For a birthday gift, I made E the backpack from the book Little Things To Sew. Her current backpack was a bit small for all her preschool things.
The pattern was easy and fun to put together. As expected from Oliver + S, everything matches up nicely and the finishes are great. The exterior is Kaufman essex yarn dyed linen in black. The yellow pockets are some kind of linen blend, and I was barely able to cut the interior from scraps of the Kaffe Fassett fabric I used in last summer’s geranium tunic. You can’t really tell in the pictures but the topstitching is all in bright pink.
Since my fabrics weren’t as substantial as those called for in the instructions, I added a layer of fusible fleece to the main exterior pieces. I wish I’d also added a layer of fleece or batting to bulk up the hanging strap and the shoulder straps.
This pattern is easy to follow, relatively quick to make, and creates a cute little backpack. I’d say it’s best for short trips and playtime, as it’s quite small. This barely fits E’s water bottle, lunchbox, and a change of clothes. Perhaps I’ll just have to make another one some day and play around with the sizing a bit.
And, this project takes me one step closer to meeting the Cover To Cover Challenge that Lightening McStitch is hosting over at Bartacks and Singletrack. I believe I now have six projects completed from this book. I doubt I’ll get more than a few other accomplished, but this is a fun challenge to get me moving. Do you have any favorites from this book I should try next?