalls, respectively, are disclosed. Methods of forming bags and backpacks using patterns from pants and overalls are also disclosed. A feature of the methods of the present invention include to taking a pair of pants or a pair of overalls and converting them to a bag or backpack by removing the legs and sewing the bottom of bag or backpack closed. By using different sizes of pants and overalls, different sizes of bags and backpacks may be selected based on the age or size of the user and the particular application of the bag or backpack. Another feature is that the embodiments of bags and backpacks disclosed herein may be machine washed and dried. Yet another feature of the bags and backpacks of the present invention is their appearance as a truncated pair of pants or overalls.



Inventors:
Patterson, Vickilyn (Three Forks, MT, US)
Application Number:
11/186522
Publication Date:
02/16/2006
Filing Date:
07/20/2005
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
150/112, 150/117, 150/127, 383/6, 383/38, 150/108
International Classes:
A45F4/02; A45C3/06; A45C13/26; B65D30/22; B65D33/06
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Primary Examiner:
VANTERPOOL, LESTER L
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MORRISS OBRYANT COMPAGNI CANNON, PLLC (SALT LAKE CITY, UT, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A bag, comprising: a bag front; a bag back fastened to the bag front to form an enclosure with an opening; a closure for closing the opening; wherein the enclosure includes internal pockets; wherein the bag comprises clothing material; wherein the bag is configured to appear as a pair of truncated pants with no legs; and wherein the bag is machine washable and dryable.

2. The bag according to claim 1, wherein the clothing material comprises at least one of denim, novelty denim, pant weight, corduroy, canvas, light canvas, twill and home decor cloth.

3. The bag according to claim 1, wherein the clothing material is printed with decorative patterns.

4. The bag according to claim 1, wherein the closure comprises one of a snap, a zipper, and a hook and loop fastener.

5. The bag according to claim 1, wherein the bag front and bag back further include external pockets.

6. The bag according to claim 5, wherein at least one of the external pockets includes a closure.

7. The bag according to claim 1, further comprising at least one handle.

8. The bag according to claim 7, wherein the handle is configured to be adjustable in length.

9. The bag according to claim 7, wherein the handle comprises nylon webbing.

10. The bag according to claim 1, further comprising a mini external pocket.

11. The bag according to claim 1, further comprising a waistband having belt loops.

12. The bag according to claim 1, wherein the bag is configured to resemble a pair of overalls with no legs and having suspender straps configured for a user to carry the bag as a backpack.

13. The bag according to claim 1, wherein the bag comprises one of a fanny pack, a purse, a clutch purse, a duffle bag, a backpack, a handbag, a school bag, a diaper bag, a backpack and a sports bag.

14. The bag according to claim 1, further comprising rivets for fastening pattern pieces of the bag together and for decoration.

15. A method of manufacturing a bag using a pair of pants, comprising: disassembling the pair of pants to obtain pants pattern pieces; forming bag pattern pieces from the pants pattern pieces; tracing the bag pattern pieces onto selected material; cutting the traced material to obtain bag assembly pieces from the selected material; sewing the bag assembly pieces together to form the bag with an opening; and selectively riveting the bag pattern pieces together.

16. The method of manufacturing a bag according to claim 15, further comprising sewing a handle onto the bag configured for carrying the bag.

17. The method of manufacturing a bag according to claim 15, further comprising forming closable internal pockets inside the bag.

18. The method of manufacturing a bag according to claim 15, further comprising sewing a zipper into a waistband for selective closure of the bag.

19. The method of manufacturing a bag according to claim 15, further comprising providing a closure for pockets or openings on or in the bag.

20. The method of manufacturing a bag according to claim 19, wherein providing the closure comprises sewing a zipper.

21. The method of manufacturing a bag according to claim 15, wherein forming the bag pattern pieces comprises trimming off crotch and legs portions of the pants pattern pieces.

22. The method of manufacturing a bag according to claim 15, wherein the pair of pants comprise overalls.

23. The method of manufacturing a bag according to claim 22, wherein the bag comprises a backpack.

24. A bag formed according to the method of claim 15.

25. The bag according to claim 24, wherein the bag is selected from the group consisting of a fanny pack, a purse, a clutch purse and a backpack.

26. The bag according to claim 24, wherein the bag is configured to look like a pair of pants without legs.

27. A pattern set formed from the bag pattern pieces manufactured according to the method of claim 15.

28. A method of manufacturing a backpack using a pair of overalls, comprising: disassembling the pair of overalls to obtain overalls pattern pieces; forming backpack pattern pieces from the overalls pattern pieces; tracing the backpack pattern pieces onto selected material; cutting the traced material to obtain backpack assembly pieces from the selected material; sewing the backpack assembly pieces together to form the backpack; selectively riveting the backpack assembly pieces; and attaching suspender straps to the backpack.

29. The method according to claim 28, wherein the pair of overalls may be any size.

30. A pattern set formed from the backpack pattern pieces manufactured according to the method of claim 28.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This nonprovisional patent application claims benefit of Ser. No. 60/602,197, filed Aug. 16, 2004, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference for all purposes.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a bag or backpack converted from a pair of pants or overalls. More specifically, the present invention relates to a handbag, purse, duffle bag, fanny pack, school bag, diaper bag, backpack, sports bag, and the like, and a method of making the bags or backpack from a pair of pants or overalls.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Purses, handbags, duffle bags, fanny packs, school bags, diaper bags, backpacks, sports bags are well known in the art. Such bags formed in the shape or appearance of pants are relatively unknown. Representative bags of conventional design include USD316328 to Willoughby, USD388956 to Leo, USD495876 to Matthews et al., USD263648 to Schimmel, USD245814 to Ross, USD413437 to Nikolich, USD377268 to George et al., USD370121 to Chabot, USD344655 to Alexander, USD335237 to Dyer, USD267369 to Blanchard, USD244404 to Gaylor, USD183710 to Blaivas, USD99499 to Creed, USD335026 to Cape, USD244884 to Dotson, U.S. Pat. No. 3,866,647 to Tarkowski, U.S. Pat. No. 5,000,726 to Dimon and US20050028909 to Matlhako.

It would be advantageous to have a bag and method of making same, wherein the bag has closures for the opening and pockets, both internal and external, is machine washable and can be configured with various accessories. It would also be advantageous if the bag or backpack pack had the appearance of truncated pants or overalls for an aesthetic appearance. Thus, there exists a need in the art for a bag and method of manufacturing same.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

An embodiment of a bag according to the present invention is disclosed. The bag may include a bag front, a bag back fastened to the bag front to form an enclosure with an opening and a closure for closing the opening. The enclosure may include internal pockets according to this embodiment. The bag may further be formed of clothing material and configured to appear as a pair of truncated pants with no legs according to the embodiment of the present invention. Furthermore, the bag may be machine washable and dryable according to the embodiment of the present invention.

An embodiment of a method of manufacturing a bag using a pair of pants is disclosed according to the present invention. The method may include disassembling the pair of pants to obtain pants pattern pieces and forming bag pattern pieces from the pants pattern pieces. The method may further include tracing the bag pattern pieces onto selected material and cutting the traced material to obtain bag assembly pieces from the selected material. The method may further include sewing the bag assembly pieces together to form the bag with an opening and selectively riveting the bag pattern pieces together.

An embodiment of a method of manufacturing a backpack using a pair of overalls is disclosed according to the present invention. The method may include disassembling the pair of overalls to obtain overalls pattern pieces and forming backpack pattern pieces from the overalls pattern pieces. The method may further include tracing the backpack pattern pieces onto selected material and cutting the traced material to obtain backpack assembly pieces from the selected material. The method may further include sewing the backpack assembly pieces together to form the backpack, selectively riveting the backpack assembly pieces and attaching suspender straps to the backpack.

The foregoing apparatuses, methods and other features, utilities, and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following detailed description of the invention with reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The following are brief descriptions of the drawings illustrating embodiments of the present invention. Additionally, like reference numerals refer to like parts in different views of the drawings. It should be noted that the elements shown within the drawings may not be shown to scale.

FIG. 1 is a front view of a bag according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a rear view of a bag according to the present invention.

FIG. 3 is an inside front view of a bag according to the present invention.

FIG. 4 is an inside back view of a bag according to the present invention.

FIG. 4A is a view of an inside pocket of a bag according to the present invention

FIG. 5 is a top view of a bag according to the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a front view of a backpack according to the present invention.

FIG. 7 is a back view of a backpack according to the present invention.

FIG. 7A is an exemplary back portion for use with the backpack shown in FIG. 7.

FIG. 8 is an inside front view of a backpack according to the present invention.

FIG. 9 is an inside back view of a backpack according to the present invention.

FIG. 9A is a view of an inside pocket of a backpack according to the present invention.

FIG. 10 is a diagram of a front pant pattern piece and method for making a bag front pattern piece according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 10A is the new bag front pattern piece according to the method of the present invention illustrated in FIG. 10.

FIG. 11 is a diagram of the method of making the back of a bag according to the present invention.

FIG. 11A is the new bag back pattern piece to the present invention.

FIG. 12 is a diagram of the method of making the front of a backpack according to the present invention.

FIG. 12A is the new backpack front pattern piece to the present invention.

FIG. 13 is a diagram of the method of making the back of a backpack according to the present invention.

FIG. 13A is the new backpack back pattern piece to the present invention.

FIG. 14 is a flow chart of an embodiment of a method of manufacturing a bag from a pair of pants according to the present invention.

FIG. 15 is an embodiment of a pattern set for manufacturing bags according to the present invention.

FIG. 16 is an embodiment of a pattern set for manufacturing backpacks according to the present invention.

FIG. 17 is a photographic image of the front of a backpack manufactured of novelty denim according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 18 is a photographic image of the rear of the backpack shown in FIG. 17 according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 19 is a photographic image of the inside of the backpack shown in FIG. 17 according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 20 is a photographic image of the rear of a purse or handbag manufactured of home decor material according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 21 is a photographic image of the inside of the purse or handbag shown in FIG. 20 according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 22 is a photographic image of the front of the purse or handbag shown in FIG. 20 according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 23 is a photographic image of the front of a clutch purse or fanny pack shown in FIG. 22 according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 24 is a photographic image of the rear of the clutch purse or fanny pack shown in FIG. 22 according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 25 is a photographic image of the inside of the clutch purse or fanny pack shown in FIG. 22 according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 26 is a photographic image of the front of a backpack manufactured of novelty denim according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 27 is a photographic image of the front of another purse or handbag manufactured of novelty denim according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 28 is a photographic image of the front of yet another purse manufactured of novelty denim according to an embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Embodiments of a bag and backpack formed from patterns of pants and overalls, respectively, are disclosed. Methods of forming bags and backpacks using patterns from pants and overalls are also disclosed. A feature of the methods of the present invention include to taking a pair of pants or a pair of overalls and converting them to a bag or backpack by removing the legs and sewing the bottom of bag or backpack closed. By using different sizes of pants and overalls, different sizes of bags and backpacks may be selected based on the age or size of the user and the particular application of the bag or backpack. Another feature is that the embodiments of bags and backpacks disclosed herein may be machine washed and dried. Yet another feature of the bags and backpacks of the present invention is their appearance as a truncated pair of pants.

Embodiments of methods of making bags and backpacks according to embodiments of the present invention may include taking the front and back pants and overalls pattern pieces and converting them to bag and backpack front and back pattern pieces. The method may also include making a new pattern piece for one or more inside pockets which will be more apparently shown from the following detailed description of the embodiments taken in connection with the accompanying drawings. After the new pattern pieces have been made according to the method of making the embodiments of the bags and backpacks of the present invention, the bags and backpacks may be sewn together and riveted just like sewing a pair of pants or overalls with a few exceptions which will be more apparently shown from the following detailed description of the embodiments taken in connection with the accompanying drawings.

A feature of the present invention includes converting pattern pieces from pants and overalls into a bag or backpack using the jean rivets, snaps, buttons, markings, labels, buckles, and the like that constitute a pair of pants or overalls. Any size pants and overalls may be used for manufacturing the multi-purpose bags and backpacks described herein. Other features of the present invention include using webbing for the handles, adjustable suspenders, or any type material suitable for handles and to be able to use accessories like belts for ornamentation or to make fanny packs with the bags by inserting the belt through the belt loops and buckling around your waist or to use webbing with a fastener to make a belt for a fanny pack, or any other accessory suitable for enhancing the usefulness or attractiveness of the bag or backpack according to embodiments of the present invention. Yet another feature according to embodiments of the present invention is that the bags and backpacks may be laundered just like pants and overalls.

An embodiment of a bag 100 constructed in accordance with the present invention is shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. FIG. 1 is a front view of bag 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a rear view of a bag according to an embodiment of the present invention. Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, the bag 100 may include a bag front 1, a fly 2, front pockets 3, an optional small front pocket 4, a waistband 5, one or more belt loops 6, rivets 7, a snap or button 8, at least one handle 9, the yoke front 10, the bag back 11, the yoke back 12 and the back pockets 13.

FIG. 14 is a flow chart of an embodiment of a method 1400 of manufacturing a bag 100 from a pair of pants according to the present invention. Method 1400 may include disassembling 1402 the pair of pants to obtain pants pattern pieces. The pair of pants may be any size or of any material, e.g., denim, corduroy or any other pants material. Method 1400 may further include forming 1404 bag pattern pieces from the pants pattern pieces. Forming 1404 the bag pattern pieces may include trimming off crotch and legs portions of the pants pattern pieces as further explained with reference to FIGS. 10-13 below. Method 1400 may further include tracing 1406 the bag pattern pieces onto selected material. Once the bag pattern pieces are formed, they may be used as pattern templates by themselves according to an embodiment of the present invention. Alternatively, the bag pattern pieces may be used to form patterns out of paper as known to one of skill in the art. Method 1400 may further include cutting 1408 the traced material to obtain bag assembly pieces from the selected material and sewing 1410 the bag assembly pieces together to form the bag 100. Method 1400 may further include selectively riveting 1412 the bag assembly pieces together. The selective riveting 1412 provides additional strength to the assembled bag pieces and additional aesthetics for the appearance of a pair of pants.

Method 1400 may further include sewing (not shown in FIG. 14) a handle onto the bag 100, wherein the handle 9 (see FIGS. 1-2) is configured for carrying the bag 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention. The handle 9 may be formed of the same selected material as the rest of the bag 100. Alternatively, handle 9 may be formed of any other suitable material, e.g., nylon webbing, according to another embodiment of the invention. According to still another embodiment of the invention, handle 9 may be adjustable to suit the user's needs.

According to yet another embodiment, method 1400 may further include forming (not shown in FIG. 14) closable internal pockets inside the bag 100, see, e.g., FIGS. 9, 9A, 19, 21 and 25. Forming closable internal pockets in the bag 100 may be accomplished by sewing a zipper or hook and loop closures, often referred to under the trade mark Velcro™, at the opening of the internal pockets. According to still another embodiment of method 1400, the pair of pants may be overalls from which the bag 100 is formed into a backpack, see e.g., FIGS. 6, 7, 17, 18 and 26. Method 1400 may further include providing a closure mechanism for an opening in the bag 100 according to embodiments of the present invention. For example and not by way of limitation, method 1400 may further include sewing (not shown in FIG. 14) a zipper into a waistband for selective closure of the bag, see e.g., FIGS. 5, 18, 19 and 25. According to still other embodiments, internal and external pockets on the bag 100 may include closure mechanisms such as snaps, zippers and hook and loop closures. For example and not by way of limitation, method 1400 may further include sewing (not shown in FIG. 14) a zipper for selectively closing pockets, however see e.g., external pocket zippers in FIG. 26.

Method 1400 may be used to manufacture a fanny pack, a purse, a clutch purse, a duffle bag, a backpack, a handbag, a school bag, a diaper bag, a backpack, a sports bag, and the like. When forming the bag pattern pieces, method 1400 may further include trimming off crotch and legs portions of the pants pattern pieces according to embodiments of the present invention. All of the bags 100 according to the present invention have the appearance of a pair of truncated pants, i.e., pants or overalls without legs.

An embodiment of method 1400 may be used to manufacture a backpack made of denim by utilizing a pair of overalls to form the bag pattern pieces. The suspender straps may be utilized to form shoulder straps for carrying the bag as a backpack. According to another embodiment, the suspender straps may be padded according to the present invention. Any size overalls may be used to pattern the bag pattern pieces. Aspects of method 1400 are further illustrated with reference to the diagrams in FIGS. 10, 10A, 11 and 11A. Note that the features and methods illustrated in FIGS. 10, 10A, 11 and 11A may not be to scale.

FIG. 10 is a diagram of a front pant pattern piece 18A from which a bag front pattern piece 18 (FIG. 10A) may be formed according to an embodiment of the present invention. The length, L, of the bag 100 may be determined by measuring from the top 14 of the front pant pattern piece 18A to the bottom of the bag 100 at a bottom line 15 (see dotted line 15). Bottom line 15 may then be traced across the bottom of the front pant pattern piece 18A or directly cut to remove the leg portion 25A. The outside edge 16 of bottom line 15 may be curved to make the bag 100 more aesthetically appealing or attractive. A fly 17 may be added to the bag front pattern piece 18 by sewing the fly 17 to the front pant pattern piece 18A. The crotch 17A may be eliminated by drawing a straight line 15A down to the bottom of the bottom line 15. The new converted bag front pattern piece 18 is shown in FIG. 10A. The bag front pattern piece 18 may be used directly as a pattern or traced to paper for a pattern to place on the selected material from which bag 100 is to be sewn.

Aspects of method 1400 are further illustrated with reference to FIGS. 11 and 11A, wherein the back pant pattern piece 21A may be converted into a bag back pattern piece 21. The new bag front pattern piece 18 (not shown in FIGS. 11 and 11A for clarity), or a pattern made therefrom, may be placed over back pant pattern piece 21A to trace a line 19 for removing the leg portion 26A. The crotch 27A may then be removed by cutting a straight line 20 down to the bottom line 19 of the back pant pattern piece 21A and then cutting along bottom line 19. The back yoke 12 is then sewn on top of back pant pattern piece 21A, to obtain bag back pattern piece 21, see FIG. 11A. Again, by curving an outside edge 28A of bottom line 19, the bag 100 will have a more decorative shape.

The bag front pattern piece 18 may then be added to the other pattern pieces (not shown in FIGS. 10 and 10A) and sewn in the same way that a normal pair of pants is sewn together with the exception of the fly 17 which is sewn in the same way that a fly is formed in overalls, see FIG. 1. The bag back pattern piece 21 may be added to the rest of the back pattern pieces (also not shown in FIGS. 11 and 11A) and sewn together like a normal pair of pants, see FIG. 2.

Another embodiment of a bag 400 constructed in accordance with the present invention is shown in FIGS. 4 and 4A. According to the embodiment of bag 400, a new pocket pattern piece 23 may be created by tracing a line 65 around the bag 400 and drawing a straight line 25 above the pockets 22 to form an internal pocket pattern piece 23. The internal pocket pattern piece 23 may be used to form two additional back pockets 22 on the inside of the bag 400 and larger pockets (not shown in FIGS. 4 and 4A) from the internal pocket pattern piece 23. The center line 24A of internal pocket pattern piece 23 may be sewn along the inside of seam 24 of the back of the bag 400. Thus, internal pockets within the enclosure of bag 400 may be formed. The internal pockets may have various means of closure to retain their contents. For example and not by way of limitation, such closures may take the form of snaps, zippers, and hook and loop cloth and any other suitable closure mechanism.

Referring once again to FIGS. 1-3, the bag front 1 and bag back 11 are placed inside-out against each other and surged from point 26 to point 27 as shown in FIG. 3. Additional manufacturing steps may then be performed after returning the bag to its normal state from being turned inside-out, i.e., sewing waistband 5, belt loops 6, handles 9, and placing rivets 7 and optional snap 8 to the bag 100 as shown in FIG. 1 and FIG. 2.

FIGS. 3 and 4 illustrate an embodiment of a snap closure mechanism including a top snap 28 and a bottom snap 29 that may be placed in the waistband 5 so that the bag 400 enclosure may be closed. FIG. 5 illustrates an alternative embodiment of bag 500 including a closure mechanism in the form of a zipper 30 sewn inside the waistband 5. Yet another embodiment of a closure mechanism suitable for use with any of the bags (100, 400 and 500 as disclosed herein) is hook and loop cloth or closure sewn on the inside of waistband 5 (not shown in FIGS. 3-5). Still another closure mechanism suitable for closing the opening of bags 100, 400 and 500 or pockets is the use of buttons and button holes. Any other suitable mechanism for closing the opening of bags 100, 400 and 500 and pockets to retain the contents therein are also considered to be within the scope of the present invention. FIG. 5 also illustrates the attachment of handles 9 to bag 500 according to another embodiment. Each handle 9 may be attached to bag 500 at the waistband 5, for example by sewing or riveting or any other suitable means. FIG. 5 illustrates attachment of the lower handle 9 by sewing at points 31-34.

An embodiment of a backpack 600 constructed in accordance with the present invention is shown in the front and back views of FIGS. 6 and 7, respectively. Backpack 600 may include a backpack front 35, front pocket 36, front yoke 37, belt loop strip 38, bib 39, top pocket 40, top and bottom straps 41 and 62, backpack rear 42, back pockets 43, back yoke 44, snaps or buttons 46 and adjustable strap holders 47. Backpack 600 may be manufactured according to method 1400 as described herein with appropriate variations.

Aspects of an embodiment of a method of manufacturing of backpack 600 are shown in FIGS. 12, 12A, 13 and 13A, according to the present invention. Note that the features and methods illustrated in FIGS. 12, 12A, 13 and 13A may not be to scale. As shown in FIG. 13, the back overall pattern piece 48 may have a line 49 drawn underneath where the back pocket 43 will be sewn. The line 49 once marked may be cut and the leg portion 68 may then be removed. Additionally, a straight line 50 may drawn to the intended bottom of the backpack 600 and then cut to remove any excess crotch material which completes the backpack back pattern piece 51, see FIG. 13A. This step may be followed by taking the belt loop strip 38 and placing it together with the front overall pattern piece 52 and then place the backpack back pattern piece 51 on top of front overall pattern piece 52 and matching at points 53A and tracing a line 53 along the bottom of the backpack to remove the leg portion 69. A line 54 may then be drawn straight down to the bottom of the backpack (line 53) to remove the excess crotch material which forms the front backpack pattern piece 55.

Referring now to FIG. 6, aspects of assembly of the backpack front 35 are shown according to embodiments of the method of the present invention. The front backpack pattern piece 55 is then sewn together with the other pattern pieces just like a normal pair of overalls with a slight variation, i.e., that once bib 39 is attached to the belt loop strip 38 stop sewing and do not hem around the bib 39.

Aspects of assembly of the backpack rear 42 are shown in FIG. 7, according to embodiments of the method of the present invention. The backpack back pattern piece 51 (not shown in FIG. 7 for clarity) is then sewn together with the other pattern pieces just like a normal pair of overalls except that after attaching back yoke 44 and back portion 45 (see FIG. 7A) do not sew further. Then cut eight strap pieces, four in size and shape for top strap 41 and four for the size and shape of bottom strap 62. The eight strap pieces may be identically sized and shaped according to an embodiment of the present invention. Also cut one more bib 39 piece. To construct the straps 41 and 62 sew two strap pieces together so that the desired side of the material is facing on both sides to form two top straps 41 and two bottom straps 62. Then take the bib 39 piece and attach to backpack rear 42 on line 57 as shown in FIG. 7. Then, place straps 41 between bib 39 and back portion 45 and turning under all the raw edges along line 58 and sew along line 58 to finish the backpack rear 42.

Another embodiment of a backpack 600 constructed in accordance with the present invention is shown in FIGS. 9 and 9A wherein another pattern piece may be created for internal pockets 59 in the same manner as previously described with regard to FIGS. 4 and 4A. This embodiment of backpack 600 may include internal pockets 59 and is otherwise manufactured according to the same method as previously explained.

Referring again to FIG. 6, the two bottom straps 62 may be sewn on the inside top of the backpack front 35, for example at the top of the front pocket 36A as shown in FIG. 6. To assemble the backpack, place the backpack front 35 and the backpack rear 42 together inside-out and surge from point 60 to 61 as shown in FIG. 8 and according to the embodiments of the present invention. Then turn backpack 900 right-side-out and sew zipper 56 onto backpack 600 by turning the raw edges of bib 39 over onto the zipper 56 from point 60 to 61 as shown in FIG. 8 and FIG. 9. Yet another embodiment of manufacturing a backpack according to the present invention may include selectively riveting the backpack assembly pieces for added durability and the appearance of a pair of truncated overalls having rivets.

Referring again to FIGS. 6 and 7, the adjustable strap holders or buckles 47 may then be connected to ends of top straps 41 and ends of bottom straps 62 and then connected together. Additionally, the snaps 46 may be attached to the backpack 600.

Another embodiment of a bag 100 according to the present invention is disclosed. The bag 100 may include a bag front and a bag back fastened to the bag front to form an enclosure with an opening. The bag 100 may further include a closure for closing the opening. The enclosure may include one or more internal pockets. The bag 100 may be formed of clothing material. The bag 100 may be configured to resemble a pair of truncated pants with no legs. According to another embodiment of the bag 100 of the present invention, the clothing material may be machine washable and dryable.

The clothing material may be any suitable clothing material including, for example but not limited to, denim, novelty denim, pant weight, corduroy, canvas, light canvas, twill and home decor cloth, according to embodiments of the present invention. According to still further embodiments, the clothing material may be printed with various decorative patterns, logos or the like.

According to yet another embodiment of the bag of the present invention, the closure may be, for example but not limited to, a snap, a zipper, a hook and loop fastener or any other suitable mechanism for closing a bag. According to yet another embodiment of the bag of the present invention, the bag may include at least one handle. According to other embodiments, the handle may be configured to be adjustable in length. The handle or handles may be formed of nylon webbing or any other suitable material including the material from which the bag itself is formed.

According to yet another embodiment of the bag of the present invention, the bag front and bag back further include external pockets. The bag front may have curved pockets resembling those found on jeans. The bag front may further have a mini external pocket, or small watch pocket like those found on jeans. The bag back may have external, patch-style, pockets that are commonly found on jeans. By including such pockets on the bag front and bag back, the embodiments of bags according to the present invention will strongly resemble pants or overalls from which they are patterned. According to still further embodiments of the bags of the present invention, the external pockets may include a closure, such as a snap, a zipper, a hook and loop fastener or any other suitable mechanism for closing a pocket.

According to yet another embodiment of the bag of the present invention, the bag may further include a waistband having belt loops. The belt loops may be used to secure a decorative belt according to one embodiment of the present invention. Alternatively, the belt loops may be used in a fanny pack embodiment of the bag for securing the bag around the waist of a user according to another embodiment of the present invention. According to still a further embodiment of the present invention, the bag may be configured to resemble a pair of overalls with no legs and having suspender straps configured for a user to carry the bag as a backpack.

An alternative method of manufacturing bags according to the present invention avoids the step of disassembling 1402 an existing pair of pants or overalls as described with reference to method 1400 by utilizing various presized pattern sets that may be applied to selected material. These pattern sets may be cut from paper and used to trace the various pattern pieces needed to assemble the bags and backpacks described herein. These pattern sets may be formed from actual pant and overall patterns as described herein so that the bags and backpacks formed using these patterns resemble truncated pants or overalls.

FIG. 15 is an embodiment of a pattern set 1500 for manufacturing bags according to the present invention. Pattern set 1500 may be used to create fanny packs, purses and clutch purses as described herein. Pattern set 1500 may include the following bag pattern pieces and quantities to be cut in parentheses: belt loop (cut as many as desired), back and inside pocket (cut 4), bag yoke back (cut 1), bag back (cut 2), waistband (cut 1), bag front (cut 2), front pocket (cut 2), inside pocket (cut 1), coin pocket (cut 1) and optional label, e.g., ITZABAG™, (cut 1). The patterns pieces may not be shown to scale in FIG. 15. Furthermore, the pattern pieces shown in pattern set 1500 may be scaled to selectively size the bags manufactured using same. Thus, using pattern set 1500 and cutting pattern pieces in the quantities given and following the methods described herein, one of skill in the art can assemble the bags described herein. Pattern set 1500 may be formed from bag pattern pieces manufactured according to the methods described herein.

FIG. 16 is an embodiment of a pattern set 1600 for manufacturing backpacks according to the present invention. Pattern set 1600 may include the following backpack pattern pieces and quantities to be cut in parentheses: bottom strap (cut 4), yoke pocket (cut 1), yoke back (cut 1), one or more optional labels, e.g., ITZABAG™ and label as shown, (cut as many as desired), coin pocket (cut 1), inside pocket (cut 1), front backpack bottom (cut 2), top strap (cut 2), front pocket (cut 2), back pocket (cut 4), back backpack bottom (cut 2) and yoke and back (cut 2). The patterns pieces may not be shown to scale in FIG. 16. Furthermore, the pattern pieces shown in pattern set 1600 may be scaled to selectively size the bags manufactured using same. Thus, using pattern set 1600 and cutting pattern pieces in the quantities given and following the methods described herein, one of skill in the art can assemble the backpacks described herein. Pattern set 1600 may be formed from backpack pattern pieces manufactured according to the methods described herein.

As stated elsewhere herein, the embodiments of bags and backpacks of the present invention may be selectively sized by patterning the bag pieces from pants of varying size. For example, any size pants and overalls may be used to form the pattern pieces according to the methods described herein. All pant and overall pattern sizes are intended to be suitable for embodiments constructed in accordance with the present invention. Some bags formed according to the methods of the present invention may be large enough to be duffle bags or sports bags. Other bags formed according to the methods of the present invention may be sized and use material suitable for diaper bags. According to yet another embodiment of the present invention, a bag made from a size 18 to 24 month toddler pair of pants may be used to pattern and manufacture a fanny pack by adding a belt through the back three belt loops to attach to the waist of the user. According to yet further embodiments of the bag of the present invention, the bag may take the form of a fanny pack, a purse, a clutch purse, a duffle bag or a backpack. The size of such embodiments of the bag may be varied by selecting the size of the pants or overalls from which the bag or overall pattern pieces are formed. For example and not by way of limitation, the selection of a pair of overalls sized for an 18-24 month old child is particularly suited for manufacturing of a backpack sized for a toddler.

Virtually any existing pair of pants or overalls may be utilized to pattern the embodiments of the bags and backpacks according to the present invention. For example and not by way of limitation, the bags and backpacks described herein may be patterned from jean pants or jean shorts patterns and overall or overall shorts patterns, according to embodiments of the present invention. However, any type pant or overall pattern may be suitable for patterning bags and backpacks according to the present invention. The bags and backpacks may be made from denim material, but any type material that may be sturdy enough to carry personal items maybe suitable for the bags and backpacks of the present invention. For example and not by way of limitation, suitable materials include denim, novelty denim, corduroy, light canvas, home decor, pant weight, and the like. The handles 9 may be formed of one inch webbing cut 26 inches long according to an embodiment of the present invention. However, any suitable handle material and length falls within the scope of the present invention.

Accessories for the present invention may include but are not limited to belts, suspenders, or different types of handles. A belt may be added to the present invention for ornamental design, or alternatively, to help keep the bag closed according to embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 17 is a photographic image of the front of a backpack manufactured of novelty denim according to an embodiment of the present invention. Note the use of a zipper closure for the front pocket. FIG. 18 is a photographic image of the rear of the backpack shown in FIG. 17 according to an embodiment of the present invention. Note the zipper closure for the opening of the backpack and two rear pockets. FIG. 19 is a photographic image of the inside of the backpack shown in FIG. 17 according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 19 illustrates the internal pockets sewn inside the backpack.

FIG. 20 is a photographic image of the rear of a purse or handbag manufactured of home décor material according to an embodiment of the present invention. The home décor material may be similar to furniture fabric and have any color pattern. FIG. 21 is a photographic image of the inside of the purse or handbag shown in FIG. 20 according to an embodiment of the present invention. The view of FIG. 21 illustrates the internal pockets, snap closure and webbing material used for handles. FIG. 22 is a photographic image of the front of the purse or handbag shown in FIG. 20 according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 23 is a photographic image of the front of a clutch purse or fanny pack shown in FIG. 22 according to an embodiment of the present invention. Note the detachable belt made of nylon webbing for use as a fanny pack. The clutch purse comes with a single loop handle sewn in one top corner. FIG. 24 is a photographic image of the rear of the clutch purse or fanny pack shown in FIG. 22 according to an embodiment of the present invention. Note the belt loops used to hold the belt. FIG. 25 is a photographic image of the inside of the clutch purse or fanny pack shown in FIG. 22 according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 25 illustrates the zipper closure for the clutch purse and internal pockets.

FIG. 26 is a photographic image of the front of another backpack manufactured of novelty denim according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 27 is a photographic image of the front of another purse or handbag manufactured of novelty denim according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 28 is a photographic image of the front of yet another purse manufactured of novelty denim according to an embodiment of the present invention.

The invention, as defined by the claims below, is intended to cover all changes and modifications to the embodiments of the invention as described herein which do not depart from the spirit of the invention. The words “including” and “having,” as used in the specification, including the claims, shall have the same meaning as the word “comprising.”

Although this invention has been described with reference to particular illustrated embodiments, the invention is not limited to the embodiments described. Rather, it should be understood that the embodiments described herein are merely exemplary and that a person skilled in the art may make many variations and modifications without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the following claims.