Power Rangers Toddler Backpack Using Simplicity 1388 Sewing Pattern

I’m super excited for how this sewing project turned out!  It was nearing Christmas and I was still trying to figure out what on Earth I could get for one of my little nephews.  He’s almost three years, and he’s pretty typical in what he likes: superheroes, cars, etc.  In a sense, he’s pretty easy to buy for, but he also has a lot of different toys and clothes already.  I also had a pretty tight budget to stick to this year.  I was wandering around the fabric store one day, just trying to think of something I might be able to make.  This time of year, the standard seems to always be a no-sew fleece blanket, but I already made him a blanket last year.

He’s really into Power Rangers right now, and I was lucky enough to find ONE bolt of Power Rangers fabric.  Still, I was left wondering what the heck I could make that might be a little useful to a toddler.  I sat down to flip through the pattern books, and realized I had previously bought Simplicity 1388, which is a sewing pattern for a backpack.  Perfect!  It would be great for my spending budget as well because I already had most of the supplies on hand.  I chose to do view A because it was the most basic and practical for carrying toys, snacks, blankets, clothes, etc.

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  • Main fabric – Power Rangers cotton
  • Contrast fabric – Navy canvas
  • 1″ Red Nylon strapping
  • Dritz 1″ Strap adjusters
  • 12″ & 22″ zippers

Additional Supplies not pictured/required:

  • Pellon Wonder-Under
  • Duck canvas
  • Pellon Flex Foam
  • Lining Fabric

 

 

 

Based on the dimensions, I was a bit worried that the backpack would be too large for a toddler, but it actually looks like a nice size for him.  There were some modifications that I wanted to make, so I pretty much just used the pattern for the sizing of the pieces, and figured out the rest on my own.

I wanted to make sure the backpack had enough structure and shape, so I decided to underline all of my pattern pieces with the duck canvas.  The pattern called for interfacing and fleece, but I wanted to keep my cost down by using materials I already had.  I also feel that the canvas gave the cotton more body.  I used the Pellon Wonder-Under to fuse the cotton and canvas together to function as a single layer.

One of the things that bothered me about the pattern, was the straps.  It is designed to just use nylon webbing/strapping but I thought that sounded uncomfortable and cheap looking.  I instead decided to make cushioned straps like a regular backpack, and use the nylon strapping to keep them adjustable.  I also opted for these plastic strap adjusters instead of the thinner metal adjusters required in the pattern.  Using the Pellon Flex Foam creates a nice padded strap without making them too heavy or stiff.

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I’m so glad I decided to make my own straps, because it really takes the level up another notch.  Overall, I’m pretty pleased with how the backpack turned out!  At first, I was really having trouble getting my curved seams to lay flat, even with plenty of notching and pressing.  I was about to settle, but being the ridiculous perfectionist that I am, I opened up the lining and notched and pressed the heck out of it, and it looks way better!

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DIY Mini Knitted Christmas Stockings

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Continuing to DIY some Christmas decor with this free Mini Christmas Stocking knitting pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits.  There are eight different fair isle patterns included that you can choose from, but you could just knit them as a solid color and they would be just as cute!

They finish up quickly and would make a great ornament, garland, or gift wrap embellishment.