Archive for September, 2013

Super 90’s Rucksack

A while ago a friend of mine asked if I could make a rucksack. The kind that instantly takes me back to the 90’s, quite slouchy with pockets on the sides, drawstring top and a flap with buckle fastening. Well I do like a challenge and wanted to try making a new bag pattern so I decided to give it a go.

I found this really fun fabric at Ikea which was just the right weight for my bag. What made it even better was I got to colour it in!

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I wanted to keep the bag pretty simple so decided on just a pocket on each side for the monsters drinks when we are out. Inside I did contemplate putting a zipper pocket, but I’m glad I didn’t as I was worried it might alter the shape, I really wanted it to look nice a slouchy.

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The lining I chose was some tape measure print from my LQS and I opted for a white cord for the drawstring as I didn’t want to detract from the outer fabric. I got the buckle and strap findings from this website, they were really reasonably priced and arrived quickly so I’ll be shopping there again!

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The pattern didn’t take too much tweaking considering it was the first draft, I only had a bit of an issue deciding on the height. Apparently I’m not as tall as I think I am. Attaching the outer base was a bit of a bugger but once that was done (and I remembered I had a new walking foot) it was pretty straight forward. The walking foot handled the quilted straps and handle beautifully. I think it’s my new favourite toy.

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I have to confess this bag isn’t going to my friend, I’ve made it for me to use as hand luggage on a trip Sean and I are going on soon. Sorry Lisa, but I promise yours is next! I’m not planning on taking any other luggage so I’ve made the rucksack quite large, while still keeping within the airline restrictions.

Overall I’m really pleased with it and will definitely be making more, I’m thinking it would look cute in laminated cotton.

Summer Holidays part 2

Well the summer holidays are officially over and I’m hoping we return to normality over the next few days. It’s been great having the monsters at home, but I think they are both ready to be back at school.

Sean managed to take a few days off so we made sure we had a few fun days out, here are a few photos of our last few weeks of summer fun.
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A trip to London to see Buckingham Palace, a local air show, Legoland.

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Lego fun with daddy, seaside with my mum and dad, family BBQ at my aunt and uncles house.

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We all really love playing with uncle Tim’s John Deere ride on lawn mower. You can’t see it in the shot but my uncle is helping monster no1 drive, honest!