Back-to-School Girly Backpack

I am jumping for joy and excited!
Do you know why?
School has started and I can get back to making stuff and blogging!
Are any of you taking a big sigh of relief at having a moment to even think, let alone get things back into a normal rhythm?
I hope you are! Even those of you with first time little ones out the door - the sad "my little one is already going to school" moment will pass.
I promise.

So, little AuBrynne hopped on the bus to her first day of Pre-K class at our local elementary.
And she does this without hesitant! She doesn't even meed me!
I knew this would be the case, as she had been asking me for 93 straight days, when she could go back to school.
When we were getting her school supplies ready, the list called for a "large backpack".
Ok. Cool. Until you start looking for one and you have basically two options:
-the dreaded obnoxious character plastered all over; or
-cute, but priced way out of budget.

So, I decided that I could make a backpack with super cute fabrics and some iron on vinyl.
So, I did.
I found some cute fat quarter packs that little AuBrynne LOVED, and melted the iron on vinyl to all but one of the fat quarter pieces. 
Then I cut them in to three inch strips and sewed them all together into one piece and then top-stitched all the seams open.
After all that, I cut all the pieces of the backpack out and assembled it.
For the back, I sandwiched cushioning between the outside and the lining and then quilted the piece.
I also left the straps without the vinyl coating and also made them super cushioned for comfort.
The applique was done with two pieces that I cut with my Silhouette SD and a 60° blade.
I layered them together and used a blanket stitch on my machine to go around all of the edges.

I think it all turned out super cute!
And AuBrynne loves it!

The bus comes RIGHT at lunch time, so she finished as she waited ♥

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  1. very girly! looks like she likes it!

  2. That is so adorable. I wish I had a little girl to make it for....your little one is so cute.

    Stopping by from Little Birdie Told Me

  3. I love, love, love it!! And by the smile on A's face, I think she does too. Only your creative mind could come up with such a great design and implement it so perfectly. Glad to hear that A is excited for school....what a difference a new school makes, right? LOL!

  4. Whoa!!! That is too stinkin' cute!! Great job!!

  5. That looks fantastic! You did a great job. It looks like it took forever!

  6. I want one... I am drooling at how beautiful this is!

  7. Amazing! following your blog now and would love a follow back if you have a chance! Come see me at www.cookieandclaire.blogspot.com

  8. I absolutely ADORE this backpack!! Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday'! I'll be featuring you tomorrow, so be sure to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!

  9. You made a....BACKPACK? You're amazing, and so is AuBrynne's backpack! Wishing you and your sweet little schoolgirl a wonderful school year! Thank you so much for being a regular guest on "A Little Birdie Told Me...". If you'd like, please feel free to link-up this post to my ongoing BACK-TO-SCHOOL blog hop. It gets about 200 pageviews a day, and you don't have to worry about posting the button (http://bit.ly/pjfFtk)


  10. This is absolutely brilliant! I cannot believe this is homemade! You are so clever!! Brand new to all this blogging and linking but glad I found yours!
    S x


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