I had the perfect fabric to do so. It’s a canvas with adorable little ballerinas all over it in Maya’s favourite colour, purple! This is the first time I’ve sewn with canvas. It was quite different than I thought, it was really soft. I guess I expected it to be more like home dec weight or denim or something.
And since I was already making one backpack, why not make another one for my little man. I let Jacob choose his fabric. Both kids are really into the tv show “Dinosaur Train” right now and I had this Lizzie House dinosaur print so I wasn’t surprised when Jacob picked it.
The pattern I used was the “Penguin Backpack” from the book, Little Things to Sew from Oliver and S. Instead of making it a penguin, I just used the lining piece as the front piece, but kept everything else pretty much the same (minus the penguin bits).
I used an unbleached linen I had in my stash for the lining. I really like how they turned out.
Having my two kids just over a year and a half apart was really hard for the first couple of years, and to be honest, I forget a lot about that blur of time. But I wouldn’t change it for anything. They love and adore each other so much.