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Topic: TUTORIAL: Dora-Style Backpack  (Read 60565 times)
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« on: December 04, 2005 06:49:19 AM »

Hello Everyone!
I've been a long-time lurker of this site, and after getting my own sewing machine about a month ago, I couldn't wait to start making some of the beautiful things I've seen here.  
I made a purple polar fleece monster bag using the jordy tutorial and brought it in to show my coworkers (I teach preschool), and one of the little ones was sure that it was Dora's backpack.  And so, with a bit of time this weekend I was able to try to put together something I'm pretty happy with.  I hope you enjoy seeing it.

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2005 07:00:38 AM »

holy cow i know someone who would adore that, tutorial please!

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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2005 07:06:35 AM »

ur bag's so luvly plaid, the colors r so soft, lining so bright. kool combo/contrast. gr8 job : )

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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2005 07:49:57 AM »

It's very cute!
I love the lining. It goes really well with the outside fabric too.

« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2005 09:20:51 AM »

i love tht lining fabric..!!!
wer did ya get it from ...Huh?

your backpack is adorable..!



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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2005 09:34:14 AM »

ha haha!! , thats so cute
looks just like him.

« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2005 09:43:22 AM »

holy cow i know someone who would adore that, tutorial please!

I'll have to figure out my measurements, but will try to get a tutorial together soon.  It went together a lot easier than I was thinking that it would when I was planning it out in my head. 
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2005 09:46:55 AM »

i love tht lining fabric..!!!
wer did ya get it from ...Huh?

your backpack is adorable..!


Thanks!  I almost don't want to give it away, but I have all of the materials here to make another one, which I'll likely do sometime.  I found the lining fabric at wal-mart for $4/metre, and I wasn't sure how well it would go with the fleece (which was $1 per metre at Fabricville because it was wrinkly and had a bit of a tear along one edge.)
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2005 09:53:03 AM »

that is A-FREAKING-DORABLE (if you'll excuse the pun...)

*waits with bated breath for the pattern)

« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2005 12:06:59 PM »

Okay, I apologize in advance for the wordiness/inconsistency in grammar here, but hopefully itll be understandable.  Let me know if anything is unclear I can always make another bag and make sure to take photos as I go along.  

1.   Cut your outside pieces mine are 8 x 10 for the sides, and although I didnt measure, about 7 x  2 for the bottom.  Sew the sides together, and then center and pin the bottom piece along the bottom of the front side, and sew it there.  I had originally planned on making the bag front/bag bottom one piece, but as I was using a rotary cutter to cut everything else out, this seemed to be the best way to proceed.  

2.    For the straps I cut a strip 2 wide, the whole length of the material, but the finished length works out to be about 23 long for each one.  Fold the material right sides together, and stitch the entire length so you are creating a long tube.  Then cut the tube in half, and turn it right side out.  I find that a chopstick is really handy for turning.  You may wish to backstitch a bit over the seams youve just cut through, before turning, as its a bit of a tedious process with the fleece, and my seam wound up coming undone about an inch or so.  The material I was using is about 60 wide, so it didnt matter to me about the seam as I would be cutting the finished straps a little shorter anyhow.    

3.    Once your straps are turned, flatten so the seam is along one side, and topstitch on either side of the strap the same as the Jordy strap is done.


4.   I used Velcro as a way to attach the straps to the bag, and also to allow for a certain amount of adjustability.  Since I have no idea how long backpack straps should be for a toddler, I attached Velcro to both end of the strap pieces.  The pieces I used are nearly 2 long, and spaced about 4 apart on either end of the strap (i.e. the loops are on the very end of the strap, and 4 away from it I attached the hook piece)


5.   I took 4 scraps of fleece that were about 1 wide and 4 long, folded the raw edges together lengthwise, then the folded sides together (again, like a jordy strap, but much smaller.)  I then stitched along the open part of the fold, making the little loops that the straps go through, shown here:


6.   Next, I sandwiched one pair of the loops between the bag bottom and bag back, and stitched the seam together, and this creates the basic bag shape, with the lower loops sewn in.  

7.   I didnt really measure my flap.  I knew that I wanted it to be on the small side, as I wanted to be able to put the eyebrows near the edge and have them the right distance from the eyes.  Basically I cut a semi-circular shape from the fleece, and sewed it right side together to a piece of my lining fabric, then trimmed around the lining, clipped the seam and turned the flap.  I then put two rows of top-stitching along the edges, shown herewhich is also showing the end of the next step:


8.   next, I sandwiched the remaining pair of loops between the top of the bag back piece and the flap, and sewed it together.  I pinned the loops into place, so they would line up with the bottom ones, but I think that I might try placing them a little closer towards the center of the bag if I make another.

9.   I used Red, black white and yellow pieces to make the face, and googled pictures of backpack until I found a picture of what I wanted to use.  I attached the black part of the eye to the white part, before attaching that to the backpack front.  I may take some dimensional fabric paint and outline the mouth with black, but Im not sure yet.


10.   I cut my purse lining 8 x 10, and took 1 squares out of the bottom cornersnext, I sewed the sides and bottom of the lining, right sides together, and finally, one of the corners, leaving the other one for turning.

11.   Next, put your lining and purse right sides together, and pin along the top edge and sew.  Turn it using the hole you left in the bottom corner of the lining.  Sew the hole shut, either by hand, or by machine.  Then I did two rows of topstitching to finish it off, did a Velcro closure for the top of the bag, attached the strapsand voila!  


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