So my son is starting kindergarten tomorrow. Of course I wanted to make him a backpack to use.
ChrisW Designs released an awesome backpack pattern called the Dawn to Dusk backpack a few months ago and I excitedly bought it.
|Modfied Dusk to Dawn Backpack|
So I decided to make a few modfications to the pattern. First I omitted the flaps and buckles to keep the bag very simple. I know, I know.. booooring.. but simple!
I added elastic to the side pockets so his drink bottle could be secure.
I think the bag is smaller than a normal full size backpack so I increased the size of the outside zipper pocket and I am hoping that his lunch and snacks can be carried in there most of the time. I also omitted the pen pockets.
|Front zipper pocket|
|Extra large zipper pocket|
The exterior is a laminated fabric. It was my first time working with it and I couldn't have done it without my trusty walking foot. I couldn't use my zipper foot. Luckily I had extra long zippers so was able to move the pull completely out the way and set my needle to the left or the right to get close to the zipper. I also could only stitch with the laminated side right side up for topstitching. I was lazy and didn't try other tricks like machine oil or tape on the foot.
I was able to interface the laminated fabric using a press cloth. I was pleased with how my heavy weight interfacing worked with the laminate. I used fleece and interfacing on the front, back and bottom and only interface on the sides.
The interior was an outdoor fabric I found at my local fabric store. I thought it worked well with the superhero exterior.
|Inside out - large elastized pocket|
|Inside out - zipper pocket on other side.|
Now let's all hope the kid can fit all those important things a 4 year old needs into the bag!
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