Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Drawstring Backpacks

I've finally finished all 6 of the drawstring backpacks!!!  All are fated to be Christmas gifts for various young people in my life.

These backpacks are fairly easy to sew, and you can have TONS of fun playing around with color and style.  I follow Anna's (from Noodlehead) basic drawsting backpack tutorial (only I do a few things differently).

All of my measurements for each piece of fabric comes from Anna's tutorial.  However, I piece together the pocket differently.  For the patchwork pockets, I sew the 2 pieces (top and bottom) together.  Then, I follow the Sew, Mama, Sew Blog's Zippered Pocket Tutorial to complete the lined pocket.  I line up the zipper with the seam between the top and bottom piece.

The above backpack is made from some of the vintage fabric passed along to me from my mother when they moved from their house into an apartment a few years back.  I'm not sure exactly when it's from, but I love it.  For this one, I used only one piece of fabric for the pocket.  I didn't want to take too much away from the main fabric.

To assemble the backpack, I follow Anna's instructions.

Each backpack is fully lined, and the perfect size for a young person to carry around.

This pocket-less one is going to serve as Sweetpea's new dance bag.  Munch and Boy are going to paint some things on the front of it to make it special for her.  I lined it with pink (her favorite color), and used the same material for the tabs at the bottom.

(I love them all, but I think this one is my favorite!)

They come together fairly quickly, and can make the perfect gift for someone - alone or stuffed with some goodies.  It's been my go-to gift for birthdays and such this whole year!

(If all goes well, on Thursday, I should have my first ever tutorial of my very own to post!  I'm so excited about this.  Fingers crossed.)


Jessie said...

Really cute Alayne! I wasn't so excited about that drawstring backpack when I saw it on Noodlehead but you make it look really worth doing!

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