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Fall Range Backpack

Fall Range Backpack - NoodleheadI was inspired to make another Range Backpack by the beautiful fall colors here in Wisconsin. I had ordered some of this beautiful barkcloth-like fabricΒ 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!Fall Range Backpack - Noodlehead

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?Fall Range Backpack - Noodlehead

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!

Fall Range Backpack - Noodlehead

It looks so great with this Dark Olive waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles (their shop is open again!) and one of my favorite lining fabric (in Granite) choices from Fancy Tiger Crafts.

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.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!Fall Range Backpack - Noodlehead

15 thoughts on “Fall Range Backpack

  1. Katie says:

    Wisconsin?! Where?! Me too.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      near La Crosse! πŸ™‚

      1. I saw you are doing a Range backpack workshop in Michigan next month and I was like….wait….is Anna from around here?! I might come on up & join if I don’t have my baby by then! πŸ™‚

        1. Anna Graham says:

          Yes! That would be fun! I’m in WI. πŸ™‚ haha, I’m not sure if I should hope that you don’t have the baby by then or not, I know how those last few weeks can be! πŸ™‚

  2. Susan Jonsson says:

    Wow….you’ve done it again! Just fabulous ! Just gotta make one foe myself….!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks so much Susan, and yes, you do! πŸ™‚

  3. www.latenightstitchery.com says:

    Wow! I love the fabric you used! Really lovely, Anna!

  4. S*fie says:

    This is so perfect; wow!

  5. Cynthia says:

    Love it ! I can’t wait to make my own but with all these great fabric choices it will be hard to settle on one. Thank you for bringing us your wonderful designs. There was a bag you had made for your mother a while back . . . I think I remember you had mentioned coming up with a pattern. Did that ever happen or did I miss it ?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Cynthia! πŸ™‚ Yes, I think you might be thinking of the Wool + Wax Tote? It’s in my shop. πŸ™‚

      1. Cynthia says:

        I went searching for past blog posts and discovered it and then promptly went to your shop and bought it πŸ™‚ It’s now part of my growing collection of Noodlehead patterns !

  6. Love the autumnal colours…

  7. Lisa Mecham says:

    What an awesome backpack! I’m definitely pinning this. This is so useful as a diaper bag, a book bag, or even vacation.

  8. Guylaine says:

    HI Anna! Love your bag with this fabric! I bought the pattern and ordered the hardware… have to chose the fabric now….but talking about hardware, I like the lock you used for this one, but I do prefer the look of the D-rings. So my question is which one would you recommend?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Guylaine, thank you! As far as which closure, I think it depends on what is more important to you. The side release makes it quite quick to get the bag open and closed. But if you prefer the look of the d-rings, I don’t find that it’s something that would stop me from using my backpack. You get used to opening and closing it, so if you like the look I think it’s worth the couple extra seconds it takes to do so. πŸ™‚

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