Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Finish: Range Backpack

I don't do a lot of "3-D" sewing--in other words, things other than quilts.

The Range Backpack, an excellent pattern by Noodlehead, has been on my radar since last summer when I saw the one made by Amanda Jean. I promptly came home from the quilting retreat in Minnesota and ordered waxed canvas from A. L. Frances Textiles, which then sat in a corner in my sewing room until this week, nearly a year later!

The canvas felt stiff as a board, literally, and I was quite intimidated at the thought of sewing through something that stiff. But I followed Anna's pattern, and with a size 16 denim needle, it was actually a breeze to make.

The only thing I changed was the closure--it called for a D ring but I used a clasp instead. You can't see it very well because I need to shorten the bottom strap, which I will do the next time I make one of these. And you can be sure there will be a next time--I already have fabrics chosen!
I love the lining fabric--a Suzuko Koseki print in coordinating colors with lots of fun artsy items, purchased from Sunnyday Supply.
I even made my own little leather "handmade" label.
And included a "live a colorful life" label on the side.
The back of the backpack.
I couldn't resist photographing it on my coordinating sewing chest.
I'm thrilled with how it turned out. It will get some good use on our upcoming trip to Yellowstone.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, TGIFF and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


  1. This pattern is really tempting me to try some 3-D sewing of my own. Good to hear that the waxed canvas isn't so hard to work with. You've done a wonderful job on this, hope you like how it works for you on your trip.

  2. Oh, this is wonderful! I am planning a trip to Yellowstone this year as well. If you get to Gardiner, Montana -- which is the north entrance to Yellowstone -- you might check out Elk River Art. It is a gallery owned by my aunt and her husband. They also are the artists and have some beautiful work, both paintings and sculptures.

  3. I keep seeing these across bogland, I may just have to bite the bullet and make one! Yours is wonderful.

  4. I totally dig that bag. I would be curious about the feel of the waxed fabric against your skin and clothes since it is a pack>? It looks fantastic!

  5. AWESOME bag!! You did a great job on the detailing.

  6. Way to go! It looks so professional!

  7. This is beautiful and I love your fabric choices. Have fun with it in Yellowstone.

  8. This is awesome! I haven't used a backpack in years, but the Range is really calling to me!

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