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Topic: $40 for a Hello Kitty Toddler Back Pack??? I think NOT!!!  (Read 4480 times)
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« on: May 18, 2009 11:11:19 PM »

So my 2 1/2 year old daughter likes to carry about 3 beanie babies, some coins,a sippy cup and other various items EACH time we head out to run errands, which means that either I try and keep track of all of them the entire time, or we lose some and then there are tears!  Sad baby tears.  So I told her I would get her a backpack, silly me asked if she would like a Hello Kitty backpack....You can see where this is going. We are in Okinawa and anything Hello Kitty, especially backpacks are ridiculously expensive! So we shopped all day long and the only tiny toddler backpacks with Hello Kitty on them were $40!! I refuse to pay $40 for a backpack my 2 year old may or may not use to transport her coins and dolls.

I checked for patterns online and only found ones that I had to pay for.  Sad
So I decided that I would wing it and try to figure one out on my own.  I had Hello kitty fabric that had cost me $2 for about a yard (I only used 1/2 of it). I had interfacing, a zipper (84 cents), I cut a belt in half for the straps and I used D-rings that I had cut off of an old belt. The total project cost me less than $4. And although it isn't perfect, it serves it's purpose and my daughter LOVES it!

I still can't believe I actually MADE this on my own with no pattern!  Grin













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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2009 11:49:59 PM »

that is awesome, for u not using a pattern! I love that fabric! I don't blame u for not wanting to spend $40 on a bag, u made one that was probably better than it anyways! Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2009 12:21:02 AM »

i may biased because i love anything hello kitty, but i think this backpack is great.
Perfect for a toddler.. or me. <3
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2009 05:58:20 AM »

Congratulations, it's fantastic!!  I really like the look of the belt straps, I think it's cute to have the straps be a bit of a contrast to the backpack.

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2009 07:34:00 AM »

Yay! So cute, and resourceful. I love it, now to get my hands on some of that fabric!
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2009 08:57:48 AM »

How clever of you, this is a great way to teach your daughter to be responsible for her stuff. This backpack is very cute, I don't think you'd be able to find anything in her size if you bought one. Hello Kitty is expensive in general.
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2009 10:11:47 AM »

I bet she does love it- not only made by hand especially for her by mom, but it is truly one of a kind.

Good on ya for coming up with your own- I can't bring myself to pay that kind of money for something like that either.
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2009 03:57:07 PM »

Very cute. You did a wonderful job.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2009 05:59:12 PM »

if i didn't know any better, i'd say someone just got nominated for the coolest mommy ever award!  what a sweet job you did on a neat-o backpack that NO OTHER toddler on the playground has.  i wish you were my mom.
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2009 06:05:34 PM »

What a good job!  You're such a good mom.

I've been looking for some Hello Kitty fabric, and I know it's hard to find.
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« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2009 05:38:12 PM »

That is remarkable! And good for you for not buying a forty dollar backpack and figuring it out on your own; it turned out awesome!
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« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2009 08:34:06 PM »

Thanks for all the kind words!
I guess I didn't realize how hard it was to find Hello Kitty fabric in places other than Japan. I have been spoiled living here. Although I will say, usually the Hello Kitty fabric is the most expensive of all the fabrics...  Shocked
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« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2009 08:12:38 AM »

You did a beautiful job and it's so cute. With two boys, I'm so not into Hello Kitty but I do have a god daughter and a niece who might like  something like that.  So adorable.
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« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2009 01:11:55 PM »

I have two granddaughters and they love Hello Kitty and Tinker Bell . How big is your back pack and what measurements do you use to cut your pieces! I want to know so I can give them a BIG surprise!
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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2009 03:48:25 PM »

The 2 large pattern pieces that make up the front and back panels measure approx 11" tall by 5" wide  The side panels measure approx. 5 1/2 " wide. I hope this helps.  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2009 07:26:42 PM »

you said :11 inches high
               5 inches wide? for the front and back panel
and the side panels 5 1/2 is that OK.?
Thanks . My grandchildren are going to have a big surprise this weekend!!!!
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« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2009 07:49:32 PM »

wow! what a great mummy u are!!! well done too on winging it! looks awesome!!!  Grin Grin
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« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2011 04:01:31 AM »

That is precious! I need to get to work on a Diego one for my 2 year old.
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