Courtney would tell you I am crazy, well actually she did
. But I do tend to look at a project and think - "That will take me only a few days.." At the time, that doesn't sound crazy - but in the midst of purple corduroy overload - it is. And I am fully aware that I am crazy. But, the kids LOVED these bags. I seriously got e-mails and texts all weekend about how their kid would not take off the bag. We ended up having 15 kids! I had to make 3 little pouches for the littlest one because I was so not making another bag after I had made 12. I do have to give credit to this awesome lady for this awesome tutorial
. I did make a few changes since I was making them in bulk to make my life a little easier..
- 1/2 yd of heavy duty fabric. I used corduroy, and so did the other tutorial
- Felt for the face (1 square of each is plenty)
- Heat n bond
- 1/4 yd of scrap fabric for the lining
1. Cut out all your pieces. Go here
to download the body and face pattern. Trace and cut with a seam allowance
1 strip - 3" x 28" ( a little larger than the tutorial suggested - I found it easier to deal with excess than not enough.)
2 strips- 2-1/2" x 6"
2 strips- 2-1/2" x 12"
2 squares - 6" by 8" (I guess that is a rectangle :)
1 square: 4" by 4"
2. Do your prep work - Ironing and sewing the straps and pocket. Here is where I strayed from the tutorial. I had 48 straps to sew! And there was NO WAY I was going to turn them all right side out, so I just ironed them down and did a top stitch..so much easier.
|Iron a small seam on either side|
|Fold in half and sew down. do this for the 6" strips and the 12" strips. Sew along the folded side|
The next is for the pocket. You will need the 4x4 square and the long strip.
|Just with Heat n Bond|
|Stitching around. Every step I proclaimed to my husband that "this is the worst part!" Ha- looking back- this was the easiest for sure. I think it was just the redundancy of making 12..|
4. Sew the long strip onto the body.
|Make sure it is face to face and that the pocket is nice and pulled away from the edge. Your machine will have to go through 4 layers once it reaches the pocket- my machine nor did my needles like it. I seriously broke 5 needles during this project! I had only ever broken one before in the years since I've had the machine..|
5. Attach the back
|First add the long straps. Pin the straps to the front of the back piece .|
|Place the back piece on top and sew the back piece to the other side of the strip|
| Make sure your straps are securely fastened (you could sew those on before adding it to the strip) I double backed over the straps just to be sure.|
6. Make the flap
|Place a bowl along the edge and trace and cut out |
|It ended up being roughly 7.5" by 4"|
Sew face to face along the curve - leave the straight part open
|Turn right side out |
7. Attach the flap and straps to the top of the bag.
|Notice how it is a little uneven on the top..|
|Trim it up! Make sure that it is as straight as you can make it|
|Pin the shorter straps down - make sure to line it up with the long straps|
|Add the flap on top and pin down and sew a seam across the back. At this point I took off the front part off so I could slide the bag around the arm of the machine|
|Check the seams and make sure the straps are securely tightened. |
8. Add the lining
|Lay the bag on the lining. Make sure it is nice and flat, the sides out and all|
|Trace around giving yourself a seam allowance. Now - the original tutorial did a much nicer lining - but, again - 12 bags people! |
|Cut out the lining |
|Take the two pieces of lining and put them face to face and sew along the sides - leave about a 5 inch opening on the bottom|
|So this is not 5 inches - and i had to open it up some...|
9. Attach the bag to the liner
|Keep the liner inside out and place the bag RIGHT side out inside the bag|
|Pin the side of the liner to the side of the bag and sew along the top|
|Pull the bag through the hole in the bottom|
|Check the seams and sew the liner closed|
Tuck the liner in and pleat the sides.
10. Attach the velcro and washers to finish the straps
|The washers I used. You could use D-rings, but I wanted something a little cheaper..|
|Attach the washer or D-ring to the short strap. The seam should be along the back of the strap|
|Attach 1' velcro to the top of the long strap and then about 2 inches down attach 2" velcro. This will make the bag adjustable|
All Done! I also whipped up these little babies for the back pack..
The finished Product
|I know he looks a little mad - it's the flap...but the kiddos loved them and it isn't too bad making just one.. :)|
|I also made these for the younger ones - little pouches - they turned out super cute and lots easier to make! |
Let me know if you make any Dora backpacks :)