Category: 2017

Convertible Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 11: The Reveal

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

I am SO EXCITED to show you how this beautiful bag comes together. In this episode we are crafting the d-ring flap closure which will complete our Collaborative Patchwork Backpack.

For this portion of the project you will need two pieces of quilt weight cotton which measure 12″ x 10″, one piece of quilt weight cotton which measures 12″ x 6″ and another piece which measures 8″ x 6″, plus two 1.5″ d-rings and one cut of quilt batting which measures 12″ x 10″.

I am so grateful for this time we got to spend together collaborating on the design of this bag and want you to know I am so thrilled with how it turned out and am certainly going to cherish it! Thank you so much for your contributions and a special thank you to our friend Jo, on the other side of the world, who has been sewing right along with me! (Jo your bag is gorgeous and I am certain your sister is going to be over the moon with her birthday gift!)

I will be back soon with a fresh series centered around home decor and slipcovers which I hope you will also enjoy.

Until we meet again…

The creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

 

Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 10: Strap Happy

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to craft the removable, adjustable, convertible straps for our collaborative patchwork backpack.

For this portion of the project you will need a half yard of cotton fabric and a quarter yard of quilt batting. Plus six 1.5″ o-rings, two 1.5″ tri-glides and four 1.5″ swivel fobs.

In the next episode we will be crafting and attaching our flap closure. Please comment below if you would like the flap to have a snap closure, tie closure, d-ring closure or a snap/hook closure.

Until we meet again…

The creative genius in me, salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 9: It’s what’s on the inside that counts!

Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire
Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In this episode we are completing the interior of our patchwork backpack with the addition of a three way divided slip pocket. For this portion of the project you will need two 18″ x 18″ squares of quilt weight cotton fabric and three 7″ x 18″ rectangles of quilt weight cotton fabric.

In the next episode, which I will record on Monday we will be fashioning our removable, convertible and adjustable backpack straps.

Until we meet again…

The creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

Custom interior pockets

Episode 8: A custom fit

Custom interior pockets
Custom interior pockets by Sewspire.com

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Our creative community has opted to include a padded laptop sleeve, small zippered pocket, 3-way divided slip pocket and a swivel key fob into the interior design of this fabulous bag.

In today’s episode we are crafting the interior rear pocket panel of our collaborative patchwork backpack which includes the padded laptop sleeve, small zippered pocket and swivel key fob.

For this portion of the project you will need one 18” x 18” quilt weight cotton square, two 11” x 18” quilt weight cotton rectangles, one 5.5” x 7” quilt weight cotton rectangle, one 9” x 4” quilt weight cotton rectangle, two 9” x 6” quilt weight cotton rectangles, a 6” or 7” YKK zipper and a 1.5” swivel key fob.

In tomorrow’s video we will craft the front interior panel with the 3-way divided slip pocket and likely finish assembling the interior.

Until then, the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

 

Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 7: It’s a beautiful bag!

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In today’s episode we are crafting the drawstring ties and completing the exterior of our patchwork backpack. For this portion of the project you will need two pieces of quilt weight cotton fabric which measure 3” x 20” and a quilted base panel which you will craft (just like the side panels) from ten of the 4” squares we precut in the first episode.

In tomorrow’s video we will begin to fashion the interior of the backpack. Please comment below and let me know if you would like to see how to incorporate:

1. a padded pocket for an iPad or Laptop
2. a three way divided slip pocket
3. a two way divided elasticized pocket
4. a small pocket for the phone
5. no pockets

Until then, the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

Drawstring Backpack Closure by Sewspire

Episode 6: It’s a cinch!

Drawstring Backpack Closure by Sewspire
Drawstring Backpack Closure by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In today’s episode we are truing up our front and side panels by adding a drawstring gusset to the top of the trifold panel so that it will be the same height as the rear panel with the zipper pocket.

To do this, you will need two pieces of cotton fabric which measure 9″ x 16.5″

In tomorrow’s video we will be crafting and installing the drawstring pull and assembling the exterior.

Until we meet again…the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

 

Collaborative Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 5: On the sunny side

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In this episode we are creating elasticized side pockets and attaching the side panels to our front panel.

For this portion of the project you will need to create two more quilted panels from the 4″ squares. Each panel is two squares wide and five squares high, for a total of ten squares per panel. Your finished panels should measure approximately 7.0″-7.5″ x 17″-18″ . The elasticized pockets will be fashioned from two pieces of quilt weight cotton fabric which measure 12″ wide by 20″ tall. I used a 7″ piece of 1/4″ elastic for each pocket.

In the next episode, which I will record tomorrow, we will true up the 3 way panel we created in this episode by adding a top drawstring gusset.

I am thrilled with how this bag is coming together and hope you are enjoying the project! Please follow Sewspire on Instagram and Facebook for additional project updates.

Until next time, the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

Quilted Front Pockets by Sewspire

Episode 4: Blessings and Expectations

Quilted Front Pockets by Sewspire
Quilted Front Pockets by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In this episode we are integrating the exterior front pocket panel to create our 2 way divided pocket. The pocket panel is crafted from three rows of five 4″ squares and lined with a like size piece of cotton fabric which measures approximately 11″ tall by 18″ wide.

In the next video, which I will record Monday, we will be crafting the side panels and side pockets that you requested. If time permits, we might also begin assembling the exterior as well.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend and until next time…the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

Hidden Zipper Pocket by Sewspire

Episode 3: Zip-A-Dee-Do-Da

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today we are incorporating the hidden zipper pocket into the exterior of our collaborative patchwork backpack design. Yesterday we assembled the front and rear patchwork panels and finished those with a nice diamond top quilt pattern.

You will need 1 of those finished quilted panels, a 6″ x 18″ wide piece of quilted fabric and one 18″ YKK Longpull zipper to complete this portion of the project.

Tomorrow we will be incorporating the two-way divided pockets you have requested.

Until then, please know the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

 

Patchwork Backpack Design by Sewspire.com

Episode 2: Pick Your Pockets

Patchwork Backpack Design by Sewspire.com
Patchwork Backpack Design by Sewspire.com

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today we will begin piecing together our patchwork backpack. To begin, I have cut out 70 four inch squares from assorted cotton quilting fabrics. The front and rear panels are each crafted from 25 squares or five rows of five. Our focus in this video is to create the front and rear panels. In addition, we are also voting on the exterior pocket type and placement. Would you like to see

1. two side load pockets for water bottles
2. a full length front pocket with snap closure
3. a two way divided front pocket
4. a hidden rear zipper pocket
5. a combination of all of these pockets

Simply comment to contribute to the design and I will incorporate the most requested pockets into our collaborative design.

Until tomorrow, please know, the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea