I can hardly believe that some kids are already back in school! August school seems totally wrong to me, especially since it’s just starting to feel like summer here in the Midwest. Some of you have been thinking ahead though and have already been sewing backpacks using my Toddler Backpack Pattern for the coming school year. I love the print combos on this one. Are those tiny polka dots on the aqua fabric? Why yes, they are.
I’m always a sucker for transportation prints. Kokka really pulls out all the stops with the Echino line (the two on either side below). Don’t you think someone needs to make a backpack Right. Now. with the scooter print??And those…
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On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…ten lords-a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids-a-milking, seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying, five golden rings, four colly birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!
…and Rae gave to me a Toddler Backpack Sewing pattern!
This backpack is designed for tiny backs and little shoulders: perfect for toddlers to pack their toys and treasures for play dates and excursions. Since you probably won’t be able to stop at making just one, this pattern does include instructions to enlarge the backpack to fit school-aged children.
My Elliot starts kindergarten next week. WAAAAAH! Unbelieveable. With back-to-school season here, I thought we should take a peek at all the great backpacks that people have been making with my Toddler Backpack pattern. The original pattern was intended for preschool-aged children, 2-5ish (hence the name, “toddler”), but has since been updated to include easy instructions for enlarging it for a school-aged child so it can accommodate the normal 8.5×11″ sized notebooks and handouts and whatnot. At the top of my current To Sew List is a school-sized one for E. Only time will tell if this backpack actually materializes by the first day of kindergarten or not.
Tonight I’m winding up the “Back to School Wardrobe” course I have been teaching over the last couple of months with Karen LePage at Blue House in Ann Arbor. We’re having a “show and tell” at a local restaurant and I cannot WAIT it’s going to be so much fun. We had a fantastic group of women who have been sewing up a storm and have been so much fun to hang out with. There were five projects over five sessions (a basic pant, Tee for Two knit tee, Charlie Tunic woven top, the Toddler Backpack, and the Reversible Jacket from Sewing for Boys), so as you can imagine it was a rather ambitious curriculum. One of…
1. Boy Backpacks, 2. Toddler backpack-4, 3. DSC_0763, 4. For My Mother (for Betsy, Brigid and Me), 5. DSC_0376, 6. Toddler Backpack (Made by Rae pattern), 7. backpack, 8. Airplane Backpack, 9. Toddler Backpack, 10. Snail back pack, 11. BackpackSide, 12. babym backpack back, 13. Toddler backpack, 14. Groovy guitars, 15. backpack, view 3, 16. Toddler Backpack
All of these adorable backpacks were made with my Toddler Backpack Sewing Pattern. Boy-friendly fabrics make these fun for boys and extra accents such as pockets, tags and applique make them even more unique!
From the sudden increase in toddler backpack pattern sales over the last couple of days, it seems many of you have decided it’s time to sew your kiddo a backpack so they can be stylin’ as they hop off the bus. Be sure to post them to the Toddler Backpack Pool (along with modifications, suggestions, and the fabric you used) so that we can all enjoy your handiwork!
Photo Cred (as with Spring Top Week, I assume that you’re OK with having your picture up on my blog if it’s in the pool; if not, please let me know ASAP!):
1. Toddler Backpack, 2. IMG_0412, 3. Toddler Backpack, 4. DSC_0505, 5.
One of the things on the top of my list to finish last week was another little toddler backpack:
I had had a request from a non-sewing mom to make one awhile back; she liked the pattern but it’s not exactly a learn-to-sew project. She wanted a dark denim and liked the idea of piping with red (I had red and brown on hand), so I went for a truck applique with some newly-acquired Michael Miller Polka Dots (more projects with that soon!).
Toddler Backpack Sewing Pattern PDF (NOTE: this is the new updated version of the pattern, if you purchased the pattern between March 2009 – October 2011 and are looking JUST the add-on, click here)
Purchase this version if you will use the pattern for yourself or for gifts for others (no profit, for personal use only).
**Please read my purchasing/printing instructions first if you have never purchased an instant download PDF pattern before. Thanks!** The digital pattern and instructions will be sent to your…
So just popping in today to say that I’ve been working all week (remember, that’s in Toddler Time, meaning during naps and after bedtime) on the PDF backpack pattern, and it’s almost ready for sale. My guess is in the next day or so, so check back. I’ll also be selling the little yellow backpack pictured above if anyone’s interested; not sure we need multiple toddler backpacks around here..
So glad you liked them; thanks for all the kind comments! And someone must have linked to me today because gadzooks my inbox is full…
Oh and thanks to the Riesen family, I think my Russian translator has finally arrived:
(for those just joining us I was wondering what the…
This weekend I made up a new pattern for a little backpack with a zipper. Elliot’s birthday is coming up soon, and he’s been walking around the house with my two-strap purses over both shoulders exclaiming “Elliot’s Backpack!” (I suspect this may have something to do with the shopping trip his Aunt Sara and I took with him to the Coach outlet a few weeks ago). Poor child, he has no idea people don’t (usually) wear purses like backpacks. Why else would they have two straps?
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