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!


I bought a bag of Japanese fabric scraps last year, and recently made this little pincushion from Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts.

 It’s a wonderful way of using up teeny tiny scraps which seem too small for anything useful. I love the colour combination here, lots of cheery pink and purple. And those animals really pop with the contrast. The reel in the background is from Beyond Fabrics  on Columbia Road.

I’m also cutting lots of my long-squirrelled-away fabrics for another quilt. This will be a long term project (probably a few months) but I am enjoying the cutting in preparation.

Plane kidlet

I made this little kidlet tote using the tutorial from JCasa Handmade. It is a great project for a beginner, or maybe someone that wants to get into bag making but is intimidated by a bigger project. It is essentially, a tote bag with only one handle, so can basically be adapted into a normal bag too. They look really cute with patchwork pockets too, but I had this japanese linen blend lying around so decided to use that.

It’s sweet isn’t it? And I also had some (read: tons) of gorgeous linen and cotton blend fabric from Namolio which matched perfectly. It wasn’t intentional, but I like how the printed red stripes match up on the bag bottom really well.  There’s also a stripe just at the top of the bag too.

The red lining is a thick suedette upholstery fabric, a remnant I found in the Designers’ Guild showroom. I used it for the baby shoes I made a while ago too.