The Kiddos BackPack

Ok, now this one is LONG overdue! This is probably one of my favorite projects from last year that I somehow never shared!

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There’s no tutorial. There’s no pattern. This was a labor of love! I totally made it up as I went along! In hindsight, I wish I had made a pattern as I went. But I didn’t! I knew I could make it. The kiddo was super excited to design his own backpack. So we went for it!

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The flap is the outside of the alien’s ship. And then when you open it, you see the alien driving his ship around in outer space!

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I’m so glad the kiddo likes it! I didn’t have to buy too much to make it. So in that sense, it was cheaper than buying one. But in the amount of time it took to think about it, design it in my head and then put it all together. Um…. I’m glad there are no dollar signs to add up there, because that would put it way over the cost of just buying one! But it was so worth it! And now I know how to make it again!

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I made a zipper top. I added in the flaps when sewing together the outside and lining. Topstitched and then added the zipper.

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The straps are padded and adjustable. And you have to have a hanging hook, of course!

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I also added little triangular pieces at the bottom of the sides for the adjustable strap. I got this detail idea off his last backpack that he said was oto baby for Kindergarten! But adding them to the side seam totally helps the bag lay right on his back!

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Each side has an elastic pocket. These get used for sneaking legos into school…. But they fit a water bottle, if needed!

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Yes, I added a name tag…. You know, just in case it was to get confused with someone else’s backpack… Ha!

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And I added a quilted, velcro pocket on the inside. And I’m not sure this pocket has ever been used… Oh, well! It’s there if we need it!

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As much work as it was, we had such fun putting it together! Dad was in on the alien design as well. It all started on a dog walk and the kiddo came up with a crazy idea. I had to tone ti down a little bit to fit on the back pack! I love how it changes from outer space to inside the spaceship!

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He loves it! His best friend’s mom told me a funny story! Her son wants a new backpack so they were looking. Then her son said, ‘Max’s mom MADE his!’ I don’t think his mom was happy with me! I think she still likes me though!

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Have you ever made a backpack? Maybe if I make another, I’ll make a pattern! I’m hoping this one lasts for next year too, though!

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How I Travel Handmade!

Sorry for the recent repost! As you probably remember, I recently posted this bag not too long ago, but I also wanted to share it on Ellison Lane’s Crafty Traveler Link Up!

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For the last few weeks there have been many great bags featured over on Ellison Lane! One of my favorites being the Cargo Duffle Bag!

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I needed a bag for carrying my quilts around in while I am doing the binding, etc. I’ve been just stuffing them in the closet grocery bag I can find. Since I needed that, I made one!

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On the inside I added a couplke of quilting pockets. One for scissors and a seam ripper. And one with Velcro to hold my hair clips that I use for holding the binding in place.

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I also added a little needle holder! Right now in my little quilting bag, I just stick them in the side and I have found myself getting stuck. I’m hoping this will help!

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I wanted the bag to be big, but I wasn’t actually planning on it being this big! But I think it will work for what I need.

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Be sure to check out the original post, if you missed it, for more details and photos!

The MQG Riley Blake Challenge

There are perks to being in a quilt guild for sure! Not to mention the friends you make, the amazing retreats you get to go on or even the great shows you can have…. But there’s free fabric involved too!!

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This Riley Blake challenge was just that! A challenge! When the guild has fabric challenges the manufacturer will supply each member with a little bundle of fabrics. Typically I’ve gotten little adorable bundles of 6 to 8 fat eighths and then you can make something! You can use just what’s given or you can add it to depending on the challenge ‘rules’.

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This challenge was hosted by Riley Blake using fabrics from their Basics Category.. I blindly signed up for the challenge before I had seen the fabrics. I actually really like all of them, but together? At first I was a bit stumped!

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I kept putting it off because I had no idea what I was going to do with this little bundle sitting on my sewing table. Then, as I mentioned before, my husband said, ‘make a bag. You love bags.’ I do love bags and I had been wanting to make a big bag to carry my quilts around while I am binding them. Or to take to Show and Tell at our guild meetings…

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So I set off to make a bag. I had had this design drawn a year ago with some flying geese, so I thought why not! I used this tutorial for no waste flying geese that I love!

The rules state that you can add more of the line or solids. So I did add solids. A bunch of solids. The orange to the outside and the inside is mostly solid teal and yellow.

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I did add some solids and the zombie fabric also from Riley Blake. At our quilt guild retreat I had seen Carrie Ellens using this fabric in her Riley Blake challenge quilt, and I loved it so, I had to add some into mine. The day after I got home I went to one of my local shops (right down the hill from me, how convient) and picked up a little bit!

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On the inside I added a couplke of quilting pockets. One for scissors and a seam ripper. And one with Velcro to hold my hair clips that I use for holding the binding in place.

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I also added a little needle holder! Right now in my little quilting bag, I just stick them in the side and I have found myself getting stuck. I’m hoping this will help!

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I wanted the bag to be big, but I wasn’t actually planning on it being this big! But I think it will work for what I need.

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I can’t decide if I like the front or the back best!

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