Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Swoodson Says Tour

Hey guys! I hope your autumn is off to a great start! I know ours is and it's been loaded with hikes exploring nature and collecting rocks and leaves. Swoodson Say's Little Collector Backpack is the perfect take along for our adventures!

This bag is a great size for a younger child. Thomas is five and 48" tall and it fit him perfectly.
He can easily carry his own water bottle, a snack and a hoodie on his own during our hikes.

Today though, it carried toys.

The velcro flap and drawstring closure are super simple for him to open and close on his own.

And there is a nice pocket on the inside so small treasures don't get lost in the bottom of the bag. The pattern's suggested fabric is mesh, but fabric works better for our needs. I took advantage of the use of bias tape and used a fun stripe I had on hand.

 It's also written to make the bottom of the bag in mesh, with is a GREAT idea! I know I'm not the only person to get those gross little crumbs and dirt all at the bottom of a bag. However, Thomas is HARD on things and loves to also use his bags to tote toy cars and planes to his cousin's house and mesh and little air plane wings aren't very good friends. I used a fabric bottom. I still constructed in the same way as instructed so I got to use that fun stripe bias tape along the bottom lining also.

I failed at getting a good shot of the inside bottom, but above you can see the beautiful mustard linen I used on the bottom. You can also see the adjustable straps. Great feature so you can get a good fit! You are never too young to worry about ergonomics!

Oh, I also added a decorative strip of flannel I had left over from another project. Super easy to do! I just cut it to match the length of the main piece and a height I liked, serged both raw edges and then attached with a straight stitch then constructed the bag as instructed. Which btw, nice clear directions and a relatively quick sew, too! The pattern features actual pictures for each step. It includes a pattern piece for the bottom and flap and then dimensions to cut for the other pieces.

(There is a MEN'S size large hoodie shoved in there above!)

And there you have it! My version of Swoodson Says Little Collector Backpack. You can grab the pattern to this backpack along with some other adorable softie toy patterns over at Swoodson Says. Use coupon code 'SewAllTheSofties' for 40% off all patterns, expiring Sunday 11/16 - valid both on Etsy & on

You can also enter to win all FOUR Swoodson Says patterns!!

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Be sure to check out all the great bloggers on the tour!!

Monday, November 9th: Friends Stitched Together / Sew Happily Ever After / The Crazy Tailor Tuesday, November 10th: Felt With Love Designs / Sew Not Perfect / House of Estrela Wednesday, November 11th: Lulu & Celeste / Handmade Boy / Rebel & Malice Thursday, November 12th: Rebel & Malice / create3.5 / Free Notion Friday, November 13th: Paisley Roots / The Wholesome Mama / Amazing Adventures With Bubba and Bug / Thread Riding Hood / Hugs are Fun



  1. I was just reading your capsule blog post talking about how you love details and I love YOUR details! Your sewing is so inspiring Kelly, thanks for sewing up a LCB and joining in. I just love the color combo with the prints, and the stripes. Hope it gets lots of use truck transporting :)

  2. I love this bag. I bet my son would love it to

  3. Kelly, I love that mustard linen, the stripe bias tape, and your stitching on the flap of the backpack!


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