Children Beach Backpack Pattern

This year, Mafalda’s school toke the kids to the beach as they always do but, as they are already grown-ups, they were allowed to take some beach toys, as long as they could be carried in their backpacks, along with the towel, sun cream and a snack.

Of course this was the perfect excuse for making another backpack! This time in terry cloth, because it is great for storing toys filled with sand and still wet, and is easily washable. Moreover is very soft to the touch.

I used some terry cloth leftovers I had from previous projects and as I didn’t had a piece big enough I made a striped backpack. Probably I you would Have done it even if I had enough of one color!

And I made it big because the beach toys occupy too much space, although they are light, and so she can pull them out and put them back in without any help. And the truth is she loves the backpack!

It also has two pockets, one outside and one inside and close in a simple manner with a round closing in a cotton cord.

And the best part is that it didn’t took more than two hours to make!

This is such a simple and usefull project that I decided to make a tutorial for your!

It’s easy, quick to make, original and very satisfying. In this tutorial I’ll find all the steps needed to get to this backpack done! It has 10 pages in a pdf file that you can donwload for your purpose.

Now it’s time to get to work e make this backpack appear for the happiness of your kids!

And of course, fill it with toys and take it to the nearest beach!

Now get to work!

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Burda Style Dress Pattern 06/2012 #3 (PT)

Variations in Blue. Sizes 98cm and 110cm.

The dress is made with the same linen fabric is an unusual blue color. I used an Amy Buttler print fabric to go with it and I have it on my stash for a while but I used it in another project before.

In this one I used a normal flower print and because this is one of the biggest dresses, I’ve made the dress bar bigger that the other ones.

It was quite of a big challenge sew 7 dressed at once! I decided to make them at the same time and cutted all the pattern pieces for the 7 dresses. Then I would make the same pattern step in all the 7 and moved to another step only when the previous 7 were done. I think it spare me some time doing this way rather than if I had done one at the time. But I could get bored with it and ended up having pieces cutted for 7 dresses and only one or two sewed and done!

What about you? What work the best for you? Making each one at a time or organizing things so tou can make several at the sime time? Share with me in the comment box.

Burda Style Dress Pattern 06/2012 #2 (PT)

This green linen has a lovely color but it is impossible to photograph! With plenty of light the color always seems washed out, with little light loses it’s brightness and I could not find the right light to bring you the real color of this linen. I made three dresses in different sizes: 110cm, 98cm, 86cm.

It’s good to see that these equal dresses are for my girls! I’m not the kind of mother that dresses the kids with equal outfits, seriously, and I had promised myself I would never made my daughters look the same. And if it depended only on me I assure you that this would never happen, because I remember having clothes equal to my sisters and I hated the feeling of lack of me, as if the equality of the all would annuls the individuality of the parties, but should not have four years by then! The truth is that whenever I buy anything for Teresa, Mafalda asks me why I did not buy the same for her, and when she helped me to choose the fabrics she wanted me to make her dresses the same as her sisters. After negociating I’ve decided to make just one equal dress for them. And here it is! The floral pattern was her choice!

For this one I’ve used a print that I used in my first baby quilt and this dress is for a little girl that once upon a time was the baby for whom I made the quilt!

Burda Style Dress Pattern 06/2012 #1 (PT)

The first two of the seven dresses I made. The fabric is a very old Linen, so old that survived in time to reach me, it belonged to my husband great grandparents and was one of the many fabrics they sold in their fabric store in Arraiolos (Alentejo, South Portugal). It passed through three generations to reach them and that, by itself, is enough to make this dresses so special.

The tone of pink is characteristic of that time and different from what we now see, it’s not a light pink or a pale baby pink. It’s a mixture of peach and pink, but it is beautiful. It’s lightweight but simultaneously has enought weight to keep it straight.

The pattern I used is from Portuguese Burda June Edition and I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. I still think that Burda patterns are more complicated then they needed to be, and therefore, I ended up not doing things as they were indicated in the pattern isntructions. In addition, the pattern size began in 104cm and I needed an 86cm and a 98cm pattern, as well as a 104cm and a 110cm, so I had to change the pattern to make it fit the smaller sizes. It didn’t turn out great as I made several mistakes tracing the pattern on paper, but they were all fixed an the fabric as I was sewing the parts.

The fabrics I used for the neckline and the bar came from the United States in the same parcel and were already waiting to be used for at least two years, but it seems they were made ​​for this purpose.

My pattern overall impression is that this is an easy to make pattern but, if I was writing it, I would change some steps that are completely unnecessary. I do not know if they are there because that’s the “right” way of doing things or just because someone turn on the complicating machine, but my dresses are made ​​with less effort and I think the best finishes.
And you? With that patterns do you usually work or wich ones do you prefer? Share your experiences in the comment box.

After a Project…

It’s been a tough road to cross but I’m getting used to it. It is not easy to manage time for sewing projects with two young daughters, a house and a husband. That must be why I’ve been very reluctant to the idea of getting a pet!

My little studio is also prepared for my kids, and often while I sew, they play there. Mafalda asks me scraps of fabric and wool and she plays with it, cutting and glue them as she plays to make believe I’m the teacher. Sometimes she asks me to play with a piece of fabric and wraps in it and pretendes she is wearing a witch, a princesses, and sometimes even a brides dress. Teresa likes the five shelves of books that she carefully transfers to the floor, book by book, until no more books on the shelves, or else she grabs the thread spools and put them all on the floor until there is a total mess of threads and books! When she gets bored she cames to sits in my lap and sews with me.

The good thig is that we can involve all three in a game in which all participate and in between my sewing gets done. Reminds me of the days when I was a child and the adult sitting at the machine was my grandmother.

Well, I’m trying to say that i manage do make, in a record time, 7! They are ready e done and awaiting for the time they will be offered. Wanna know what I’ve done? I’ll tell you next post!

And you? How do you manage your time so that you can work on your projects?