Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Big Girl Backpack

Where has the time gone? My sweet little girl started preschool for the first time just a few weeks ago.

So who burst into tears on the first day of school? Not Miss C. She was a little shy, but she did great! I, on the other hand, didn't fare nearly so well. Don't worry, though, I put on a bright smile while I was in the classroom. The waterworks didn't start until after I got back in the car.

I'm not going to lie to you, this has been the hardest milestone so far for me to watch my daughter reach. Letting go of that little hand and releasing her into the care of her wonderful teacher was heart-wrenching and bittersweet.

In the end, she did great. No tears at all! Twice a week she heads into the classroom with a smile. I'm so proud of my little girl.

Miss C.'s teacher told us last week at Back-to-School Night that they'd like the kids to start bringing a backpack to school to help with the armloads of artwork they bring home after school each day.

Sooooo... being the crafty mama that I am I couldn't resist making one for her. I picked up a copy of McCall's 6176 (on sale for $.99!) at JoAnn along with some pretty red bottom weight (Miss C. requested a red backpack) fabric for the main body of the backpack. The floral print is something I had in my stash.

I think my new Janome 3160 QDC gave me a boost in confidence because I'm not sure I would have ever attempted a (*gulp*) zippered backpack with my old machine.

I love how it turned out! And Miss C. loved it too. She couldn't wait to bring it to school yesterday. Success!


You can find this project linked up at:


12 comments:

  1. WOW Michelle!!! You made that?? You are so awesome!! It is darling and gorgeous and oh my goodness, you made that? I am so impressed by People With Skills! Ah yes, preschool. That one tore at my heart. The big K was peanuts after that! You hang in there!! :) Melissa

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  2. You are too sweet! Thank you for your wonderful compliments. :) This was one of those projects that, when finished, I said to myself, "I made that? No way!" I still can't believe how well it turned out!

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  3. This is fabulous!! I don't have the courage to try this kind of thing. Great job!

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  4. You've posted so many beautiful things on your blog. I know you could knock this one out! If I can do it then anybody can! ;)

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  5. That's really cute! It looks even cuter when your daughter's using it. :)

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  6. Thanks, Alli! I must say, I have to agree with you. It's so much cuter on her! :)

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  7. I have GOT to look for this pattern! I have wanted a good backpack pattern for a while and this one is so cute! You did a great job!

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  8. Thanks, Melinda! This pattern really is so easy to put together. I would definitely use it again. :)

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  9. What a cute backpack - it looks very professional. Aren't you glad you tackled that zipper?
    Thanks so much for linking up at www.sewhappygeek.co.uk and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your projects in the future!

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  10. @Sew Happy Geek: I knew I forgot to add a link to a link-up on my post. It's added now... thanks for stopping by to check out my backpack!

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  11. That backpack is incredible!!! Oh Oh Oh I want to make one... wowwy! I am totally impressed. okay, the to do list continues to grow.

    -robyn

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  12. Thanks Robyn! I'm so glad you liked it. Amazingly, it wasn't as difficult to make as it looks! :)

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