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…