It was a fun and exhausting day! And knowing that the kids would be toting their lunches/water/snacks through all of these different modes of transportation inspired me to make a backpack for Little Sister that was more manageable for her to carry around all day than her usual big school backpack, which has to be larger to accommodate her school work and such. This is what I came up with:
|Overlooking the Rainbow Bridge in Odaiba|
It's the perfect size to fit her lunch box and water bottle (or when it's a family day, her coloring wallet, kids kindle fire, some snacks, and sunglasses), and I just couldn't love this fabric any more than I do.
It's from the Melody Miller RubyStar line, and it has so many different prints mixed into one cut of fabric so it's perfect for a pieced project like this--I can give each element a different print!
The front flap has the iconic Viewmaster print--I definitely wanted to show that off. I added some piping around the outside, and the lining fabric is all the same double-sided quilted stuff I used to make Little Sister's Tinkerbell jacket for Halloween. It was nice for giving the back some padding and stability without having to add interfacing. It's impossible to tell in these photos, but I also quilted around some of the Viewmaster circles for a. some added interest/texture and b. some quilting practice.
|She loves that the straps are different :) Recognize that Bimaa dress?|
I forgot to take pics of the back but you can sort of see it here, along with the floral side panels.
And here it is in action on the field trip-
|Riding the monorail|
|Picnic Lunch time!|
|Stuffed into the Yamanote Line!|
I made up the pattern for this bag, but if you want to make one, I followed some basic messenger bag instructions like these but added backpack straps between the flap and the body of the bag instead of putting a shoulder strap on the sides. The important thing for keeping the backpack from sliding off the shoulders is to get the straps as close together as possible at the top. I cut my straps 18" long, and ended up trimming off just a bit when I attached them, making sure they were still even.
I actually started by making another backpack, which was adorable but too small to hold Little Sister's lunch box and water bottle:
|My favorite part are the arrows on the straps!|