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Quilting Tips for the Range Backpack + Video

Quilting Tips Range Backpack - Noodlehead

Quilting Tips Range Backpack - NoodleheadI’m excited to share a quick video I made about quilting the back panel of the Range Backpack pattern. Just to hopefully make things super clear, I suggest this option only for when you choose to use quilting cotton for the exterior fabric requirement. Got it? Great! In the pattern I suggest a few options for the exterior fabric choice: waxed canvas, canvas, or quilting cotton. So if you’re going the quilting cotton route there are a few additional steps that you’ll need to take, and quilting the back panel is one of them.Quilting Tips Range Backpack - Noodlehead

If you’ve never quilted before, this is a great time to give it a try! A small project like the back panel of a backpack is a great place to learn while also being manageable to get through your machine. There are a few items that I mention in the video so go grab them at your local quilt shop (and because I can’t link to everyone’s local shop, I’ve linked to a few online sources here as well).

Click here to watch the video!

It’s just about ten minutes long and make hope is that it’ll be easy to understand and help you feel confident when making your own Range Backpack! I’m trying to make an effort to get better at video, so I’m working on it! My hope is that it’ll still be worth viewing even though I’m so not an expert at video and editing.

Your backpack is about to get fancy!

Pattern: Range Backpack, hardware kits available
Fabrics: Cotton + Steel Double Dots Dark Grey, Waxed Canvas for Contrast Bottom (black) from AL Frances Textiles, Lining is Robert Kaufman Canyon Colored Denim in black (6 oz. weight)

Quilting Tips Range Backpack - Noodlehead

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Range Backpack Testers

Range Backpack Testers - Noodlehead

Above: My friend Holly made this version using Leah Duncan’s canvas collection for Cloud9 Fabrics called Lines and Shapes, black canvas is Robert Kaufman Outback canvas. Both available from her shop: bijoulovely.com

Thanks so much for your support of my new pattern, the Range Backpack. It’s always so much fun to finally share something that I’ve been working on for so long. Today, I’m excited to share some of the Range Backpacks that my testers made!

Range Backpack Testers - Noodlehead

I’m super lucky and grateful that I’ve been able to get together with my friends each summer to sew and chat and eat all the snacks. This year it sort of timed out perfectly to ask if anyone was interested in test sewing the backpack. To my surprise everyone agreed to sew one up! I seriously was floored. I’ve found through trial and error that sewing through a pattern with people in person is really such an amazing experience. I always learn something new or notice something I could improve upon. It’s little things that I pick up on in person that really can’t be matched anywhere else.Range Backpack Testers - Noodlehead Range Backpack Testers - Noodlehead

So I got to hang out and cut fabric and interfacing and witness my friends sewing up their very own backpacks. It was really a treat! And they were gracious enough to let me snap a few pics when we were all done. I can’t thank them enough!

A few weeks after my sewing retreat with my friends, I got together with a group of lovely women at my local quilt shop, Olive Juice Quilts, to do an in-person testing of the backpack. I’m very grateful for their time and was so excited to see all the finished backpacks. Some of the ladies were kind enough to send me a few pics to share here.

Range Backpack Testers - Noodlehead

Above: Carol made this lovely backpack with this beautiful floral canvas, she added a pop of lime green with the lining. So pretty!

Range Backpack Testers - Noodlehead

Above: Elaine made this gorgeous tropical backpack using outdoor fabrics! It looks so great!

Range Backpack Testers - Noodlehead

Above: Colleen made this lovely version using this lovely canvas print and coordinating black canvas. The lining she used Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous.

I hope these bring you some additional inspiration! I think after seeing these that there really isn’t a wrong way to go with fabric choices, it really looks great in all fabrics!

Range Backpack Testers - Noodlehead

Above: Sharon whipped up this gorgeous batik backpack. She interfaced the contrast bottom with foam because she chose to use the lighter weight batik fabric. So pretty!

Also, a reminder that I have hardware kits available as well, they’ve been going fast!

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New Pattern! The Range Backpack

Range Backpack - Noodlehead

I’m beyond thrilled to have my newest pattern, the Range Backpack, available today! This backpack has been so fun to make and plan and add details to. This is my first backpack design and I’m so excited. I’ve worked really hard on the design elements of this backpack so it can function the best it possibly can while still able to look great and be fun to sew.

Range Backpack - Noodlehead

It’s felt especially busy (oh summer, what can I say?) behind the scenes doing pattern writing, test sewing, and group test sewing. It’s been so much fun though, and has been super hard to keep secret!

Range Backpack - NoodleheadI think you’re going to love this backpack! It’s so nice to be hands free while running errands, it’s perfect for biking (I’ve test ridden with mine many times), and my girls are already asking for one of their own. I really am excited to take mine on our family vacation, too! Here’s a few key features of the Range Backpack:

  • foldover top with closure
  • front exterior zippered pocket
  • adjustable straps
  • interior slip pocket
  • hang loop

Range Backpack - Noodlehead

Range Backpack - Noodlehead

I’ve incorporated options for using several different fabric types. I prefer waxed canvas or cotton canvas (prints or solids), but cork looks amazing and I’ve added a lot of notes about using quilting cotton for the exterior fabric requirement. I know it’s fun to be able to pull right from your stash and get sewing, so I think you’ll love having these options.

Range Backpack - Noodlehead

Range Backpack - Noodlehead

Also, something new I’m trying is having a dedicated page on my website to just the Range Backpack pattern. It’s going to be a great resource for inspiration, fabrics, hardware, and more. I always love being able to share creative changes to my patterns, so it’ll be a great place to share in a different way that I can traditionally in a pattern. It’s a living breathing page that I can add more information to and have it be a great resource for makers.Range Backpack - Noodlehead

Range Backpack - Noodlehead

Lastly, I have hardware kits available in Antique Brass and Nickel that include a piece of leather for the hang loop which I think is a really nice design element. Pick one up if you don’t have the hardware on hand already.Range Backpack - Noodlehead

So please stop by my shop to pick up your copy of the Range Backpack pattern if it’s something that speaks to you. I’ve really enjoyed designing it and using mine. Have a great week!

A huge thank you to my cousin’s beautiful daughters for modeling! Range Backpack - Noodlehead