Planetary Release Giveaway!

The Planetary Backpack pattern is now available to purchase in my Etsy Shop! Hooray!!

To get the ball rolling you can get the pattern at 30% off until the 19th July using the code BLASTOFF30 and in celebration there will be a whole load of fab giveaways happening over on Instagram this coming week!!

A gang of the talented women who tested the pattern will be hosting giveaways of copies of the pattern along with other fun goodies to find. So check out my Instagram feed for all of the details!

I was so excited when my wonderful team of testers started making their backpacks, see their work here, but it really has been amazing to already see Planetary Backpacks appearing in my Instagram and Facebook feeds from those who got the pattern through Issue 24 of One Thimble. I thought I’d take the chance to share a few with you.

The wonderful Nicola Brown (@clasheen over on Insta) made two stunning bags using beautifully eco-dyed locally sourced fabrics. I think the colours and textures are simply beautiful.

Nicola makes fine art textiles inspired by nature and the Irish landscape. She runs workshops on many textile related techniques including felting and eco-dying. You can find her website here! I must say it is really gratifying to see someone take a leap of faith and use your pattern for the first time, but even more gratifying when you see them produce another so soon after. Here’s what Nicola had to say:

“It’s the first published pattern by Sarah Jolley of @incompletestitches and as soon as I saw one on her Instagram feed I knew that I’d have to make it. To say I’m delighted with the result is a major understatement!!!!! The pattern is wonderfully easy to follow and although there are a lot of pieces to prepare (it’s fully lined and has pockets!) the construction is a joy!”

Jessica Fowler (aka @sewjessfowler) was the first person, other than the testers, to sew up my pattern and I was so excited to see it.

“Made the Planetary Backpack, it’s the first backpack I’ve ever made and I love it! Sewing it was a dream, the instructions were so clear. I can’t wait to make more!”

She made such a fun job of all her bags and yes, she did make more – she has made 5 of them so far!! Here are the first three! (I think the red beetle one is my favourite… mental note to give some free motion embroidery a go.)

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 with a comprehensive, detailed, illustrated tutorial and comes with in A4/Letter format for home printing along with an A0 file for copy shop printing and a layered projector file also!

Feel like making one yourself now? Well head over to Etsy to grab your copy and don’t forget to use the discount code BLASTOFF30.
(Discount code no longer valid)

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting the pattern to this stage and can’t wait to see what else people make with it. I’d love to hear what you think of the pattern!

You can find more planetary inspo by looking for #planetarybackpack and #incompletestitches in social media.

Stay tuned for details of the next pattern I’ve been working on. It got side tracked by the Corona Virus a bit but I’m getting there slowly but surely… Fancy a sneak peek of how it’s coming along…

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