We are back from a very long summer break! With three little ones and a summer full of traveling, playing, working, etc., we took a break from blogging (and quite a few other things). But with fall in the air, preschool starting up again, and even my little three year old starting her first dance class, it’s time to get the blog going again.
So, first up is this super quick and easy Purl Bee tutorial gem – a backpack tutorial I used to make my daughter a ballet backpack. I found this adorable Anna Griffin Arabesque ballet shoe fabric at my favorite online fabric store. The fabric, plus Purl Bee’s easy to follow, easy to make tutorial was a perfect combination. My daughter had been asking for a backpack, and with her ballet class starting up in a week, I figured this was a perfect solution.
The Purl Bee blog does impeccable tutorials, and I was looking to do a very quick and easy project, as I was on a time crunch, so I didn’t change a single thing (except the fabric). However, if I had to do it again, I would have shortened the straps a bit (which I may still do). I wanted the bag to be a surprise for my daughter, so I didn’t fit her while making it. So one suggestion, try on the backpack before sewing the straps in, to make sure you like the length. There are three sizes- toddler, child, and adult. I chose the child size, even though my daughter is still kind of growing out of the toddler phase- this way, she can grow into it a bit and her ballet gear will fit easily. Now we are ready to go, and she couldn’t be more excited! My son is now making sure that I know he wants one with truck fabric for his birthday in a couple months. Fortunately, this backpack can be whipped up in an hour or two and for less than $10, so it should be no problem!