cutest. backpack. ever.

I'm not a person that likes to brag or likes a lot of attention in real life.  I'm a shy homebody and I'm usually pretty critical of the things I make.  As a blogger I love comments (of course) but it feels insincere to say, "Hey!  Look at this cool thing I made!"  But, that is what craft blogging is all about.

Well, today I'm having no trouble at all with finding the right way to say this.

You really do need to look at this cool thing I made.  Introducing the cutest. backpack. ever.

cutie

The backpack pattern comes from the book, Oliver + S Little Things to Sew by Liesel Gibson.

detail

Henry loves the Octonauts, so I made a few adjustments to the pattern to make the penguin look more like Peso.  I added the white face piece, I shortened the feet, wings and beak and I appliqued the eyes on and embroidered the white dots on the eyes.


zipper and lining

I love the DS Quilts plaid for the lining.  The zipper panel directions were explicit.  It seemed like they had duplicate steps, but I followed every one and they helped me get a great result. 


i love this little guy!


I admit that I keep putting this backpack on Henry and then telling him to run into the other room just so I can get a good view of the penguin on his back.

This may be one of the most satisfying craft projects ever.

34 comments:

Sarah said...

this is great!!!! it really is just as great as you say it is!

verykerryberry said...

Sweet! that really is a lovely little boy bag!

Jeannie said...

Don't you love their patterns! If you can follow directions you can make anything they do!
This is beyond adorable and cute and right up there with over the top awesome!!!
I love the changes you made too. You couldn't have picked more perfect fabric!!

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

Ack! This is so so cute!! Well done Mama!!! : )

Muriël said...

It's supercute! You can certainly be proud of that!!

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

it's adorable, Melinda! I'm sure Henry loves it!

Cassie said...

true story. that is stinking adorable. I think I totally want one :)

audreypawdrey said...

It IS the cutest backpack ever! My daughter has two backpacks, doesn't need another one (why does she have 2 at age 2?!!), but I am totally going to have to make her one now. Love it!

Toni said...

You have every right to brag about this one! So cute! I have that book and have wanted to make that backpack for one of my kids but just haven't yet. I totally need to now!

Anna said...

i love love it melinda! I bet henry is more than thrilled to carry it around. and what a perfect lining fabric too. beautiful job. :)

Emily said...

Honk your horn SISTA!!! This is sooooooo awesome! I would be doing the happy dance all year if I made this!!!!

Ginette said...

Adorable!!

Amy Friend said...

Perfect in everyway!!

Prof. S said...

That is ***ADORABLE***!!!!!! Oh my goodness. And I own that book (have only made the bucket hat -- 6 times over). I may need to make one of these, if I can just find the time. Oy. Your version is SUPER. Love it.

susan (moonthirty) said...

Yep, cutest ever for sure! Nicely done!

piecemealquilts said...

You're right, this is adorable!

Becca said...

You are so right. Cutest backpack eva!

Basildon Kitchens said...

Soooo Cute! Brag away! It is the most adorable back pack ever.

Suz said...

I don't know whether I like the lining fabric best (it's like a secret surprise), or the measuring tape fabric!! Do you ever feel like making grown up versions of certain things... you could have a matching family set!

Vanesa said...

Ooh love it! Seeing this just makes me smile.

angela said...

super super cute!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

utterly adorable! You chose fantastic fabrics. Penguins are my favourite :)

Nicole said...

I love that thing! So great.

Debbie said...

That is THE cutest!!

melissa said...

you have reached the pinnacle of cuteness!
this is the cutest thing i've ever seen.
you are amazing!!

seaschell said...

Absolutely adorable! I bet Henry loves it. :)

Nic said...

Very, very cute - I love it!

kat said...

Well, I'll say. That really is stinkin cute! I like the suggestion to make a matchy-match one for you or (and?) Ben! I mean, maybe not penguins exactly, but a different kind of bag in the same fabrics?? Question about the patttern--what kind of fabric did it call for? How do you find the stiffness? i.e. is it sturdy enough? And in the same vein, where did you find a sturdy zipper?

felicity said...

Oh Mah GAH! totally adorable! Nicely done!!

Vanessa@Designs By Sessa said...

This is absolutely the cutest penguin backpack I have ever seen! Seriously! You did an AMAZING job with the fabrics and everything! Fabulous job!

Parul said...

What a lovely backpack! Penguins are my all time favourite.
I have put your lovely work on my pinterest board and linked your blog so more people can discover your cute creation!

Alli said...

This IS the cutest backpack ever! The things you added are perfect! :)

Heather said...

I am loving your blog, you make great stuff!, this is the cutest backpack ever I agree!

Sandra :) said...

I'm trying to persuade a friend to do a penguin backpack mini "sewalong" with me for fun - when I google image searched the project, your photo jumped out at me! I had planned on making the backpack for a great nephew for Christmas, and yours is - well - just adorable, lol!

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