Oct 2, 2011

Little Things To Sew Along - Penguin Backpack

I got myself a copy Little Things to Sew by Liesl Gibson
I loved it. So many amazing projects. So beautifully photographed, which always wins me over.

My first project from the book was actually the Tutu, but it was the Penguin backpack that was the clincher for me. I had been looking for a backpack pattern for ages and this one looked perfect.

I made the penguin backpack several months ago, for my cousin's little boy for his 2nd birthday. He loved it. It was a great size for him.

This book was actually the first time I had made something from Oliver + S patterns. I since have fallen in love with so many patterns in the range.
The instructions were very thorough. The zip insertion - wow. I would have to say that its the best zip I have ever inserted. I was quietly very proud of myself.

I used a black duckcloth for the body and straps. It was easy to work with, so very soft. Unfortunately not a lot of structure though. I wanted the bag to have some stand up ability. So I actually inserted a piece of rigid plastic in the bottom. I used plastic from the "green" shopping bags. It worked really well because it was rigid but a bit bendy too.

There was lots of great tips and advice to give such a professional finish. Love those webbed feet.

It was here I first fell in love with spots.

I would highly recommend this book. I am really keen to try the messenger bag as well.

Thanks for the sew along Jessica.


  1. Very cute backpack! I like the spots that you used for the lining.

  2. Very, very cute! I like the lining too.

  3. I love the contrast on the inside, looks great!

  4. too cute Bernie!your so clever i have a thing for penguins!

  5. Your little feet are so perfect. I didn't topstitch mine, and now I wish I would have. :)

  6. I love those polka dot fabrics, great job!

  7. So cute! Love the polka dots and great tip about the plastic at the bottom!