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« on: June 29, 2011 07:52:59 AM »

I am rather pleased with my thriftyness here to be honest. made totally from my own stash of fabric (willexplain provenance in a mo!), took less than 2 hours and is ready for the shcool trip tomorrow.

provenance of the fabric: the plain brown faux suede was covering our kitchen chairs for 5 years. it looked kinda grotty so I removed it, changed the fabric covers (we now have funky flowers) and because the fabric was originally quite expensive (for me lol) i was loath to throw it away, so I washed it... it came out ok, some "hoop burn" from where the seats had been resting on the wooden frames for so long, but the centres of the fabric were fine!

the paisley sort of hippyness used for the pockets was a pillowcase originally, bought at a jumble some years ago. I used most of it in other things, but had some scraps left. just enough Wink

ok so I followed this tutorial from our very own Vegbee : http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2009/10/toddler-backpack-pattern.html

I added a full width front pocket divided into two small pockets and two pen holders, and I also didn't topstitch the front of the bag 'cos I forgot.

the "S" monogram was fun. Using the embroidery side of my machine, I hooped some sticky stabiliser, placed the faux suede on this, added a small scrap of the paisley and then topped with heat-remove stabilising film, then hooped together in a complicated and inedible sandwich. I then prayed to the gods of machine embroidery cos my machine is a bugger with tension if the hooing's not *just right*....and went about my business using a pre-installed outline letter... it worked!!!

the straps also had a little design added to them. I sewed on some of the paisley before stitching together the tubes that make up the straps.

and finally, the verdict from the small person who will have to carry all her trip things in it tomorrow.... it's a hit Wink

now to clean up my mess and make dinner Smiley
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2011 08:46:36 AM »

It's gorgeous! I love the colours and it's thrifty nature and it's usefulness and it's fabric and...and...and..

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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2011 10:18:13 AM »

I love it all too! except that.... oh dear. the hole isn't big enough for her lunch box lol. but it IS big enough for her coolbag ,so I am thinking: put in the coolbag, cool blocks and then put the food in that. no boxes...?!

So many fabrics, so little time . . .
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2011 05:49:10 PM »

It's gorgeous! I love the colours and it's thrifty nature and it's usefulness and it's fabric and...and...and..

I agree!

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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2011 03:54:28 AM »

I love it! And she is precious Smiley



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