Monday, November 21, 2016

Gingercake Patterns Day Off Backpack + GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to the SweetKM stop on the Gingercake Patterns Holiday Gift Sewing Tour! The tour includes 5 weeks, 5 giveaways, and enough handmade gift inspiration to fill up all that space under the Christmas tree. Today I'm sharing the Day Off Backpack from Gingercake Patterns. We have a few other well loved Gingercake projects (Lola Owl Bag, Lola Owl Ornament/Gift Card Holder, Love Your Lunch Box), and I can't wait to add this one to our collection.
I've lost my kid sewing mojo lately, they grow out of everything so fast, and I would rather sew for myself. Making this bag has brought it back in a new way. Handmade bags offer all the fun of playful kid's fabrics and details, but will be useful a whole lot longer!

Scooters are our main mode of transportation around town. Each kid carries their stuff in one of those drawstring backpacks you get for free at fairs. They are great to carry a sweater when the day gets warm, or a water bottle, but if we're out for the whole day the skinny little straps start to get uncomfortable, and aren't up to being filled with a kid's share of the groceries, or splash park gear. I chose this backpack pattern so I could make a more substantial, and versatile pack for the kids to carry all day. The straps of this pack are thick enough that they can even carry their own library books (a huge relief to their bag toting mama!).
The Day Off Backpack pattern comes with adult or child sizes. Both sizes have a snap closure for the main opening, a flap over the opening, and adjustable straps. The adult version has a front zip pocket that could easily be adapted for the kid size.

I made a few small changes to the pattern adding 1" in each direction of the body, and modifying the straps for 1 1/2" hardware (because I couldn't find 1" hardware locally). I used the back piece for the front and the back, and used the top back piece on the front too, to make the casing for the added drawstring.

The fabric is a super cute, orange cat cotton print from Ikea. Most Ikea fabrics are a light weight canvas that is perfect for bags and pouches. Both denims are scraps from other projects. The dark denim has some stretch in one direction. I used a layer of interfacing to stabilize it and used it so the weight of the load was in the non-stretch direction. I modified the shape of the flap to fit a blown up copy of the cat face that I cut out of wool felt and topstitched to plain white canvas. Now that I have a good understanding of the construction I'd like to make a zip top version using the dog print from the upcoming Maker Maker fabric line. (get it...cats and dogs:)

I top stitched the word Meow along the base of the backpack. It was one of the first, impatient things I did, and I wish I had taken the time to get orange thread. I used doubled all purpose thread, but the color doesn't pop enough to do it justice.
L found one of the spare print outs of the cat face that I left in the printer. Based on her reaction she will be thrilled with this backpack, and so am I!

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Check out the rest of the Gingercake Holiday Blog tour for more great gift ideas!

fabric mutt / made-by-Sara/ sweet KM/ Gingercake/ Jedi Craft Girl/ Sew can she/ LBG studio/ cafenohut/ Welcome to the Mousehouse/ Blue Robin Cottage/ sewpony


  1. I can't stand it! I want one for me! Gorgeous Kristy! Thanks so much!

  2. My daughter would go crazy over this bag! I'm Hoping to finish Christmas sewing soon. I started in July, so just a few little things left. :)

    1. WOW! July!? I wish I was that organized. This is my first homemade gift for the year. Better get busy!

  3. Hi,this back pack is adorable! Thanks for sharing! Yes,I have made a red+green placemat set and now working on a Mini Quilt!

  4. I was sure I commented a few hours ago (I know the rafflecopter is filled out). Can't find my comment and apologies if it's not lost (but awaiting posting). love this backpack would have been perfect for my daughter when she was a pre teen! Anyhow, I do projects both ahead of occasions and behind. I have a table mat completed, some pouches completed and now I'm moving back to more pouches in various motifs (including seasonal to use as packaging for gift cards!)

  5. this backpak is soooo cute, wanna make one ! thanks for the giveaway , i'm rather a last minute sewist i must admit

  6. Oh I just love this! It's gorgeous.

  7. I must confess I am a last minute sewer for the holidays! And I make a lot of gifts!