Back again and with something crafty!
Finally finished poor Eddie’s school bag- um, 6 months late.
Augie has had his since the beginning of the year, but I was too lazy to do two bags.
The size of these was important. Remember Augie’s Kindergarten backpack? That thing is a pain to get things in and out of! These were going to fit everything including their lunchbox and huge library books, but not too big that they couldn’t carry them.
There aren’t any inside pockets since I know they’d never use them. Girls maybe, but boys don’t use inside pockets. The outside pocket is a must since their morning snack must be in there for fast and easy access. I learned how to do this “dimensional pocket” from Cindy Taylor Oates’ great pattern for Backpacks. (I recommend highly this pattern!) It was so easy to do and came out perfectly every time.
The hardest part is that top zipper. Since this was my pattern, I had to work hard to get all the pieces to fit. Now I know why patterns with top zippers are never sewn in at the ends. I did sew my ends in. I had to rip it out many times because it was hard to get the corners neat and everything matched up. Do you see my mistake?
I think I went through 10 needles sewing these two bags. There’s stiff peltex interfacing throughout and two layers of home dec fabric. Then there was the handles which were interfaced as well. There was some major cursing going on!
Needless to say, my trusty Singer was put to the test! I love that machine.
(The mistake was the top piece with the zipper. The lining camo fabric is on one side and the outside skateboard fabric is on the other. I know it’s hard to tell and the fabrics match, but I can tell. It drives me nuts.)