Projects & Recipes
We had a backpack emergency happen tonight with the deranged fairy. So, I pulled out an old pair of black jeans to make some magic happen.
*Disclaimer: No fairy dust was used or abused in the making of this new backpack.
Since we live about 80 miles round trip to a store that even has a backpack, something had to be done before school tomorrow. Toss in the fact that the deranged fairy goes to bed early this only left me an hour to whip something up for her. I am not a pattern person to begin with. Patterns and I just don not get along. My old high school Home Economics teacher would cringe if she heard that.
I pulled out a pair of old jeans, cut off both legs under the butt area. This whole projects was worked inside out. Cut the inner seam away and then ran a new seam down the side after laying both legs wrong side together. I then cut away a 8 inch wide strip from the ankle to the top. I took that piece and folded it in half length wise and cut it in half. Next I pulled out some pink ribbon and used it as trim, instead of folding the edges to make a trim seam. If I had done that I fear the straps would have been too thin for her. But, I ended up with two nice straps and she was thrilled with the pink trim. Remember she is 6 and pretty easy to please.
Next I took the rest of the new wide leg I had sewn and folded it in half length wise and sewed the 2 raw edges together from ankle up. I left the top foot (12 inches) open without the second seam. I went back to the left over butt of the jeans and cut the whole behind off. this turned into the bottom of the backpack. Next one of the flaps at the top I folded down, making it a 6 inch fold down and sewed it. Back to what was left of the top of the pants I cut a rectangle in the fabric around the button to the jeans. I then sewed that on the front of the 6 inch fold down. Trust me there is no button in this house that could survive the deranged fairy and since this is the 2nd backpack with a zipper blowout in a month … a zipper was not what I needed. Next I took more ribbon and folded it in half. Pinned it around both flaps and ran a quick stitch around it. We now have a backpack fully trimmed in pink, with a button. Tossed on a fast button-hole and had her test it to make sure she could button the pack closed. Success! Next was to attach the 2 straps and make sure they would not come off in a nuclear war. Once again gave it to her to try on and she started to giggle. The giggleing lead to more attention from the other girls eyeballing the new backpack. I could SEE and SMELL smoke coming from them as I watched their brains turning. Last step was to hand it off to her with fabric glitter glue and then she really started laughing. She had to wait until tomorrow evening before she can add her name. She wants it added on the fold down flap with the button-hole and she decorated the back of her pack tonight. It turned out cute, the perfect size for her and she was with me every crazy, made up step of the way. Most of all she is beyond thrilled with her new backpack. The down side to all this is, all the other girls watched me make it and now they want their own personalized backpacks for next school year. What the hell have I done? The gas cost to make the 80 mile trip might have been worth it when we are talking about my sanity being on the line.