At the beginning of November we made a trip to Nashville for me to attend the Business Boutique. My brother lives in Alabama only an hour and a half away so after the conference was over we headed down there to spend some time with them. We had planned to go to the zoo as part of the trip. Now my kiddo loves to be down and free and I knew she wouldn’t want to be contained to the stroller while we were there. I decided to make her a backpack with a strap attached like one of those harness backpacks you can buy. That way I could let her get down and run while not having to worry about losing her.
To make the backpack, I decided to use the free pattern from Sew Much Ado. She has a few different free backpack patterns so it was hard to choose which one I wanted to go with. She has a heart one, a bunny one, and a cat one. I ended up deciding to use the bunny pattern and modify it a bit. I decided I wanted a pocked on the back and decided against the bunny ears. I did also go with the pellon flex she used in the cat pattern as the reinforcement to make the backpack stable.
I used a faux leather as the detail on the sides and the trim on the pocket. I used polkadot fabric from Hobby Lobby for the exterior and a feather fabric also from Hobby Lobby for the lining. This pattern came together very nicely and I really love the outcome. I did have a little trouble not getting the corners to bunch up. I am sure if I spent more time on it I could have had a better outcome, but that’s what happens when you decided last minute to sew up a backpack for a trip. You have limited time to mess with it ;).
Other than adding a front pocket and forgoing the bunny ears and tails I followed the pattern as directed. It did not come with a “leash” (is there a better term for that for a kiddo?) so I just made up my own. I used a swivel clip to attach to the handle of the backpack. Easy Peasy. It was a great idea, but I realized what I really needed when I actually went to use it, was another front attachment to make sort of a harness. She could easily pull off the backpack when she realized she was confined to being close to me. While it was a great idea, the addition of the harness for her to be unable to remove the backpack would have made it much better. We ended up just taking off the backpack and not using it. Her cousins did a great job of watching her :).
Even though the backpack didn’t work as I had hoped it would, it is still pretty cute and I know she will love using it without the leash. Maybe next time I need it I will make a harness attachment to go across the front straps.
If you want to make your own backpack check out all of Sew Much Ado’s free backpack patterns: