#SewYourStyle :: Cozy Cakes Backpack

You’ve heard that September is National Sewing Month, right?  Jo-Ann is celebrating by asking you to #SewYourStyle and create a non-quilted, non-traditional project using quilting fabrics.  They’ve asked a blogger to share a sponsored post for each day of September as inspiration and today is my turn.  I made this adorable Cozy Cakes Backpack using this pattern, and both my girls and I love it!

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I mean really, what little girl wouldn’t love a backpack that looks like a cupcake?  Arden especially is obsessed with filling up bags with various things as part of creative play.  I made this for Hadley so she could have a special bag now that Arden has a backpack to take to kindergarten and back each day.

 

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The pattern to construct this backpack is great – I had no trouble at all following the tutorial.  This is a stellar project if you’re patient and can set aside a good chunk of time to work on it.  There’s nothing particularly difficult about the sewing, but there are a lot of steps and working a three-dimensional bag through the sewing machine is a bit tedious.

 

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I took Hadley to the cupcake shop that’s just up the road from us with the promise of a cupcake as a reward.  This is where we get cupcakes for birthdays and special events – they’re soooo tasty!  Too bad I didn’t check the hours before promising because they didn’t open for an hour after we were there.  I made good and got her a muffin for breakfast at another store and all was well.

 

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I love the fabrics I found to be transformed into a cupcake!  The damask just screamed cupcake wrapper to me, and I found the perfect pink speckled fabric that I thought looked exactly like pink frosting with sprinkles on top.  I chose to omit the cherry and stem in the pattern to allow this combination to shine.  The only other changes I made from the pattern as written were to use a zipper with two-way slides and I used plastic sliders for the strap adjusters instead of d-rings.

This was my first time working with Pellon’s Peltex #72F Ultra Firm fusible interfacing.  It really makes this backpack have the dimension and stability it needs while still being easy to sew through.

 

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I didn’t get a picture of the interior pocket, but Hadley thought it was great.  Just right for stashing small things you don’t want sinking to the bottom of your bag.

 

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If you’d like a chance to win an amazing prize, just link up your #SewYourStyle projects at http://www.joann.com/sewyourstyle.  It’s a fantastic contest sponsored by Pellon and runs the entire month of September.  All you have to do is show off a project you’ve made using quilting fabrics in something other than a quilt.  Make a garment, bag, pillow, really anything goes!

 

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Thanks Jo-Ann for inviting me to the #SewYourStyle party!

4 Responses to #SewYourStyle :: Cozy Cakes Backpack

  1. Sarah September 22, 2014 at 6:34 AM #

    Jennifer-
    Absolutely adorable! I love the poka dot fabric for the frosting! I’m so glad you enjoyed the pattern and I know your little one will have fun wearing it. Thanks! sarah (cozy nest design)

  2. Jenya September 26, 2014 at 8:11 AM #

    What a cute little backpack!

  3. Sarah September 27, 2014 at 12:24 AM #

    HOW DARLING is this COZY CAKES/ CUPCAKE BACKPACK? LOVE the 2 fabrics you selected . . . soooooo UNIQUE! LOVE the tiny polka dot red/pink/coral “frosting with sprinkles” on the top paired with BOLD black & white print for the bottom area! Any young girl would certainly LOVE to use this! Thanks for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis

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