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.
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!).
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.
Gingercake is offering a different giveaway for each week of the blog tour! Enter below, and keep an eye out for more giveaways.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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