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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’d like a chance to win an amazing prize, just link up your #SewYourStyle projects at http://www.joann.com/
Thanks Jo-Ann for inviting me to the #SewYourStyle party!