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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

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

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