So instead - I present to you...
This is a variation of the pattern that I used for the love-letter mini clutch. Slightly change the shape, add a few straps and voila - a backpack! You'll notice a lot of similarities in the instructions.
What you'll need...
- 60 cm x 110 cm outer fabric
- 50 cm x 80 cm lining fabric
- 50 cm x 80 cm medium weight fusible interfacing
- Scrap of heat and bond
- 2 D rings
- 10 cm hat elastic
- Coordinating button
- Coordinating thread
To start with, you'll need to draw up a super simple template. You will need four pieces of A4 paper, a pencil, a ruler, some sticky tape and a something circular so that you can create the backpack's rounded corners. I used a teacup.
Stick two pieces of paper together (with the long sides together) and fold in half lengthwise.
When folded in half, the width of the paper should be 15cm. Measure and mark 25cm from the bottom of your paper and draw a line the width of the paper. On this line measure and mark 10cm from the folded edge of the paper. Measure and mark 10 cm from the fold at the very top of your paper, too. Join the two 10cm markings together. Phew... this diagram is the best way to explain it, I think!
Next, take your two remaining pieces of A4 paper and tape them together in the same way. Fold your paper in half lengthwise. Measure and mark 25cm from the bottom of the paper and draw a line across the width of the paper.
(apologies for the terrible photo - it looks like some weirdo shadow puppet...)
Now it's time to cut your fabric. You'll need
- One front piece and one back piece in your outer fabric
- One front piece and one back piece in your lining fabric
- One front piece and one back piece in medium weight fusible interfacing
- You'll also need a strip of outer fabric 12cm x 110cm to make the straps.
When you have cut your fabric and assembled your notions, you should have a collection that looks a little like this...
Let's start with appliqueing the monogram. You need to draw the monogram onto the papery side of the heat and bond. Remember that if it isn't a symmetrical letter you'll need to draw it in reverse. I drew mine by hand, but you can print out a template from your computer if you want to use a fancy font.
Take the 12cm x 110 cm piece and iron it in half lengthwise to create a crisp fold.
You need to attach the short straps to the bottom of the right side of the back piece (the opposite end to where you have just appliqued the letter). Fold the back piece in half lengthwise to find its mid point. Measure out 5cm from both sides of this mid point and pin the the two short straps in these positions. Sew. Make sure you reinforce your seam by sewing over it a number of times.
Trim the seam and clip the curves
Take the lining and the outer pieces and sandwich them so the outer fabric is inside the lining. Match up the side seams and pin carefully.
For some reason I forgot to take a picture of the bag at this point, but it should look a lot like the finished product - the only things missing should be the buttons and the d rings.
Now you just need to do a little finishing off.
Firstly, attach the D rings to the short straps. Make sure you double over the end of the strap so that there are no raw edges showing. Stitch the ends of the short strap into place.
It's time to take your buddy exploring!