A lazy, hot, summer afternoon. A rare day alone at home with E, just the two of us.
A photo shoot of a bag. E decides he's not going to let this interfere with our day, decides he's going to be a part of it, and then...
...that little rascal runs off with the bag...
...takes it for a ride...
Actually, next there was a fair break for swinging, sliding, and jumping together. So nice to have some time to ourselves. When did our little boy grow up?
Back side and interior:
This is the Backpack Tote Pattern by Leisl of Disdressed, pattern available at Purl Patchwork (not on their site currently but apparently you can call them for it.) This is an VERY well written and designed pattern with incredible attention to detail. Leisl doesn't leave a single detail out, with plenty of sidenotes and suggestions to help along the way. Every step is clearly described both in words and in illustrations. I learned a lot by "constructing" this bag. This is one STURDY bag. Nearly every exterior piece is reinforced with both heavy sewn-in interfacing AND heavy canvas (I used one similar to the kind Carhartt workwear is made of, even in that same classic brown color, although you can't see it anywhere on the exterior of the bag.)
The medium weight floral print is from a pair of thrifted curtains. The solid brown is a linen/cotton blend. The green lining is a thrifted linen tablecloth, and the striped cotton used for the interior pocket and the lining of the exterior pocket is thrifted vintage yardage.
Modifications: The height of the exterior pocket is increased. I skipped the interior, zippered pocket since I'd never use it but I'll use her instructions for one if I ever need to in the future.
The one slightly (so tiny, really) unclear thing in the pattern, I felt, is that the rivets are described as just that, rivets. Well, there are all kinds of rivets out there in the world for all different purposes. I tried pop rivets from the hardware store but they didn't hold even when I tried using washers, and C has some other copper rivets in the shop that didn't work either. Finally, it dawned on me that the rivets called for must be something like the kinds of rivets used in jeans? I tried instead machine sewing through the tripled layers of the already sturdy straps and broke two needles. For now, the straps are heavily sewn into place around the o-rings by hand until I get my hands on some rivets.
I hadn't ordered the hardware kit, offered optionally alongside the pattern, mistakenly thinking I could find the magnetic closure, o-rings, and rivets locally. Ha! Was I ever wrong. I ended up ordering the o-rings and magnetic clasp online and of course ordered a other things too, you know, make the order "worthwhile." I'd HIGHLY recommend ordering the hardware kit along with the pattern, and Purl, it turns out, will sell the hardware separately as well. Live and learn.
All in all, a great project, worth the price of the pattern, and finally, a summer replacement for the heavy woolen bag I've been hauling around since winter.
Others in the Day in The Park Backpack Tote Flickr Group.