Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sew Back To School!

I'm sewing back to school!


Miss Natalie is over the moon excited about her first day of Kindergarten. After a year and a half of preschool, she's been itching to be a "big kid" in the elementary school, get a "big" backpack, ride the bus home...


After searching locally and being disappointed with the selection of backpacks available, not to mention reluctant to buy her something with a particular character on it (they never last - neither the backpack nor the child's love for the characters!), I finally settled on the idea of making her one - never mind that I'm not a bag sewist, at all! But after seeing pictures of the Star Student backpack from Peekaboo Pattern Shop, and having experience with Amy's patterns, I decided I'd better give it a try. Natalie picked her fabric, basing it off her favorite color (pink!) and favorite animal (cow!)


Well, why not. The love for cows is sure to last longer than the love for Frozen!

When I went to grab the backpack pattern, I noticed the Star Student Lunch Box too. And - if you buy both - there's a discount? Oh, well then - if you insist! Spoiler alert: size wise, the backpack seems more intimidating, but it was easier than the lunch box! The backpack was a BREEZE. I was shocked at how easy it was - even for someone like me, who sews clothing primarily and normally doesn't touch fusible fleece or foam - I had the best time sewing! I finished in one day (stopping for momming, you know, with all the kids at home) and stayed up until 2 am because I just couldn't stand to walk away from it.


Don't let me scare you away from the lunchbox, though. That was fun, too! It incorporates Insul-Bright (the stuff found in oven mitts) for thermal qualities, and PUL or something waterproof for the lining (who wants to be washing a lunchbox with spilled applesauce every day?) Both of those CAN be tricky, but Amy's step-by-step made the process pretty painless. The end result is so amazing - and despite the materials not being the easiest, the whole thing comes together in less than 20 steps (and if you make the backpack first, a lot of it will be intuitive)! The trickiest part was my fault (on both bags) - I somehow ended up with two SEPARATING zippers! With metal teeth!


But - we did it. I conquered, and I have to say, those metal teeth look awesome!


I love that the straps are padded on the backpack, all of the webbing ends are neatly stitched inside with a "barn door" or "x box" pattern for stability, and everything is neatly lined, enclosed, and professionally finished. Plus, there's the option to add some heavy duty snaps, so the lunchbox can be attached to the backpack - no more forgetting your lunch or leaving the empty box on the bus! Results to be proud of!

Natalie is so happy, and told her teacher very proudly on Open House night that "Mom made it!" *aww, shucks, kid*

Here's today's Host Post at Lulu & Celeste - make sure you check there for the big sew along link up and grand prize (details here)!! The sew along link up runs until September 4th, so any back to school sewing you're doing, make sure you enter! Also, enter today's giveaway below with the Rafflecopter - you can win 1 PDF pattern from Modkid AND 1 PDF pattern from Audrey & Tiffany!

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Today's bloggers have more Back to School sewing inspiration for you - check them out, show them some love!

Create 3.5 - Sew Sophie Lynn - Sweeter Than Cupcakes - The Wining Wife - Paisley Roots - The Eli Monster


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28 comments:

  1. what a fun back pack. Love the cow fabric and pink combo! (ps. great favourite animal :) )

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    1. Thanks! Haha, I know - I love it! She has three stuffed ones and they're her "cow family", they go everywhere together! This was her way of bringing Cow to school, too!

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  2. "Mom made it!" Some of my favorite words. You did a great job! I usually stick to clothing too, but I just finished sewing a bag for the first time ever, and it's much more fun than I expected.

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    1. Oh, SO fun! I didn't think it'd be so easy, and was pleasantly surprised by the whole experience! Thanks!

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  3. Great backpack. I never had the confidence to try one!

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    1. Oh, try it, by all means! Or if you don't need a backpack, find a bag pattern. They really are such a fun sew, and nowhere near as intimidating as they look at first glance!!

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  4. What a great job! Love the matching backpack and lunchpail!

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    1. Thanks Jona! She loves them, and I love that if she loses one no one else has one like it to get mixed up!

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  5. Oh wow. That is amazing!! It looks so professional too!

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    1. Best kind of compliment :D Thank you!

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  6. I think I see backpacks and lunch boxes in my near future.

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  7. I have two starting kindergarten this year! Great work on the backpack!

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    1. Kindergartners are the best :D Thank you!

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  8. How adorable! Not sure I would be so brave as to take on a backpack.

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    1. Never say never! It's much, much easier than it looks!

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  9. What a great backpack! :) Looks awesome!

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  10. Definitely a pro job on that backpack! Bonus points for you when she told her teacher that you made it! That is so cool and will always make a great memory for you and your little sweetie.

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    1. Thank you!! :) Really sweet, she knows I make a lot of her clothes but she's never told anyone about it before!

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