A Range Backpack for a Birthday Gift
Hello friends! It's been a while since I've been on the blog. Quite simply put, life got in the way. I got a new job (yay!) which needs a new wardrobe, so stay tuned for posts on my me-made wardrobe planning shortly.
Throughout the midst of all of this change last month, I had to make my fiance's birthday gift. I usually give him a few months before any gift-giving occasion to decide what he wants. Ever since he saw my Caravan Tote, though, from earlier this year, he wanted a bag for himself.
After much debate regarding the pattern, we settled on the Range Backpack by Noodlehead. Let me just say - I LOVE Noodlehead's patterns. The construction techniques are so clearly outlined in the detailed instructions. Not to mention, the finished product definitely looks professionally made.
For the fabric, we went with Spoonflower's Eco Canvas. This was my first time really using Spoonflower and I love the variety - especially as I find sourcing printed canvas locally quite challenging. My fiance went with this fun, space-inspired print and a complimentary solid. I used their new Fill-A-Yard feature and got both fabrics printed on one yard. This was a great way to save as you can't simply order half a yard of a fabric, apparently.
I waxed the canvas with Otter Wax for added durability as I know my fiance is tough on bags! Here's hoping this one lasts a while, though.
The bag itself thankfully went together a lot faster than I expected so I could finish it on time! For such a fancy-looking bag, construction was quite simple. Sewing with the waxed canvas did pose some challenges, though, as I couldn't iron it like I wanted to. Instead, I had to resort to folding/pressing it by running a sturdy ruler across the fabric. I think a Hera marker would be great for this.
Overall, though, I am so pleased with how this Range Backpack turned out - and so is the recipient! It's large enough to fit all the essentials and more. The exterior pocket is very useful. The closure is also very unique and trendy. I think I would even dare to say that this is one of the top gifts I've given him!
Do you sew birthday gifts for people? What's the best one you've made?