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« on: February 22, 2012 07:46:08 AM »

For some reason I have been in a crafting slump (seriously, I am closing in on a year soon) but when I saw this backpack on Ebay (http://www.ebay.ca/itm/New-Thai-Large-Handmade-OWL-Patchwork-Backpack-Bag-/260937945458?pt=US_CSA_WH_Handbags&hash=item3cc11d1172) I KNEW THAT I HAD TO MAKE IT! Au revoir crafting slump! Hello new inspiration! Wink

The body of the backpack was really quite easy to make, I just looked at the pictures of the Ebay bag and sketched out a pattern. I lined everything (including the feathers) with a thick felt (for some reason I haven't gotten the hang of sewing cotton batting) to make everything super sturdy. The hardest part I ran into was making the straps. I spent hours making cute little patchwork straps out of the batik fabric and as soon as I sewed them on the backpack and put it on they stretched a ridiculous amount and some seams started to pop :/ (because, as I mentioned, I lined everything with felt the backpack is quite heavy, I'd say at least 3-5 pounds.... Without anything in it! Oops.... Wink ). I then decided to use webbing for the straps. I need this baby to be able to hold quite a bit because I carry a ton of stuff around with me everyday at university (yes, I said university, I am totally going to be the most immature university student ever. And I am okay with that... Wink ).



Here it is laying flat:


I made a drawstring closure so that I can fit a lot of stuff in it (the mouth is just wide enough that my laptop will fit in it):


Here are the super duty straps I mentioned:


And here it is being worn (don't mind the messy background Wink ):


EDIT: Just in case anyone is wanting to make one of these backpacks I used:
-5 fat quarters of batik (I got them on a recent trip to the states from Jo-Anns Fabric and Craft Stores for $1.99/piece- seriously, all of you Americans are super lucky- Batik here in Canada runs at a minimum of $18.99/yard, not to mention the selection at Jo-Anns is AMAZING!)
-1/2 yard of fabric for the exterior of the bag (the light purple)
-1/2 yard for the interior lining of the bag (the light blue fabric with flowers on it)
-1 yard of felt (to interface everything)
-3 yards of webbing
-a handful of stuffing for the eyes/ eyebrows
-and a handful of backpack doohickies (like the thingers to adjust the strap length and whatnot)

C/C always welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012 07:52:28 AM »

Oh wow this is so cool! Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012 07:57:10 AM »

I love this!!!! I bet a lot of university students would want one. Great job!!!
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012 08:15:46 AM »

I love it! I just featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012 08:19:10 AM »

that's so beautiful! i'm dying to have one in brown now! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012 08:20:57 AM »

This is so cool, my fingers are itching to duplicate it Grin The colors are really pretty and the facial expression just adorable!
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2012 08:22:34 AM »

that's so beautiful! i'm dying to have one in brown now! Cheesy

Thanks muchly! And I KNOW! I kinda want one in every colour now too! I think that an orange/ red/ yellow one would make an awesome phoenix...
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2012 08:25:00 AM »

oh em gee!!  Cuteness galore.  Great job!
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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2012 08:31:11 AM »

That fabric is beautiful.    Grin
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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2012 08:31:23 AM »

That's super cool!  I wants one!  And I'm not even in college anymore.  
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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2012 09:04:26 AM »

Not immature at all. Cheesy That's really cute. I would LOVE to have one.
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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2012 09:18:42 AM »

that's sooo cute!
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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2012 09:48:20 AM »

I love it! I just featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley

:O! Thank you so much!

This is so cool, my fingers are itching to duplicate it Grin The colors are really pretty and the facial expression just adorable!

DO IT! I'd love to see how you would put your own spin on it! I wonder how you could incorporate fun fur into it.... Wink
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2012 10:19:56 AM »

This is a thousand shades of awesome!
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2012 11:08:03 AM »

This simply Rocks. Great job!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2012 12:37:27 PM »

Adorable.  Would it be cheesy to say that this backpack is a "hoot"?  Yes, it would, but I'm going to say it anyway.

Totally a hoot. Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2012 03:02:25 PM »

Adorable.  Would it be cheesy to say that this backpack is a "hoot"?  Yes, it would, but I'm going to say it anyway.

Totally a hoot. Smiley

BAHAHAHA! I was totally waiting for someone to make a hoot reference... Wink
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« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2012 08:34:30 PM »

This is so cool, my fingers are itching to duplicate it Grin The colors are really pretty and the facial expression just adorable!

DO IT! I'd love to see how you would put your own spin on it! I wonder how you could incorporate fun fur into it.... Wink

Oh, I already know how.... eyebrows, is all I'm saying Wink
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« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2012 04:27:22 AM »

I agree, this is amazing! And I own a ton of batik I've gotten from Joann's over the last several years on sale or clearance!

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« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2012 09:18:48 AM »

Such a cool backpack!! I see a couple of Christmas presents for some little girls in my family!!

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« Reply #20 on: February 24, 2012 06:50:33 AM »

Your version if way better than the original inspiration! Smiley Love this!
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« Reply #21 on: February 26, 2012 06:45:42 AM »

OMG Shocked Its so cute!!
For some odd reason, it reminded me of the guy from Sesame Street Tongue Who wouldn't want a backpack of Sesame street? lol, nice work on this one!
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« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2012 05:01:20 PM »

That is such a cute backpack!  Love the colours too!
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« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2012 04:29:00 PM »

This is stellar <3 If you ever visit Maine, make sure to hit up Marden's Salavage Stores, most of them have amazing fabric selections, including batik, I found some for $1/ fat quarter:)
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« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2012 07:04:39 AM »

That is very cool!
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