Dr. Seuss Toddler Backpack

Checking back in here again to let you know I am still alive and baby is still happily swimming around his little cocoon. πŸ™‚ 39 weeks tomorrow and trying to relax and not anticipate his arrival any second…soo hard to do!

Dr Suess backpack

Dr Suess backpack

Well I hadn’t sewed in over a week because I am just so tired at nap-times that I take naps myself. My poor Bernina was looking so sad and neglected I just had to give her some attention yesterday! A few weeks back I had started a toddler backpack for Oliver using Rae’s pattern and some Dr. Seuss fabric I have been saving for just the right project. I got the outer backpack all finished and there it has been sitting waiting for a lining. Really happy I got to finish it yesterday because Oliver’s old backpack (also Dr. Suess πŸ™‚ ) was a cheap nylon bag, and it is all but in shreds so he really needed a new one.

Dr Suess backpack

Thoughts on the pattern and construction:

I used Craft Fuse 808 to interface all the exterior pieces because they are quilting cotton weight. The lining is a medium weight twill fabric. I was worried it wouldn’t be sturdy enough but am happy to report that the interfacing and heavier weight lining combined to make a great sturdy bag! Now about the bag construction itself- This bag pattern is not for the faint of heart! It has quite the involved instructions and takes a bit of time to construct. However, like all of Rae’s patterns, the instructions are well-written and easy to follow- just be prepared to take your time. I am especially impressed with how professional-looking the strap turned out!

Dr Suess backpack Dr Suess backpack

I got to use some of my new feet for the bag construction and really liked how easy the piping foot made that section come together. I also looked through the flickr group before making my bag in order to get some ideas and decided to add pockets to each side panel. They were pretty straight-forward and easy to add except that I think the gathered one needs to be just a bit bigger in order to hold his water bottle. Oliver loves his new bag and likes to carry it around one-handed to show people…kinda cool that he’s old enough to appreciate what I make for him now!

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2 thoughts on “Dr. Seuss Toddler Backpack

  1. Thanks for posting your notes about the interfacing. I’m about to get started on the Toddler Backpack for my little ones (using quilting cotton) and toiling over the interfacing choice. I’ll be using craft fuse for the outside and shape flex for the lining!

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