I had fabric in my shop that I fell in love with the minute I saw the sample at the Kokka distributor. Sometimes, I fall in love with the Japanese novelty prints for no reason, but this time, I knew why I loved this print. I knew it would make the absolutely perfect little girls backpack.
I took out my trusty go-to book - Little Things to Sew by Oliver + S's Liesl Gibson. Really, my go-to for all my sewing between her book and her patterns. But, for some reason, I didn't make my kid the backpack. Maybe it was the zipper? Maybe it was bag hardware? I should have done this a long time ago.
I knew that I wanted the main fabric to be first and foremost in this project, so I chose a rather subdued beige cross-hatch fabric for the straps and lining. Given the great instructions, the bag went together with absolutely no problem whatsoever. The only change that I made was adding interfacing to the lining for a bit more structure.
The Kokka fabric I chose is the perfect weight for this project. Sturdy enough to not be floppy, but not thick enough to cause any undue stitching woes. I carefully placed the bears on the front to include complete bear-faces and a complete French phrase.
Maybe someday I'll get to France....I'm such a sucker for anything French!
Here's the photo of my daughter wearing it....please forgive the early morning hair!
The backpack is the perfect size for a little kid. I included an embroidered name label for the inside....not my best work, but perfectly suitable for a 3 year old!
The best compliment that I got was from my 23 year old daughter who says she wants one too!