Thursday, 14 January 2010

Packed and ready

I have hoarded, I mean kept, some Wizard of Oz fabric I bought from Corrie ages ago for just the right project, and when I saw the Made by Rae backpack that Joy made for her son Austen, I knew I had found it.

But before cutting into my precious material I decided to make one up using things in my stash, so here is my test backpack.

This is a really sweet little pattern and I found it easy to follow, but it took some time as there were lots of processes to it.

This was probably partly due to the fact that I wanted the piping to match really well so made my own (a first for me), then the cotton twill I bought for the straps were not wide enough and so were slipping so I made them too, and I am glad I did as they now match really nicely.

It's not lined so the inside you can see the seams - I bound the ones inside near the zipper panel for neatness.

It is a really cute little bag but after I started it Joy suggested interfacing the fabric and I will definitely do this for the next one so it 'sits up' better on its own.

I filled the bag with paper to take these pics.

You can't really see it too well, but on the back near the top between the straps I sewed a small piece of plastic (with glitter through it as that was all I had on hand) on three sides, so the new owner can slip a piece of paper inside with her name and address on it.

Now I have another cut and ready to go for the twin brother of the girl who will be getting this for her birthday.

Then it's on to the kinder bags.

16 comments:

Beetlehouse Designs said...

Love it, Love it, Love it. Well done Karen. It looks fabulous.

cherri said...

I love this pattern - just devine! Your fabric looks great - what is the Wizard of Oz one like?

Sally said...

Such a lovely bag. Truly lovely.

Becky said...

A great bag! Can't wait to see it in your hoarded fabric :)

Dani said...

It looks great Karen. I have this pattern and some fabric, but haven't gotten around to it yet, one day!

Liam's Mummy said...

It looks great Karen. I can't wait to see it in the Wizard of Oz fabric!

Cass said...

Looks great Karen. I have mine here already cut out just need to sew it. I'm using laminated cotton so I don't think I will interface it but I might need to pick your brain when I get stuck

Miss Amy said...

I think I need this pattern :D it looks great karen! cant wait to see the wizard of oz fabric one!

Nikki Cardigan said...

You've done a great job on a time-consuming pattern. I looks really cute. Nice work on the homemade piping.

I found that this pattern really challenged my ideas about when to make and when to buy.

Kylie said...

It looks great - well done.

Sarah-Jo said...

wow such patience I dont think I could make such a fabulous looking bag, infact i know i couldnt so i bow down to you well done!!@!

Handmade said...

That's really cute - great work!

Cascade Lily said...

Great job Karen!

Gina said...

Oh my goodness, I can see the work that has gone into the bags. Your straps are gorgeous. Well done you! (PS you are insane).

Suz said...

That's fantastic! Can't wait to see the second one.

Carolyn said...

love your version! How did you find the piping around the edges? Any tips for me? (I found them a pita!)

I will also try and line my next one. Just add the lining to the other side of the zip and then add the lining to it after I finish the rest of the bag... or am i talking goblly goop?