Summer has been very slow on the sewing front. We’ve spent some time camping and vacationing and without preschool I’ve found my free time to be limited. But E is starting kindergarten this year and she’d long ago picked out fabric for a new backpack. With a kindergarten orientation camp looming, I got to work.
E used this backpack for preschool and while it is a darling pattern it is quite small. So this time around I used the Made By Rae Toddler Backpack pattern. The main fabric is a lovely canvas from the Acorn Trail Line. I also used denim, salmon/pinkish shot cotton, navy blue webbing, cream colored piping, and this metal zipper.
I made a few changes to the pattern. I increased the size (following directions included in the pattern) so it would fit a normal folder. To add structure I used fusible fleece or interfacing on all exterior pieces. I also felt the backpack needed pockets, so I added exterior and interior pockets from the Noodlehead Sidekick tote pattern. I also sewed the lining in by hand.
With fleece, canvas, denim, and piping to sew through I had to take things slowly in a few places. But my heavy-duty machine was a champ and made it through. There wasn’t anything tricky about this pattern but it was a slow project- I spent a couple of late nights trying to get it finished up in time for E’s kindergarten camp this week. It does feel nice to send her off to a new place with something I made. Because kindergarten. I’m kind of in shock.