Back 2 School Bus Tour & Pattern Giveaway

Hi everyone! If you're stopping by from Get Your Crap Together, welcome!! I hope you stay awhile and feel inspired :)

Chelsea has put together a great pattern pack called Back 2 School Pattern Pack.
*UPDATE: This Pattern is unfortunately no longer available*

Also, at the bottom of this post, you can enter to win your very own copy!

As an introduction to the pattern pack, she is hosting a week long tour on her blog. Make sure you stop by and check out all the other stops on the tour and the fun things they are making!

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There are lots of things to choose from in the pack. When Chelsea asked if I would be willing to review a couple of patterns, I immediately said yes! My little man has been asking for a backpack and what's better than a Mama-made one?? :)

I chose to sew up the Traveling Backsak,

and the Pencil Pouch.

Since E is not yet in Kindergarten, he uses these things for toting around treasures and also for packing some of his favorite toys along when we go on a road trip to Grandma's house.

I made a few changes to the backsak.

Instead of using quilting fabric as the pattern suggests, I used duck cotton for the outer and fully lined it with quilting cotton. I also fused lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric. I did this so the bag would have more stability. I'm very pleased with the result!

I lined the outside pocket as well.

Fully lined.
I would like to make another one of these for O, and if I get around to actually sewing it up, I'll be sure to include a tutorial on how to fully line the bag!

I'm kinda in love with this fabric combo! And since E is OBSESSED with all things that go, this vintage car fabric that I snagged at Hobby Lobby is right up his alley.

I made just a couple of adjustments to the pencil pouch pattern. I again used the cotton duck fabric on the outside for a bit more stability. 

The other thing I did was to top stitch along the edge of the zipper so the lining would not get in the way when opening and closing the zipper.

To do this, I used my zipper foot and sewed a line of stitching just at the very edge of the outer fabric.

And now E has a perfect sized pouch to tuck special treasures into!

Another super fun detail about this project is that I got to use my twill tape (for the backsak straps) and zipper stash that I received as prizes for winning Judges Choice for Best Straight Skirt on Skirt Week at Crafterhours. Woohoo! So Fun!

The backpack is the perfect size to tuck the pouch into and also for my little man's best stuffed friend, affectionately named "Ruff-Ruff". :)

These pictures do crazy things to my mama heart. He looks so grown up and I can't help but picture him when he goes off to school next year. He's growing up so fast! *Tears* I'm so proud of the independent, smart, funny boy he is. 

Details on his shirt and a tutorial here.

Enter here for your chance to win your very own pattern pack!

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Happy Sewing!!

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