Maybe I was recently trolling through Instagram (okay I do this every morning) when I found this super cute fabric and haberdashery shop that is new to Insta.. @AlwaysKnittingAndSewing on Twitter and Instagram.
They are based out of the UK and sell a variety of Quilting weight cottons and poly cottons, knitting supplies, sewing necessities and really great gift sets (HOLIDAY SEASON) for your crafting friends and family.
The fabric they sent me is adorable!! You're going to flip out... Maybe you're thinking I should have waited for Spring but I'm a sucker for illustrated prints and any sort of polkadot combo. There was no waiting with this cutie.
I was inspired to make a backpack with the little bunnies and mushrooms. I picked up some interfacing and fleece batting from B&J Fabrics, and some ribbon, webbing and a striped ribbon from Daytona Trim You can get these things from most fabric stores, but I love these two! .. I used Simplicity 1388 OS
I would not suggest this project for beginners! If you are new to sewing I recommend starting with the messenger. It is fun to sew though. For mine I switched up some of the fabric selections, putting a bit of contrast on the bottom gusset. I thought the polka dots looked so cute with the mushrooms on the fabric.
Knowing what I know now, when I make the backpack again I will add a divider on the inside for my computer. It's nice to have it in it's own section. I would also add a mesh pocket to the outside for my water bottle. I love extra pockets in my backpacks!
I was pleasantly surprised with the size. I thought this would be a bit smaller from the images. The gussets are bigger than expected and I can fit quite a bit in it. It's been great for my back and forth to the studio- Computer, Book of the week #GIRLBOSS, Lunch and Water.. oh and all the misc things that accumulate when I'm not looking. ;)
about 1 yard of both lining and main fabric (leaves you with a tiny bit extra in case you make an extra pocket) 45"
2 yards webbing, 2 yards ribbon
2 gliders to match webbing size
1/4y elastic for loops
2 matching zippers 22"
1y interfacing medium weight, 1y fleece interfacing
If you try this pattern and have questions just comment below- I will try to help.