Sunday, February 5, 2012

Penguin Pack-Packs

This is another of the things I made before we flew back in December. This is the girls at the Frankfurt airport wearing their Oliver + S Little Things to Sew back packs. It's actually two patterns. The one I just mentioned for the penguin part but the size and actual pattern is the Made by Rae toddler back pack the larger version (it's larger than the original one she put out by about 2" all around making it able to fit regular size folders). She sells this add on to the pattern on her blog.
I made the zipper ...two headed? Double ended? What do you call that? I can't think of the word for it right now. It has two zipper pulls and I like it.
These were taken with nothing in them so you can see how the peltex holds the shape.
I did the front pockets two different ways. Ava's has piping all around hers and I just can't decide if I like it..in fact I started to unpick it as you can see in the photo then decided I just didn't have time as I started both back packs a week before we were to leave.  

When looking through the Oliver & S flickr pool for inspiration, I noticed that all the back packs had one thing in common: they all dropped and had no structure. So I added Peltex in the front, back,sides and bottom but not the zipper part. I also added piping around the whole thing but that had nothing to do with structure. Well actually it did. I thought it might make the front not look all puckery and caved in when stuff was in the back pack. In the 1st photo Emily has hers stuffed with thick heavy coloring books and other stuff so it does cave in at the top...really I have no idea if the peltex helped; I just liked the sturdiness of it in the end.

They really loved the back packs which makes me happy. I have a feeling though that if I rolled some dirty fabric around an empty toilet paper roll they would ew and ah. Simple kids. They get that from Jon's side of the family.


9 comments:

kristin said...

they turned out great! the peltex was a really good idea to add structure to them - they look pro! nice job.

jules said...

I just LOVE thos back packs! Again, I must say it . . . YSFT!!!!! If I walked into a store and saw those, I'd buy one. And I don't have kids!

Adrienne said...

Cute!!!!!

Kelly's Korner said...

Your last statement had me rolling! I think I might ooh and ahh if you covered a toilet paper roll in fabric too. Haha! Those are AMAZING backpacks!!!! Really awesome! I love the penguins. Great job!

pearlswirl said...

The cutest things EVER!!!! I bet the girls adored them! They're lucky to have such a talented mama! Would you make them in adult sizes? haha..

Jessica said...

love them they are so cute! I think the pipping looks fine but I wouldn't bother adding it since it looks just as good with out it.

Corinnea said...

I agree with Kelly... I think I oh and ah over everything you do.... These are REALLY cute! I love the piping. Well, I love everything about them piped or unpiped.

Vicky said...

Amazing. You are really talented. x

Vanessa@Designs By Sessa said...

The changes you made to this back pack are awesome! I just love the polka dotted pocket on the penguin! I'm making my first one right now and was looking for some more inspiration! Thanks!

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