This was the first hat
And then I got distracted by other things to sew….
When Lightning McStitch threw out the challenge to sew all of the patterns in the book I decided it was something I should join in on
The penguin backpack was a pattern I definitely wanted to tackle early on in the challenge. I wasn't sure about making a penguin and I noticed that many people had used the basic pattern and modified it. I was undecided about what to do - although I knew I wanted to make something other than just a simple backpack - and then on Friday at Spotlight I found some brown and white drill fabric. There, in the shop, I had a eureka moment: I would make a cow backpack!
The grass was the perfect setting for a cow backpack
I search google for some cow images, found this fantastic painting and used it to guide my pattern drafting. I wanted the nose to be a separate pocket and sewed that first.
and I lined the pocket with a New Zealand-themed fabric
I added some 30mm craft eyes to the bag,
made some shorter, padded and interfaced straps, and used purchased strap fasteners and 32mm polyester strapping as finishing touches. I looked at some of the backpacks I had at home to figure out how to attach the strapping to the backpack
I lined the body of the bag in the same New Zealand material and made a single, larger pocket that was the same width as the back panel and used fold-over elastic along its top edge
I used some Steam-A-Seam2 to stick the zipper panels on (although I also hand-stitched the lining in place just to be sure). I was thankful for my collection of sewing gadgets because my mini iron was the perfect size for ironing the Steam-A-Seam in place without melting the zipper!
This is a great pattern and the possibilities are endless. I enjoyed the challenge of making something different and translating my vision into this finished item. I'm not ashamed to say that I love my cow backpack but I have no idea what to do with it now that it is finished…. but I guess it won't be mooving on just yet….