SLICED Tutorial: Owl Tag Along Toddler Backpack

Moda Sliced Finals - "Owl Tag Along" Toddler Backpack



Hello all! My name is Angela Pingel and I blog over at Cut To Pieces. I recently participated in Moda Bake Shop's SLICED competition and had the honor (and shock!) of winning. I'm pleased to share with you today my final project for the competition, the Owl Tag Along Toddler Backpack.

This backpack is fully insulated with heat/cold resistant batting to make a functional yet adorable lunch tote. Lined with laminated fabric, it is perfect for the messes that come with a toddler, making it easy to wipe clean. The backpack uses basic box construction techniques, piping, a zipper, cording, D rings and more. I'm not saying that this is easy. But trust me, you will be happy with the bag! And so will that special little someone. It's the perfect project for a holiday or birthday gift!


approximately 6 Assorted Layer Cake Pieces
assorted scraps (for owl eyes and nose)
1 yard of Twill/Home Dec weight fabric (this is plenty!)
1/2 yard of laminated fabric
1/4 yard of mesh utility fabric
1/2 yard of Insul-Bright insulated batting
1/2 yard of fusible non woven interfacing
Basting Spray
Eyelets
2 yards of nylon cording (sized to fit through eyelets)
Heat-n-Bond Lite II
1 package of coordinating piping
18" zipper
1/4 yard of nylon strapping
1 package of 4 D rings
2 double cord stops

optional but helpful: teflon sewing machine foot
optional but helpful: freezer paper
optional but useful: scotch guard


Unless otherwise noted, all seam allowances are a 1/4".

Use the pattern pieces provided to cut the backpack front and back from the twill fabric and the lining front and back from the laminated fabric.  Be sure to mark the top center of each piece. I like to use freezer paper to create my pattern pieces because I can iron the piece in place from the non-waxy side.

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A little tip when working with laminated fabric: you can quickly press the fabric from the BACKside using a pressing cloth to help protect your iron and the fabric. The heat will make the fabric more malleable which may or may not be useful for you.

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Creating the Lining:


In addition to the two pieces cut from the provided pattern pieces, also cut the following from the laminated fabric:

(1) 10 1/2" x 4 1/4" - bottom of backpack lining
(2) 8 3/4" x 4 1/2" - sides of backpack lining
(2) 15 1/2" x 2 1/2" - zipper opening
(2) 7" x 4 1/2" - interior pocket


Cut the following from the Insul-Bright Batting:

(1) 10" x 4" - bottom batting
(2) 8" x 4" - side batting
(2) backpack lining pattern minus a 1/4" all around


Mark 1/4" from each corner on the side and bottom lining pieces.

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Spray-baste batting onto the wrong side of the laminated fabric, centering the batting on the pattern pieces.  Sew batting in place in even lines across all lining pieces. (I used 2" increments.) I chose to keep the batting out of the seam allowance to help reduce bulk.  The laminate is already a bit tricky to work with and placing the batting only on the usable part of the bag eliminates some struggle you might have working with both the laminate and the batting.

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TIP: When working with the laminated fabric, you will have the most success if you use a teflon sewing machine foot. It will not cling to the laminate and allows you to sew more easily. Most likely your teflon foot will look something like this:

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Construct the interior laminate pocket by using the two " x 4 1/2" pieces. Place these right sides together and sew around the perimeter leaving a couple inches open to turn the piece right side out as seen in the picture below. Clip the corners, turn the piece right side out and top stitch along the edge.

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Place the pocket on the lining back piece, centering the pocket. Stitch along the left, bottom and right sides to attach the pocket piece to the lining back. To create an extra detail to the pocket to hold something like a pen, stitch a vertical line 1 1/2" from the right edge.

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Construct the top opening and sides of the lining, starting with the two 15 1/2" x 2 1/2" pieces. The lining will not actually be connected to the zipper until the final step, so we are creating a finished edge for the lining at the zipper opening. Fold in one long edge on each of the two pieces by a 1/2".

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Top Stitch the fold in place. (You will love having that teflon foot for this kind of step!)

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Lay the two center opening pieces right sides together on one of the side lining pieces. Align the outside edges together. There should be a gap in the middle. You do not want these to meet together!. Use a 1/2" seam and sew these together.

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Fold the side piece back and press the seam allowance toward the side piece. Top stitch the pieces in place.

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Use the same procedure to sew the center opening pieces to the other side piece as well.

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At this point, you have a long side/center piece, a bottom piece, a front piece and a back piece of the lining. They have been insulated and a pocket is attached. Now you need to sew all of these four pieces together. Use basic box construction techniques.

First sew the side/center piece to the front and back panels using a 1/4" seam allowances, matching the centers and the ends. Leave a 1/4" unsewn at each each end and ease the curves as you sew. Pin the pieces together with heavy duty pins ONLY in the seam allowance (the pins will leave a mark and you don't want that anywhere other than your seam allowance).

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Clip the curves as needed.

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Sew the bottom of the bag to the other pieces one side at a time, always starting a 1/4" in from the edge of the bottom piece. Again this is basic box construction. Clip the corners of the bottom piece to turn the piece along the edge of the bag.

(I didn't get a great photo of this step but there are oodles out there on the Internet...just search for box construction sewing techniques)

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Sew all four edges together and you will end up with an interior all lined with insulated batting and ready to go into your backpack!

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Creating the Backpack Exterior:

The exterior is best tackled in steps.  Construct the back of the back pack, the sides of backpack (including the mesh pockets and zipper) and the owl front of the backpack.  Then put them all together.

Ready?

Exterior Back:
In addition to the two pieces cut from the pattern pieces for the exterior back, also cut the following from the Twill fabric:
(2) 22" x 4" strips
(1) 5" x 4" strip

With each strip, fold the fabric in half along the length of the piece and press. Open the piece up again and fold in one short edge a 1/4" and then again by a 1/4" and top stitch the short end in place. (You do NOT need to do this particular step for the 5" x 4" piece). Fold the long edges of the strip in toward the center seam and press. Top stitch each long side of the folded strip.

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Cut (1) 10.5" x 9" rectangle for the Exterior Bottom Back piece. Mark the center at the top and bottom of the piece. Place each of the long shoulder straps, raw edges together, 2" from the center on each side and tack in place using an 1/8" seam allowance.

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Lay your piece flat and stretch out the shoulder straps flush against the back panel. Angle the straps so that they are 1 1/2" from the outside edge and pin temporarily in place.

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With right sides together, sew the exterior back panel pieces together using a 1/2" seam allowance.

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Press the seam toward the top of the bag and topstitch the top panel just above the seam (you may want a second row of topstitching a 1/4" above that).

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Remove the pins from the shoulder straps and move these out of the way while you work on attaching the D rings to the bottom of the bag.

Take the 5" x 4" strip that has been sewn into a small strap and cut it into (2) 2 1/2" long pieces.

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Fold the small strip in half and slip (2) D rings onto the loop.
Use a zipper foot to sew the D rings tightly in place at the center of the small straps.
Mark 1 1/2" from each side of the bottom and place the D ring straps to the inside of each mark. Tack in place using an 1/8" seam allowance.

Pull the long shoulder straps through the D rings following the manufacturer's instructions.

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Apply piping to the outside edge of the whole back exterior panel around the sides (not the bottom). Be sure to use a thread that matches the piping for this step and a zipper or piping foot.

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Cut 8" of nylon strapping for a hanging loop and attach it to the top of the exterior back with raw edges aligned and stitch in place using an 1/8" seam allowance.

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Step back and admire your work! You have completed the exterior back of the backpack!

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Exterior Sides:

There are two distinct parts to making the exterior sides: making the center zipper and making the adjustable mesh pockets.

Zipper installation:

Cut (2) 15 1/2" x 2 1/2" strips of Twill fabric. Install the zipper between these two pieces.

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Use your zipper foot for installation and top stitch the fabric in place for a smooth finish.

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Shorten the zipper according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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Mesh Pockets:

Cut the following:
(2) 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces from the Twill fabric
(2) 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" pieces from the Mesh Fabric
(2) 7 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces from layer cake piece chosen for pocket casing

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Take the (2) casing pieces measuring 7 1/2" x 3 1/2" and fold in half along the length, wrong sides together. Press. Open out the pieces and press each side into the center.

You should see 4 "sections" of the casing now. Along the 2nd section, add a small scrap of interfacing across the middle. Mark the center (3 3/4" from either end). Measure 1" or so from each side of the center and mark your eyelet locations.

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Install the grommets according to the manufacturer's instructions with the wrong side of the grommet on the interfacing.

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Cut (4) pieces of cording 14" in length and thread it from the wrong side of the fabric through the eyelet to the right side. Tack it in place along the wrong side edge.

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Insert the mesh fabric into the grommet placket casing and top stitch along the edge of the casing.

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Attach the mesh to the side twill panel pieces by first stitching along each side using an 1/8" seam allowance. Box pleat the bottom of the mesh to be fit perfectly flush with the twill fabric and stitch in place.

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Insert the cording through a double cord stop. Trim cording to desired length and knot each cording end.

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You may want to insert a pull tab on the zip side, so attach a 3 1/2" piece of ribbon/twill tape folded in half to the pocket piece on the zip side.

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Now attach each side pocket piece to the center zipper piece using a 1/2" seam allowance on each side. Top stitch each piece in place.

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Yay! You've finished the exterior side pieces!      


Exterior Front:

And now the part that I'm sure you've been waiting for! Making that sweet owl for the front of the backpack. I saved it for last because it's my favorite part!

In addition to the (1) exterior front backpack pattern piece cut from Twill, you will also need the owl pattern pieces.

 Cut (2) Owl Belly Pocket pieces from (2) layer cake pieces.

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Fold (1) neutral layer cake piece in half and cut (2) Owl Face pieces.

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Cut (4) Owl Wing pieces from (2) matching layer cake pieces.

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Apply Interfacing on the wrong side of one piece of each owl part: 1 per wing, 1 for belly pocket and 1 for owl face. Again, to lessen the bulk I like to keep the interfacing out of the seam allowance. So trim it to 1/4" shorter than the pattern piece on all sides.

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With right sides together, stitch 1/4" around the belly pocket sides and top. Clip the corners and notch the curves.

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Turn the belly piece right side out and double top stitch the top of the pocket.

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Match the centers of bag front and belly pocket. Tack the pocket in place along the bottom of the bag using a 1/8" seam allowance.

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Stitch the sides *only* of belly pocket to the bag front.

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To make the wings, sew (2) wing pieces right sides together along the sides only. Clip the seam.

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  Turn wings right side out. Flip top in and under 1/4" and top stitch all around the wing pieces.

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Sew Wings to either side of the belly pocket, attaching *only* at the top of the wing using a tight double top stitch. Your wing will be free to flap this way.

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To make the owl face, sew (2) owl face pieces right sides together around the shape, leaving a 2" or so unsewn gap at the bottom of the face. Trim seam allowance to 1/8", turn right side out and press firmly.

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Creating the eyes:

Cut (1) gray 2" circle and adhere steam a seam lite II to the back. Cut the circle in half. Then trim an 1/8" away from the outside edge (make this a good cut! These are the pieces you are using on the backpack). Use the remaining inner circle pieces to cut some tiny pieces for your eyelashes.

Arrange as desired. Remove the paper backing and press all eye
pieces in place. Be sure not to move your iron back and forth...this is an up and down pressing motion.


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Using an open toe applique foot, top stitch or satin stitch around the edge of each piece with matching grey thread.

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Creating the nose:

Cut (1) small triangle from a scrap of fabric. Back this piece with SAS Lite II as well. Remove paper backing and press in place. Top stitch or satin stitch around the edge.

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Spray baste the back of the owl face and position it on the Exterior Backpack front above the Belly Pocket and Wings. Top stitch around the whole perimeter of the face.

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Eep!! Isn't she sweet?!

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Sew piping to the Exterior bag front along the edges but not the bottom just as you did for the Exterior Back.

You now have a completed Exterior Front, Exterior Back and Exterior Sides.

Cut (1) 10 1/2" x 4 1/2" twill piece for the Exterior Bottom and you can start to sew all of these pieces together. It is constructed exactly as the interior lining was, with box construction.

First sew the Exterior Sides to the Exterior Back, matching centers and ends. I used my zipper foot to keep that piping nice and snug!

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Ease the curve together and clip seams as necessary. Remember to leave a 1/4" unsewn at the bottom of each side.

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Starting to see a bag!

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Yum....pretty piping!

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I keep the backpack straps pinned up and out of the way.

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Continue to construct the backpack together, sewing the bag front to the bag sides.

Then sew the bag bottom to the backpack using the same construction techniques as you did with the lining: box construction. So be sure to mark the quarter inch seam allowance at each corner on the bottom Twill piece.

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 Sew all four sides together, clipping corners as necessary.

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Turn bag right side out. Admire your work. You are almost there!!

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 Putting the lining and exterior bag pieces together:

This is it! The very end!! All that you need to do now is insert the lining into the exterior backpack and stitch together at the zipper.

Insert the bag lining into the backpack ensuring that WRONG sides are together.

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Push and finagle that lining into its proper place and line up the openings of the backpack exterior and the lining. The laminated fabric should be tucked back from the zipper a bit so it does not get caught in the zipper. Use heavy-duty pins and carefully pin the lining in place.

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You may want that teflon foot back again depending on how you do the last step, but this is it! Sew the lining opening in place along the edge of the exterior zipper. There are some tricky parts to this but just keep fiddling with the bag until you can sew all around the zippered edge.

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You will end up with what looks like a double row of top stitching on the outside!

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  Now do the happy dance because you are DONE!!



One Backpack perfect for the Toddler in your life!

Moda Sliced Finals - "Owl Tag Along" Toddler Backpack

I hope that you all enjoy this pattern and try to tackle it. If you're dying for the look without too much hassle, you could always make an unlined version and finish off the interior seams with packaged bias tape. Quick and Easy! (well...easier!) I would love to see any projects made from my patterns, so please add them to my group on Flickr, Cut To Pieces and of course to the Moda Bake Shop Group as well.

And don't forget that there are endless possibilities for color combinations and themes. In another lifetime I will find the time to make a boy version of this in navy blue and kelly green, perhaps with a sweet whale face! My mind is a whirl with all of the adorable options for how to personalize this backpack to a particular child's tastes. Personally my girl is quite pleased with her owl. The owl who says "whooo!"

What does an owl say?  "Whoo!"




Angela Pingel


167 comments:

Suzanne said...

Angela, you have thought of everything! What a great tutorial. Thank you.

Mhairi said...

I can't get the Printer Friendly Version to work. ANy suggestions please - I really want to make this NOW!!! Or as soon as possible anyway. :D Thanks.

greelyrita said...

This is a really well documented tut. One thing that struck me though is that people going to the trouble of making this would want to make sure that they're using really strong thread especially at the stress points: where the straps attach, where the zipper pull tabs are. Things for kids get rough wear and the last thing you want is to repair an item that's lined.

Kelly said...

Super spectacular tutorial Angela!!!! Great job!

angela said...

The link to the PDF is not working, says it cannot be found. Can you please fix?

The Tulip Patch said...

this is awesome- wish I still had toddlers to make this for!

Melissa Corry said...

What a fabulous tutorial Angela!!! Amazing!!!

angel said...

WOW!! looking forward to more of your projects.

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the tute! I think I might try this one for my daughter for kindergarten next year :)

Pamela said...

So cute! I'm thinking in some woodsy fabrics this would be perfect for a certain small grandson of mine. The instructions are so detailed and easy to follow - fantastic job!

Jenn said...

I adore this! I want to make one for my older who starts kindergarten next year....with some darker boyish colors :-)

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

This is a darling project -- and you have made everything very, very clear!

Gill said...

I loved this project the first time I saw it!
Thanks for a wonderful tutorial Angela!

Mom C said...

Congratulations on winning. And thanks for a very detailed, check every step, tutorial. That is amazing itself and the backpack is darling.

Jan said...

Wonderful tutorial.

Paskiaq said...

Love this backpack! WOuld love to make one. I can't seem to get the pattern pieces though...

LethargicLass said...

Great tutorial! I love that it doesn't actually require much in the way of materials (per each type) and that it is put together in so many little bits, that you ca fit in finishing a step here and there easily

Myra Johnson said...

How adorable! So cute! What an excellent tutorial. Thank you for it!

B Greene said...

Amazing project and great tutorial!!! Thanks and congratulations!!

Leah said...

Wonderfully cute bag, and so nicely put together!! Great tutorial.

Deb said...

Such a cute bag! Instead of pinning, you can always use clips instead.

Laura said...

So cute. Great tutorial!

hueisei said...

Cute tutorial!

Joan said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful project and a great tutorial!

Sarah said...

It is just so cute - my wee girl would love one and your tutorial is so good I might even be able to manage it!

traceyjay said...

My heart gets a little clenchy every time I see that picture of your girlie and her pack pack... I adore all of this. ♥ Thank you for all your hard work in explaining this to the rest of us, and congratulations again!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Adorei.Vou guardar esta aula tão bem explicada para fazer uma mais tarde, para minha neta que nasce dia 18 de abril.Muito obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

Sarah said...

Such a cute bag. I wish I had a little person in my life to make it for.

hollymade said...

Adorable! Might have to make this for my niece's birthday!

Wendy said...

This is so cute! Do you think I could get away with wearing this back pack as a 34 year old??

Allison C said...

This is adorable and I love the color selections. Definitely bookmarking this tut!

Megan said...

This is soooo cute! I don't know how you came up with it.

Kelsey said...

This backpack it too cute!!

Diana Maldonado said...

this back pack is too cute. great job. can't wait for the boy version.

Taryn said...

This is so cute! I need a child to make this for :D

Emily said...

This backpack is too cute! I just wish I had time to whip one up.

Shayla Sharp said...

Ah, your model is as cute (probably cuter) than the backpack! Thanks for such a well written tutorial--a personalized pack is always fun to have!

t. anne said...

Wow, Angela! Your tutorial is amazing and the backpack is adorable! Congratulations again on your win.

Leah said...

What a fantastic project! Great job and wonderful model!!

Jennie P. said...

This is the cutest thing ever!

flisa said...

Angela, you are just incredible, what a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing :) And your model is also doing a great job :-)

Molly said...

Possibly the cutest backpack in the whole WORLD! I don't have a little girl so I may make it for myself :)

AmandaA said...

It's a fabulous pattern. Maybe I could rent a toddler to make it for.....

Nicole @ Patchwork Duck Designs said...

This is a fabulous project@!

Becky said...

This is such an adorable backpack. I would love to make one or more for my grand-daughters, so will gather the supplies to do just that.

Andrea said...

this is so so cute!

mean sarah jean said...

thanks for sharing this tutorial. i absolutely adore this backpack

Mom2RyandSis said...

So Cute! Thanks for sharing!

Bea Ann said...

What a darling idea!!! Actually loved all your ideas

Dairygal said...

I might need to make the owl a dinosaur for my little boy, but it's super cute.

Diann said...

Congratulations on your pattern. It is cute and the pattern seems to be really well written.

JLG said...

Can't wait to make this for my 4 yr old! Thanks

Dollwood Farms said...

Congratulations! It looks amazing!!! Yay!

Tammara, Jess and Cory said...

Way to go Angela you are amazing!!!

Lael said...

Congrats to Angela!

Deb said...

What a great little backpack! thanks.

Jen said...

You actually made it look do-able! Great job!

Katy Cameron said...

This is such a cute tutorial, I may need to borrow a child to make one for!

KaHolly said...

Awesome tutorial. I just love it. I might just have to make it for myself!!

Sarah said...

Is it wrong for a 42 year old woman to want a owl backpack?

Thanks for sharing your great project!

Christine said...

super cute backpack and great tutorial thanks

BarbM said...

A definite for the newest niece!

Cathy said...

can't figure out which is cuter the backpack or the model. : )

Johanna said...

Love it! Congrats once again!

Tamie said...

Thanks for the tutorial and most generous giveaway.

Julie said...

When I first saw this I thought, there is no way I could make that. I'm good with quilts but 3D objects are difficult for me. However, you break it down really simply and I think I might manage it!

VickiT said...

Congratulations again Angela!!! You did an amazing job on this backpack and also an AWESOME job in creating the tutorial for us as well. Great job. Thank you so much.

Colleen said...

So cute!

Rosa said...

Congratulations.It`s very cute and a great tutorial!!

Jennifer said...

This is such an adorable backpack! And super durable, too! You did a great job, Angela!

AllieKatMom said...

WOW! How detailed! Love it! Just awesome Angela!

Alisa said...

It's a beautiful backpack and a very great and detailed tutorial. Nice work, Angela!

Jennifer Gail said...

That is absolutly adorable.

Heidi Staples said...

Perfectly darling!

Marion said...

I cannot wait to make this!!!

Mom on the Move! said...

Wow - that's amazing!

Jennie said...

I know a little girl in my house who would love one!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This back pack is so adorable!! So much detail. Thanks for the tutorial.

Mimi said...

That's one happy girl!! Love the fabric choices and am amazed at the professional job... I couldn't pull that off but you make it look so easy!!

LM said...

Love it! I also like that it doesn't require turning everything inside out after sewing outer piece and lining togethert...I always worry I've got things in the wrong order.

Home Designs by Amanda said...

It is very cute! Not sure that I'd ever make one, but it's great :)

diane said...

this is adorable

Judy said...

Wonderful job! I love the backpack! Congratulations on a very deserving win!

webmailaddress2 said...

The backpack is so adorable as is your daughter!

Cecilia said...

Great job! This is very cute.

Mom who loves to sew said...

Angela, your tutorial is phenomenal! Can't wait to make one for each of my grandchildren.

Lisa Marie said...

This is such a cute and creative project! Thanks for the inspiration!

midnight hysteria said...

amazing backpack ... you really were detailed and it shows in the great work you did .... darlene

Margaret said...

Cute! My daughter saw the pictures and is now asking when I'm going to make one for her. :-)

If Toys Could Talk said...

It turned out adorable! Great tutorial, too! :)

Cherie said...

One of the best written tutorials, ever! Can't wait to see what you make next on the big red machine!

Marcia W. said...

Angela, great tutorial for a really innovative design. Very cute backpack.

Marcia W. said...

Angela, great tutorial for a really innovative design. Very cute backpack.

Jennyroo said...

Not just cute but so functional, too!

**nicke... said...

super cute angela!!!

Rachelle said...

Very cute, almost makes me wish my youngest was young enough to want one.

Kirsten N said...

Such a cute backpack - I should make one for my niece for her birthday soon!

JanetK said...

Wow - that was an amazing tutorial! My daughter is past this stage, but needs a backpack for Fanime (for a costume) - I can use a lot of your tute to make that easier - thanks!

ciccia74 said...

Great tutorial !

sweet diesel designs said...

Boy oh Boy is that a detailed tutorial! You can tell that you thought everything out and really put a lot of time into it. Thank you...just might have to make this, this summer for next school year. :)

Katarina said...

I love this tutorial!

Susan said...

Thanks for the tutorial---the backpack is sooo cute!

Cliodana said...

this is such a great tutorial, thank's very much

Carla G said...

What an adorable backpack! I wish my kids were toddler age... Thanks for a fabulous tutorial! :)

Nancy said...

How cute! Wish I still had a little one.

Margaret said...

I can't believe you designed this! You are one very talented young lady (and generous, for sharing the pattern).

Diane H said...

I know a little girl who would love to have this fun backpack.
Thank you for such a wonderful tutorial.

Fran said...

This backpack is precious! I have seen lots of backpacks but none as cute as this one. :)

Margaret said...

This is adorable. Perfect for my little to take to daycare.

Beth, Jessica and Jennifer Pyle said...

Oh how I wish my daughters were still young enough to enjoy this backpack! I would certainly enjoy winning the give away!

Sunnybec said...

Fabulous little backpack ..a deserved winner.

Josie McRazie said...

What a beautiful backpack! And a great tutorial! Thank you!

ELNM said...

What an amazing backpack. I'm so glad you picked Angela as the Sliced winner!

JoyceLM said...

My great-niece loves owls & would love this. Thanks for the tutorial.

Dona said...

So very cute and an awesome tutorial!

Dona
sewingmilesofsmiles.blogspot.com

KerryQ said...

This is adorable! I love that it's not too girls, and could be made boy-friendly with different colors.

M said...

Love it! Moda, you are a genius for having these inspiring competitions.

~ Julie ~ said...

This is the cutest backpack ever!!! (Your daughter is darling, too!) Thanks for such a great, easy to understand tutorial!

legato1958 said...

I love the colors you used, and the dots, of course!!

Sue
legato1958@aol.com

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

Such a lot of work went into that tutorial - awesome! Glad you won.

SusannaRooster said...

Love this backpack for my granddaughter! What a great tutorial!

Janet said...

Cute backpack! Great tutorial.

robin said...

Such a cute backpack! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

Unknown said...

Great tute....Any child would love this.

Penny said...

Wonderful tutorial ....Any kid would be thrilled to have this.

Hema Elumalai said...

This is so adorable. But does seem like lot of work. I hope beginner like me can make it. My little girl would love this too. I showed her the pictures and she is already thrilled :-).

Pippa Parsons said...

My daughter would love an owl back pack, great tutorial :)

Quirky Quilts said...

Just love this! Thank you soo much!! Can't seem to fins where to print the pattern pieces though and am desperate to make this!! Please HELP!

stitchinpenny said...

So cute! Love the cool factor and imagination you had developing this fun tut.

quilt happy said...

love that back pack

sandyb said...

I just love this backpack - I have had it saved in my bookmarks to make. Congratulations!!!

Amy said...

It's just gorgeous, will have to add this to my list of things to do!

Delcia R. said...

I wish our daughter was younger; I'd make her one. Love the ribbon tag to hold onto when opening the zipper--you thought of everything for the little person.

Rilene said...

This backpack is soooo cute! And what great fabric, too!

Threader said...

This is such a wonderful project & I plan to make it for a special little girl! Thanks

Debra said...

OM Gosh...you are one clever lady...adorable

bee said...

great project - i'm sure it gets lots of use too! love the pwl face.

p1aceboeffect said...

I am super excited to try out this pattern. I have never made a bag so complicated but this tutorial looks like I should be able to figurte it all out. Thanks so much. I can't wait to try it out.

Kristie said...

You are a superstar, Angela. This is amazing, well done!

Dawn said...

Darling backpack and awesome tute! Thanks for sharing, Angela and thanks to you FQS for the giveaway.

Krystal said...

Great job on the backpack tutorial Angela. My lil one starts school in the fall and I will defiantly be making one!

Marcia B said...

Well written tutorial. Great photos to help explain the process! Well done, Angela!

krislovesfabric said...

This is a great tut! Your daughter looks adorable with that backpack!

alexandrea said...

Wow that's an amazing tutorial! I would've loved such a personalized backpack when I was growing up!

tusen said...

It's great. I love all the details you thought of.

Chiara said...

Wonderful work and tutorial, I recently discover your blog, and sewing and quilting as well, but this is one of the cutest backpack tutorial I've ever seen!!! My compliments for the winning and thank you with all my heart!!
I have a friend who love owls and I think I have found the perfect present for her. And also for my little one, now he is nine months old, but I know they grow soooo fast and in a few he will need a backpack!!!!Hug and kisses from Italy

Chiara

Weronica Linderoth said...

Wonderful packpack for a little person! The tutorial seams to be very good!

KatieQ said...

It's no surprise that your design won. It really is amazing. It makes me wish I had a little one to make a backpack for.

Liberty said...

This is an adorable backpack! Congrats on the win!

Pattie Crum said...

Very sweet, I bet she loves it.

Donna said...

This is adorable! Fabulous tutorial with great pictures.

Lynne said...

What an adventure this must have been! I'm not surprised at all that you were a winner. Thanks!

Dreamingof03 - Heather said...

I am so glad to see a tutorial for this backpack! I was well made and super cute!

Connie Kincheloe said...

Wow! You are SO talented! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

sheryl matteson said...

wow great tutorial.... and free too.. I like that you showed all the tricky steps... Now this one is on my list but in little boy version....Thank you

toyboxplayground said...

ADORABLE!!! Unfortunately my girls were looking with me, so they swear they have to have one. Hopefully I can get up the nerve sometime soon to do these. Thanks so much for posting this!!

Kaisuliina said...

I would love to make one but where are the patterns??

Claudia Almandoz Gerbolini said...

I loved making this, even though I´m sort of bad at following rules... you inspired me so and my little girl is SO happy! I posted about it and linked back here! Thanks again!
Clau
http://handmadeconamor.blogspot.com

gingerkitty said...

Can you give the overall dimensions? Height, width and depth? This is really helpful when deciding to make a project or not.

Lindsey said...

where are the pattern pieces that were provided???

Sewing with imagination said...

This is so stinkin cute I have 4 grand daughters 2 starting school this year guess what they're getting yep you got it this wonderful Pack

Sewing with imagination said...

Oh can I publish on my blog if I give you the credit and your blog link because I think this qualifies as sewing with imagination also pinterest here you come

Sam said...

Where are the pattern pieces??

vintagemodernquilts | Lisa said...

Hi Sam,

The pattern pieces are in the Printer Friendly version at the end of the post.

Lisa Calle
Moda Bake Shop

Ines said...

Nice work. Where can I buy the pattern? I can't find the link.

vixen Made said...

This is completely adorable. Wow! What a project. I had to share on my blog today: http://www.vixenmade.com/2013/08/diy-school-supplies.html

Evelyne Grigg said...

Hi
I don't understand exactly what is on this step :(2) 7 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces from layer cake piece chosen for pocket casing (I am in France).
Thanks
Evelyne