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.

16 comments:

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

    XOXO
    Chelsea
    http://anchorsaweigh-ouradventure.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

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  5. Gorgeous and the fabric is super cool!

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

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  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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