With that in mind I asked Bonnie Christine (the designer of the Forest Floor Fabrics) to send me small scraps from quite a few of the different prints. I believe my exact words were, “so small you’d normally throw them in the trash!” But she was so generous with the size of the pieces she sent me, that I knew I had to make something larger. And I knew exactly which item I would cross off my 2016 Sewing Plans Pinterest board; the heart backpack.
But when I looked through the pattern, I realized Abby, of Sew Much Ado, had also created a Bunny backpack pattern, and I had enough fabric to make that too!
Before I began constructing the backpacks, I laminated the outside pieces with Pellon Vinyl-Fuse Gloss to make the backpack more durable. It was so easy and created such a fun result I think I’m on a mission to vinyl all the things now! Because this is also a stabilizer, I eliminated the interfacing from these pieces.
One change I made to the Heart backpack pattern was to use some webbing I had instead of constructing my own straps. The other change was to use an exposed zipper for added girly-ness!
For Annie’s backpack I used Wild Posy Flora fabric and the FREE pattern from Sew Much Ado. She is completely in love with this new backpack. She says she loves the heart shape, the flowers and it’s size. She says it’s just big enough to carry her water bottle and a few other treasures!
For the baby boy’s backpack I used Sew Much Ado’s FREE bunny backpack pattern. The main part of the backpack uses Capped Dim fabric and the straps are from Maple Mill Fog fabric. I wasn’t sure if Baby would like the backpack or even keep it on, but once he saw his sister wearing hers, he couldn’t be parted from it!
Both backpacks are lined with Timber Nightfall fabric.
The entire time I was sewing these backpacks I couldn’t believe these are free patterns! They are so amazingly awesome that I know I’ll be making them over and over again.
Today I’m sharing a round up of 12 boy’s backpack patterns over at Our Chez Nous for Boys Sewing Week! Psst! There’s a great giveaway over there too!
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