So this may sound kind of lame, but this backpack was made a few months ago (way back in 2012)! I didn’t have the time to blog about it then but here it is now!
I was super excited to have finally bought the toddler backpack pattern by Made by Rae. I had been drooling over these backpacks for the longest time! I don’t know why I waited so long to get it – but it’s a good thing because Rae had updated it with instructions for adding a lining and enlarging the pattern. Yay!
I used this little cars fabric by Kokka Japan that I had purchased from a local store called Momen+ but Fabricworm has a great selection of Japanese import fabrics too. It’s so hard to find cute fabric for boys so I instantly fell in love with this print at the store.
I just love little backpacks on kids. It’s the most adorable thing ever!
Anyway, many firsts happened for me here! It was the first time I ever sewed piping. And it was the first time I sewed a zipper. And I think it went pretty swell! I was totally nervous about screwing up the piping so I looked up tutorials and found this awesome one. It was so helpful. I prefer to join the cords together rather than overlapping them for a cleaner look. Plus, it was so much easier to do it this way! So proud of myself. Of course, I was also sewing at the slowest possible speed. Ha!
The backpack turned out just a little bit floppy (even with the lining) but once it’s stuffed, it looks fine. Next time around, I will add interfacing.
This is such a great pattern to have on hand. It was $8 but so worth it, especially since I’ve decided that this would be my go-to gift for all the little toddlers I know!