It was really fun to have a bunch of new visitors from Noodlehead last week, thanks for stopping by and saying hi! And thanks for all the sick day well wishes – Lila made an amazingly quick recovery, which meant there was no sick day #2. And that gave me time to finish up a backpack for my nephew’s second birthday.
I used the Toddler Backpack Pattern from Made by Rae – it’s a great pattern and kids look so cute and grown-up wearing these little backpacks. Two is old enough to start carrying around your own stuff, right?
The elephants are a Japanese print from Daiwabo, and the straps, bottom, and lining are duck cloth. The duck cloth is pretty heavy, and the pattern instructions recommend against it (which I read after cutting everything out, of course). I had a moment of panic – I didn’t have time (or fabric) to cut out new pieces, so I changed my needle to a 14 and went for it. The bulkiest seams were a little tricky, but it all came right in the end. The first backpack I made was lined with quilting cotton and it ended up pretty floppy – I love how sturdy this one turned out with the heavier lining.
Anyway, we packed it up with play dough and headed to the park for the birthday party. And Lila devoured that cupcake, then licked every crumb from the paper, then licked every crumb off her fingers. Must be feeling better…