Toddler Backpacks

When my friend, Sedef, from Down Grapevine Lane asked if I would make something for her quilt market booth to showcase her debut fabric line, Sweet Orchard, I knew her collection would be perfect to make a cute toddler backpack. I used this pattern from Made By Rae, but since I hadn’t ever made it before, I thought it would be best to make a one first with fabric I had on hand (shown below left). At the time, Sweet Orchard prints were only available in limited quantities for quilt market projects and now you only have to wait a few more months for it to be released this August.Backpacks_Front_BPI knew I wanted a scrappy look in the sense that more than one print would be used, which is not always typical with backpacks. I figured it would be the best way to showcase as many of the collection’s prints as possible. This probably isn’t a project for a beginning  but I did find that the bag came together quite well.Backpacks_Back_BPI used nylon webbing for the bottom of the straps, but I recommend making your own fabric straps for the bottom and sewing them inside the seam multiple times. Once the kiddos get a hold of these and stuff them full of goodies, it can be hard on the seams and straps.  I ended up redoing the straps for the boy version due to the nylon fraying inside the seam and ultimately pulling loose after a bit of use. I gave this little guy, Theo, the boy backpack as a birthday gift and he loves it to pieces (hence having to make the straps more secure – but it’s all good!).TG_1_BPTG_2_BPAnd cutie pie, Lucy, kindly volunteered to model the Sweet Orchard backpack before I sent it off to quilt market.LO_2_BPLO_1_IGIf you attended the convention this past weekend in Salt Lake City, you may have spotted it in Sedef’s booth, along with my Sweet Orchard Little Granny Mini Quilt. There will be more sewing with this fabric line later this summer when the collection is released in August.

–Stacy

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