As I mentioned in my last post, I will be spending the next few months sewing items to donate to my kids school to sell at their school fete. This next project is a set of toddler back packs. I made one a couple of months ago for a birthday present, and thought it was extremely cute.
This project has been a great stash buster for me, because I had all sorts of half yard cuts of denims and drills. A half yard of fabric is just not enough for a pair of shorts now that the kids are older and bigger. Drill and denim, being a bit heavier, made them a nice weight for the bags and more robust too.
The first bag I made (a few months ago) I quilted with wadding to add some stiffness, but I wanted to streamline the production of these ones, so stiffened the drills and denims with heavy duty iron on interfacing and that seems to have done the trick.
Each of the backpacks is lined with quilters cotton, has a zip opening and webbing handles and shoulder straps. I didn't add pockets- again just to stream line production. While its nice to add these details, they add to production time, and there fore the cost you must put on the finished item. For a Fete, I have found you have to try and keep your prices reasonable- and the best way to do that is to make your items simple and easy to sew.
The first backpack uses some vintage Noah's Ark curtains that I salvaged from the school kindy storeroom (with permission from the teacher). I thought it was a nice symmetry to repurpose it back to the school.
Backpack #2 uses a piece of stripe denim that I originally found in the Spotlight bargain bin- and has been hanging around for a few years waiting for a job.
This is current season Corduroy from Spotlight- from the Prints Charming range. I overbought yardage when I was making this skirt. I think it makes a pretty stunning bag. Adults can use toddler backpacks right?
Another Denim purchased from a bargain bin. I seem to have a thing for denim off cuts.
Bag #5; uses left over drill from the recently blogged racer shorts. It makes for an awesome "Boys" bag.