I love having friends who think more highly of my skills than I do. They challenge me to attempt projects that I would otherwise avoid. Thanks to my young friend, Kelly, though, it has now been determined that a toddler backpack is not so daunting.
Kelly and her husband just had a new baby girl a couple of days ago. In anticipation of her arrival, they recently finished potty-training their soon-to-be two-year-old daughter, Madeline. Being a super-organized mommy, Kelly likes to carry supplies to make Madeline's restroom visits easier on outings, as well as a change of clothing, just in case. She thought that it would be a good idea to have Madeline carry her own bag once the new baby arrives, while Mommy carries the diaper bag.
I bought Rae's pattern (and the license to sell), and found that it's quite user-friendly. This is something that could be made in very little time, but it took me over a week. It's not that it was complicated; but I wanted to work with Kelly to decide on fabrics, monogram style, embroidery color, etc. Her inspiration came from here, which helped me to envision how the backpack should look.
The fabric store didn't have any piping that I liked, so I made my own:
Rae, in her very clear, detailed instructions, suggests either hiding the inside seams with bias tape or adding a lining. I was pretty sure that I didn't want to bother with the bias tape, and my girls kept saying that a lining seemed like the best option. So, a lining it is! I added an inside pocket, too, but I didn't get an acceptable photo. The pocket matches the piping.
I have one more item to complete for Kelly before sending this off to her in the mail next week. I can't wait to see photos of little Madeline carrying her bag. She's such a doll!
Head on over to Amy's Sew & Tell to see what others have been inspired to create this week!