Planetary Backpack is in Orbit!

Such an exciting day for me to be able announce that my first PDF pattern is about to be released! I had been working away on another pattern when the opportunity to submit a pattern to be published in the upcoming issue of One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine arose. With an “INTERGALACTIC” theme to Issue 24 the “Planetary Backpack” jumped the pattern development queue!

In my mind’s eye the bag is an alien planet landscape with mountain (turn pocket) and moon filled sky. A perfect backpack for all budding astronauts, and pretty handy as a day to day bag for those in command too.

Not long after signing up to develop the pattern for the Issue 24 deadline the Corona Virus turned our own world upside down. Normally I’m an architect by morning, herding the children by afternoon and a late night sewing addict. Like the rest of the planet our daily routine was thrown into disarray. I was no longer sure if getting this pattern ready for the issue deadline was going to be achievable but I decided to give it my best shot.

When I had the pattern prepared to a point where I could call for testers I knew that I would be asking for a short testing timeframe. I hoped that there might be some people out there who would be interested in testing and crazy enough to take it on during these already challenging times. I am so grateful to everyone who applied and even more grateful to the team of testers who put me and the pattern through our paces over the course of an intense couple of weeks.

After only a few days of testing I was thrilled to see all the test backpacks appearing within the testing group. It is quite incredible to see other people’s take on your design, bringing their own style and imagination to the pattern. I am so privileged to have such a great team test my first pattern. Have a peek at some of their amazing Planetary Backpacks and click to check out more of their amazing work!

It was unanimously agreed within the testing group the pattern is a Confident/Advanced Beginner level; a few challenges in there – mainly due to having to handle multiple layers of fabric/strapping – but nothing you can’t handle! It is my hope that the comprehensive pattern tutorial will provide enough guidance to anyone with a bit of sewing experience behind them to feel confident in tackling this project. See an extract from the tutorial below:

The Planetary Backpack is a relaxed drawstring backpack with a top cover flap and an easy access outer front pocket. A midsized backpack (approximate finished internal dimensions: 370mm (14 ½ inches) tall x 420mm (16 ½ inches) wide) perfect for a trip to the park or to carry all the essentials needed for your little one’s first trip to outer space!

The pattern comes in A4/Letter format for home printing along with an A0 file for copy shop printing and a layered projector file also!

To celebrate the release of the pattern on 16th May in Issue 24 of One Thimble I will soon be hosting some exciting giveaways over on Facebook and Instagram, so be sure to follow to be in with the chance to win some planetary goodies!

Creating this first pattern was a steep learning curve, a lot of work but a true labour of love. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it and look forward to getting my next pattern up and running!

One Thimble has exclusive rights to the pattern for the next month or so, after that it will be available to purchase as a stand alone pattern through my ETSY shop The In Complete Stitch – where all my future patterns will also be found!

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This is happening!!!

I’ve been working away here quietly and late into the night for a while now, and have a lot left to do, but shortly I will be putting a call out for pattern testers for my very own backpack pattern!!!

As an architect I’ve been designing buildings for over 20 years but get so much satisfaction from the physical process of making that it feels entirely natural to keep exploring the this process and combine my two passions.

Inspired by my littlest and her need for a little bag for her “big girl pre-school” lunches I made this colour blocked oversized backpack for her.

I’ve made a few adjustments to the size since along with fine tuning the proportions and details and I’m now nearly ready to put out a tester call!

I’d love to hear from you if you are interested – keep an eye on my Instagram and facebook page for the call! How very exciting !!

I was a little nervous that the reflective denim would look/feel a bit weird with the addition of the reflective threads, but it is super soft and a gorgeous shade of dark blue.

I was gifted this most super cool night reflective denim from Fabric Romance and made a super road safety version for my middle boy! Yellow baby cord (from my last visit to an open day in Dress Fabrics) for day time visibility combined with the fab reflective denim for those dark/dull winter mornings and evening trips back from GAA training. Perfect combo!!

I couldn’t believe how well the reflective threads worked!!

I had been jealously browsing the Fabric Romance website for ages, but I’ve been trying my very best not to buy myself any more fabric so when she asked if I’d be interested in writing a blog post in return for something to play with I knew straight away what would make a great “As Yet Unnamed” Backpack.

shhh… No.3 gets to use it for her gymnastic gear when her brother isn’t watching…

So… Here’s the plan…

The pattern is to have two sizes… this “oversized” children’s version. But also an “oversized” adults version too! Mainly because I was getting so jealous of the children’s cool bags and wanted a giant backpack all of my own!! I also reckon the smaller version would make a great crossbody purse… so maybe that might happen??

Mamma bag and baby bag…

I had been given a Merchant and Mills gift voucher by the gorgeous Elles of Misusu Patterns and knew I wanted to make myself something using this voucher. I was dying to get my hands on some of their expedition weight oilskin and when I saw that rust colour I knew what my gift would purchase! Thank you Elles!!

Now I’ve to get myself back to the pool!!

This big size feels like a Mary Poppins bottomless carpet bag as you can just fit more and more into it… It would make a super overnight bag, a great sports gear bag, a trip to the zoo with the kids?

Next Step??

Pretty soon (in about a week or so) I’ll put out a call for testers to help me fine tune the pattern and check I’m on the right track with all my instructions! A couple of weeks later we’ll start the testing and all gin well a few weeks later I’ll release the pattern!!

Wish me luck!!

I’m off to sew, sew, sew, draw, draw, draw, sew, sew, sew…