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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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