That gorgeous fabric is becoming a backpack.
I’m on a quest for the perfect travel bag. During this month of January, I have already made two travel bags. The stunning Repressed Fantasies travel bag…
And the slightly more sedate Flocking Cardinals travel bag…
I carried my cardinals on a weekend trip to Honolulu. Like beta testing for a travel bag. I found out it’s just not the right travel bag for me. Fear not, somebody I know will be gifted with this bag, so it will not be abandoned.
I switched direction entirely on my travel bag quest, decided to try a backpack. It would be great to travel with at least one free hand. After way too much thought, too many Bing searches, and scouring the depths of Etsy, I chose the Dawn to Dusk backpack pattern by Chris W. Designs.
The teaser pictures I posted yesterday were of the backpack straps and the beginning of the front pocket.
I sewed the lining for the front pocket, and it looks awesome
Inside the front pouchy pocket is a pen pocket, which can also hold my cell phone.
The pouchy pocket goes on next, then the front flap to make it all look tidy!
I love the color of this zipper! The pattern has straps with buckles over the flaps. I decided to leave off all the pocket straps, because I’m pursuing a softer look, rather than the more utilitarian feel that I felt the straps convey.
The lining fabric is one of my current favorite fabrics also. I’ve used bits of it in my Millefiore Quilt. I was struggling with what to use for lining on this project. I was thinking of using another Philip Jacobs fabric, but it was too matchy. A different floral with very similar colors. It just didn’t ADD anything to this backpack. I was trying to clear a space off of my, ahem, slightly cluttered cutting table. As I was folding up the holey fabrics for the Millefiore Quilt, I was, like, wait a minute! This looks awesome! I also went and bought some more of it from my local enablers.
Could travel bag number three be THE travel bag? The jury’s still out, but I think it’s a very good possibility.
Now go make something pretty. It probably won’t be as pretty as this backpack, but you can try. 😜