These were supposed to be Christmas backpacks but I ran out of time during the holiday season so they became Easter backpacks.
I only started following a lot of sewing blogs in the past 6-9 months or so, so I missed out on a lot of great patterns when they were released. This backpack from Made By Rae was one of them. My initial intention was to follow the Busy City quilting patterns from Empty Bobbin to make the front end loader and tow truck designs. I did not realize that the patterns involve paper piecing, which I have never done before. I stared at the pattern pieces for a couple of days before getting on You Tube. I get the basic concept but it became clear that in order to get the backpacks done for Easter I would need to draw the trucks freehand instead of piecing them together. They look homemade up close but that's OK with me. They ARE homemade!
The Easter Bunny left lots of candy in them yesterday but after that's gone I believe we will be using them for supplies when we are out and about.
I used a cheap denim from Hancock Fabrics for the exterior. It was a little flimsy so I lined the bag with flannel that I interfaced with a very stiff iron-on interfacing. It helped a lot.
My boys refuse to wear the most recent article of clothing I've made for them. This makes me sad but the backpacks were well received.