Thursday, September 26, 2013

Not so Selfish Sewing

Well I broke my promise to only sew for myself this week, and I made William this beyond adorable Toddler Backpack. I just couldn't help myself. This fabric has been calling my name for a while now and I finally sat down and did something with it.  I used Made by Rae's Toddler Backpack pattern to make the backpack. This pattern is fantastic! The directions are clear and concise and the bag came together super quick.

Let's take a moment and talk about this awesome fabric. When I saw it online at Terry's Fabrics, I just knew I had to have it. My dream car is a red and white vintage Volkswagen Van. Seriously if I could have any car in the entire world, that is what I would choose without giving it a second thought.

The fabric is a fantastic weight. It is upholstery weight rather than a quilting cotton, so it has a bit more body to it. I still have a decent amout of it left, and I think I am going to make a Weekender Bag out of it. 

I fussy cut the side panel to have that adorable blue van right in the center :) This was my very first attempt at sewing with piping. I was so scared when I sewed everything together, that I basted all the seams first so I could make sure I didn't mess up.

Of course William has already loaded it up with his toys :) I should have waited until I put the lining in to show it to him. I'll have to do it while he is sleeping, but I'll wait until it's not Selfish Sewing week anymore ;)

I used a thicker utility zipper so that it will be easier for William to open and close. Plus I really like the look of the thicker zipper.

I love that I went with the blue piping and the red zipper and straps. I almost went with red on red, but I think that would have been too much.

Seeing how much William loves his new backpack just melts my heart and makes me feel awesome :) So I guess technically that means I sewed this for me right?

If you get the chance, check out the awesome fabric Terry's has to offer. They have some adorable prints that I haven't seen anywhere else.


  1. So so cute! And William looks adorable carrying it!


  2. You're SO talented, wow. I always see your quilting pictures on Twitter and I'm always amazed!

  3. I agree with the color choices for the zipper, piping and straps. This came together beautifully!

  4. Wow, great mom this kid has. Love the backpack.

  5. Gorgeous and the fabric is super cool!

  6. Super duper cool! My little nephews would love to have one of these!
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

  7. This is so adorable, and I think anytime you enjoy making something, it's a little bit "selfish."

    I'm so glad you shared at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation


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