Toddler Backpack

I finished this Toddler Backpack a couple of weeks ago. It’s made using the pattern from Made by Rae, and the fabric is Echino by Etsuko Furuya which I had bought especially for this project from The Eternal Maker at Alexandra Palace.

I sat up watching silly teen films until 4am and managed to get the whole thing finished in one night. I had already cut out most of the pieces before, and only started at around 10.30pm so it didn’t take too long in all. The binding is by no means perfect but overall I’m really pleased with it, and more importantly, so is my son. It’s usually loaded to the brim with Thomas and other engines.

I plan to line the bag according to the recent pattern add-on provided by Rae. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow – the only modification was to use fusible interfacing on all pieces. This made the straps a bit difficult to sew to the bag clasps, but I managed it after a bit of battling with all the layers.


I have plans for another one in a different colour of the same print for his cousin (a girl) – they are great friends and will look so cute in the summer with their bags!

Asanoha Purse


I’ve always loved this particular Japanese print, and when I saw this version in stefaniexu’s  Etsy shop I decided I needed to get some. I found some lovely purse frames at the Knitting and Stitch show and thought it would be worth having a go (of course, it was the day before an exam) . I used this tutorial on U-Handbag.

I think the purse could have been less wide and next time I would use heavy weight interfacing rather than fusible fleece, as the corners were difficult to push into the frame. Otherwise, I love the fabric combination and it’s a great size for coins, safety pins etc.  The teapot charm (actually a button) is from The Button Company (as is the frame).


All in all, a satisfying, quick project. The purse frame was so much easier to use than expected – I think I prefer it to battling with zips!