I was inspired to make another Range Backpack by the beautiful fall colors here in Wisconsin. I had ordered some of this beautiful barkcloth-like fabric from Miss Matatabi on Etsy a few months ago and decided then that it was the perfect choice for a fall project, it just had to be! I’m always glad when a fabric speaks so clearly for a project as I think it’s so easy sometimes to get caught up in finding the perfect fabric selection. Sometimes it easier to let the fabric do the talking and this one was calling for a backpack for sure!
So even though this is a heavier weight fabric, it still had quite a big of wiggle to it. What I mean by that is that it’s a looser weave than a typical canvas. For a bag, loose and wiggly isn’t ideal unless you’re looking for a packable/collapsible bag, so this one needed a bit of extra help to make it fulfill its destiny. Sometimes it just works that way you know?
I treated this fabric as I would for quilting cotton for this backpack. So it’s layered with Pellon 809 and then a layer of canvas is basted to the wrong side. I chose not to quilt the back panel of the backpack, but simply applied the same process as the front pieces, 809 plus cotton canvas. It worked beautifully I must say!
If you haven’t had a chance to look over the Side Release Buckle video, it’s linked here and is also linked on the Range Backpack Resources & Inspiration page, too. Oh, and I almost forgot to let you know that I added zippers (an 8″ zipper is needed for the Range Backpack) to my shop.