The talented ladies over at Prudent Baby once again share an amazing tutorial on a simple Drawstring Backpack. Perfect for your toddler's library trips!
1 piece of heavy weight fabric 13" X 26" (this is Heather Ross Far Far Away 2 from Fabricworm)2 yards trim/ribbon (3/4" width or smaller)
Fold fabric in half right sides facing, 13" edges aligned
Sew up the edges, stopping two inches from the top
Cut the edges with pinking shears
Fold each side edge in 1/4" and iron, then the top edge in 1/4" and iron.
Repeat on the opposite side.
Sew in place along the edge to create a casing.
Repeat with the other piece of trim going the other direction.
Now we will create the gusset and attach the backpack straps. Bring
the seam to the front center and iron the bag into a point.
It will look like this unfolded. Make sure it is straight!
Measure two inches down from the tip of the triangle.
Draw a straight line across the tip at the 2" mark you made.
Cut the tip of the bag off 1/4" above the line.
Grab the ends of one side of the trim.
Pull them inside the bag and through the hole in the tip.
Repeat on the opposite side, so now you have each strap pinned into a triangle point.Sew in place along the line you drew.
Pull the straps to close the bag.
Also on a related note: Jaime Curtis from Prudent Baby has written a book (yes, a book! Where does she find the time!!!) called Prudent Advice I have read it and let me tell you it is a must read and a must for your family's library. Jaime emphasizes the importance of being ethical, practicing kindness, thinking for oneself, and seeing the beauty in everything and everyone, especially on the inside. We will be hosting Jaime at Little Bean Shop on November 5th. We will have the signed books for sale and you can meet Jaime! Check her website to see when she will be coming to your city! In the meantime find the book here!