Back to School: Dinosaur Backpack
August 31, 2013
It was love at first sight with the Oliver + S Penguin Backpack and I was so close to making it for my daughter as she started preschool but she is a lover of dinosaurs and I was determined. So I set out to modifiy my own but along the way I found these other great modified versions: Fox, Elephant, and Frog.
I followed the pattern except for the modifications I will detail now. I started by cutting out my horns (Dino Backpack.pdf) and interfacing all four pieces and the big horn (Dino Backpack2.pdf). Then I roll hemmed the small horns on my serger (you could use the satin stitch on your sewing machine) and then placed each one towards the top at an outward angle with the top hanging out over the top 1/2''. Sew across the bottom of each horn then fold the horn down and pin in place. This will prevent you from accidentally sewing it when completing the back pack. Fold your big horn in half and sew across open side with 1/4'' seam. Sew on the bottom circle leaving a 1'' turning gap. Turn, stuff firmly and close gap. Using a whip stitch, stitch the horn onto the pocket.
To complete your dino flange, pin the Jumbo Ric Rac to the outside edge of the flange and baste in place. With right sides together stitch with 1/2'' seam the same ouside edge. Turn and press. Topstitch. After adding hanging strap and straps, pin the flange to your back piece from side notch to side notch and baste in place. Complete back pack according to instructions.
I used Organic Cotton Twill in Avacado to give it that dinosaur hue and Jumbo Rick Rack in Apple Green for the giant dinosaur spikes. Finally I added black, shank fashion buttons and a cream metal zipper. All together these items created one really great backpack that my daughter is head over heels for. If your little one is a dino-lover like mine, this is slam dunk modification. You can change up the colors combos to fit your child. I love the organic twill. It is so soft but strong and I love the peace of mind I get knowing it is good for her and for the environment.
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