12.7.18

Ella's Big Girl Bunny Backpack

You guys - I am *SO* excited to share this with you. It's not often I'm insanely proud of a project I finish, but this is one of them. The best part? You can find the free pattern and tutorial online to make your own!

We've come to the sad stage of Ella outgrowing everything, including her honking big diaper bag. I no longer need 12,000 diapers and two packs of wipes when I run to the grocery store. I've always been in love with the Skip & Hop brand of backpacks, but my frugalness said no. *sigh* SO IMAGINE how freaking excited I was to find that there was a FREE pattern for the world's cuteness toddler backpack ever invented!?! (I'll give you a hint: I was pretty excited!)

This project took me about two days to finish, and is not *too* complicated, once you make sense of all the somewhat confusing directions. I'm still shocked at how well everything turned out in the end!

I found the cutest shade of robin egg blue at our local Joann in the home decor aisle. I was very happy with the weight of fabric I chose for the outside since it helped mask all the fusible fleece and interfacing in between the layers! Somehow, it wasn't too bulky to sew with, either. Walmart provided some super cheap pink fuzz for the bunny elements.

The inside fabric is so stinking adorable. *swoon*
I've never had much luck with zippers, but this one fit JUST PERFECTLY. I'm so happy! You'll have to excuse my wonky top stitching. *hides*

As you can see, I didn't have a real bag adjuster and I wasn't too keen on blowing any more $$ on the project, so I just stuck to using D-rings. The backpack adjust pretty easily, but still manages to keep it's shape when someone is wearing it. It turned out to be a blessing, because I can adjust it to mommy size in two seconds after she gets tired of wearing it (as pictured. lol!)

She thinks it's cool stuff to carry her Baba in the backpack. ^-^
You can find the free pattern and tutorial over at Sew Much Ado. I recommend reading through the instructions a couple of times and carefully thinking about your cutting layout when measuring out pieces (I ran out of fabric for the straps!) 

The entire project cost me about $20 since I didn't have a lot of supplies and I splurged by buying everything at Joann. *facepalm* It seems about the average price for a cute backpack, so I'm happy! 

Cheers!
Bethany

Pattern by Sew Much Ado
Ella's Jelly Sandals are from Walmart (people keep asking me!) 

10 comments

  1. that backpack is awesome Bethany! man I wish I could sew like you, Ella is just soooo super cute<3
    - Rose

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I’m self-taught, so all it takes is patience and a good pattern! <3

      Delete
  2. OH MY GOODNESS THAT IS JUST PURE ADORABLENESS

    ReplyDelete
  3. The backpack turned out wonderfully! Love it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Grammie! I was so surprised at how well it came together. For once. :)

      Delete
  4. It’s really cute! And she looks like such a big girl sporting a BACKPACK. How did that happen so fast? 😩

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know! She walks down stairs like a human and gets her own diapers and has started tucking me into bed and all sorts of stuff. She’s such an adult. *sigh*

      Delete
  5. SO STINKIN CUTE!

    It's funny you say that about Ella's sandals. Every time I buy Haven shoes from Walmart, somebody at church, the park, or a family get together just dies and melts into a puddle. *Yay Walmart*

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad I’m not the only one! For real though...I feel like every kid should be wearing the same shoes I buy from the clearance rack at Walmart, but it’s apparently our best kept secret! Lol!

      Delete

© Everyday Memoirs
Maira Gall