|My oldest of three grandsons will be 3 shortly, so I'm whipping up some love for all three, since I can't be there. I decided to make personalized items. I will stuff their backpacks with all the goodies I have made them.|
I looked online for free instructions for making toddler backpacks. I found this fish one. Well, I can never just make something as it is written. So, instead of sewing the outlines of scales, I found "fishy" fabric...a cool vinyl for fins and the body is a fake suede that has a foam layer behind it. It looks like i has scales, kind of a reptile scale looking fabric, but it sure is cute for a fish. I found these fabrics in home dec at Hancock's. The head is a metallic cotton that was in spot-the-dot.
Instead of sewing the tail and fin, right sides together and turning, I used iridescent thread and gray and used the rolled hem with the wrong sides together, so I wouldn't have to turn all that thickness. I like the look, too.
I used my spray Mettler Web Bond to make applique eye and monogram. The applique font is tango font I bought on etsy. The writing is Lollipop font, downloaded as a true type font into my digitizing pes program.
I made my straps about 30" long from 1" webbing and used some webbing slides (triglides) I had for other projects.
I had some red rayon (?) round cording for drawstring and a cute black barrel cord lock.
All in all, I love how this turned out. I actually like it better than the one on the web. Samuel is only 5 months, but I'm sure DD will find some use for it