June 24, 2011

The Hobo Backpack {Kids Travel Bag}

Some of our dear friends are moving (temporarily) to Australia! We had a dinner to say goodbye and planned to give a little travel bag to them for their daughter. An Airplane Survival Kit for their 16+ hour flight!

As we discussed what to throw in (Color Wonder Markers, Dry Erase Crayons, little toys, and some lollipops and snacks) I realized I should make a little travel bag for their daughter.

I really liked the idea of a hobo bag. Easy and cute, but I wanted her to be able to actually carry the bag without too much difficulty. I found a tutorial for a Drawstring Knapsack. Guess what? I was going to link to it for you and I CAN'T FIND the same tutorial, or anything similar. If you know of one, please link in the comments.

I present to you the HOBO Backpack:

Hobo Backpack Front

I pulled out a few cute fabrics to use, but when I was about to cut them out I remembered I still had extra fabric that I used on her Mom's diaper bag:

The Maggie Bag

Sandi Henderson's fabric is just so beautiful, wouldn't you agree? Anyhow, I used some blue IKEA fabric (a cushion cover to be exact) that was nice and durable that somehow coordinated perfectly with the other fabrics. 

Hobo Backpack Side

The Straps are just made from a full width cut of the fabric ironed and stitched as Bias Tape.

Hobo Backpack Back

On the bottom I did miter corners (common on a tote bag). This was to help stabilize the bag when it's sitting.

Hobo Backpack Bottom

For the detail I just added the striped fabric to about 1/4 of the length on the bottom. I used Wonder Under to adhere an octagon from the other fabric then stitched around it.

Hobo Backpack Detail

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