When I first started sketching ideas for the Range Backpack pattern, I had lots of ideas of what would make a great closure. Up until some of the final samples were made I had intended to include an option of using a Side Release Buckle instead of the d-ring closure. Before I get too far, I should note that I love the simple function and aesthetics of the d-rings and that’s why I stuck with them, but a Side Release Buckle is a great alternative. And who loves alternatives? Me!
I decided that it would be much easier to cover the information in a video format and I think you’ll find that it’s an easy swap. In the video I cover buckle sizes and how to adjust your closure on the Range Backpack to accommodate the Side Release Buckle.
As I mention in the video this is a great option for anyone who wants to use the Range Backpack as a diaper bag, a great option for kids, and anyone who has limited dexterity in their fingers. And of course there are even more options than the d-ring closure (that’s included in the pattern) or the side release buckle that I covered today, so feel free to customize to your hearts content. That’s what’s great about sewing, you can change anything to what suits you best! I love that!
- There are quite a few places to search for Side Release Buckles. Just make sure you’re getting the size for a 1″ strap (which is what works with the Range Backpack closure) and is approx. 2.6″ tall (in the video I share about what you can do if yours is taller/shorter). Also mine is a single adjuster and flat. They come in double adjusters and curved (for dog collars and such), but for my example I use a side release buckle with a single adjuster that is flat.
- I bought the one I used in the video from SewingSupplies on etsy (the one I used is style A) but you can also check out your local shop, or big box craft store or even amazon.
- If anyone is interested I might try to add these to my shop, just let me know in the comments.
- Or let me know if you have any questions, too!
I’ll add this link in the Range Backpack resources page so it can be easy for you to find when you need it. 🙂
p.s. I’ll be doing a separate blog post on this particular Range Backpack with all the info on the fabrics, etc.
Okay, I’m just going to link to the Dana knits right here, go ahead and mark down your favorite colors and then stop back here. Yep, go on, I’ll be here when you get back.
So if you’re not sure, I think these are some of my favorite knits ever. The colors, the softness, the fabric blend. It’s pretty close to heaven in my opinion. I bought these in the spring and then sadly let them sit in a pile until I washed them sometime at the beginning of the summer. Yet again, they sat (it’s a good thing fabric is patient). A couple of weeks ago we had a major kind of heat wave going on and I pretty much trapped myself inside and forced myself to sew at least a couple of projects with them for me and my kids!
I chose to sew up the Plantain Tee for myself. It was a pretty lazy choice for me. I have already sewn it into a striped top and a dress, so I have all the pattern pieces all set. By the way, that dress, is pretty much my favorite all-time most-worn clothing item. If you’ve seen me at a wedding or place that you have to dress up a bit, I’m most likely wearing it. It’s the highest in comfort and I love the way it looks with a belt! So the Plantain is a great staple in my opinion. It’s free, which seems kind of crazy, but for me I really like the fit.
I almost always raise the neckline of any top, no matter what. It’s just one of those comfort things for me. If a top is too low, I just won’t wear it. Other than that, it’s a straight forward and easy sew. I think I’ll be tracing out a larger size next time I make one, to see if how it works as a looser fitting tee. I think this particular fit on me is perfect for layering under a cardigan or lightweight coat (or great as a pretty dress on its own). So there you have it.
Pattern: Plantain Tee by Deer & Doe
Fabric: Dana Knit by Robert Kaufman (purchased from Hawthorne Threads) in Charcoal
It’s been so amazing to sit down and feel the motivation to sew something fun. It’s not that I haven’t been sewing, but I haven’t sewn things just because. I had kind of lost that time to other things recently. It was very freeing feeling to take time for the few days to sew some clothes for me and my daughters.
It’s always easier for me to get started on knits when I have a few projects in mind rather than just one. I keep my serger stored in a little cubby and although it’s easier than digging it out of a closet it seems like simple things like that keep me from actually starting. Sad but true. The other big one is having fabric pre-washed. I used to always wash everything. Now, I don’t. But I do keep my pile of garment fabrics at the ready, but have gotten out of the habit of washing those as well. So I pulled out a bunch and got them washed and mostly pressed. If I could have someone press my big pre-washed cuts of fabric I so would. Once I get into it, the process is sort of meditative, but if I’m in a hurry it stresses me out!
So these Morrison Tees, pattern by Hey June, were part of my day of sewing. My girls both need a few things to wear, which is nice, and I’m in the same boat. I really love sewing up something they love wearing. It’s the best reward. These Morrison Tees are so cozy and I love the style! I made Natalie one a few months ago and have been waiting to make more. Plus they’re relatively simple and super fun to make! I’d say that each one (I made three) took maybe a little over an hour to make from cutting to sewing. That right there is why I love to sew. Something super functional in not a lot of time. For me, having short projects to make is the best way to get motivated to sew more things!
A couple takeaways for anyone looking to get more motivation:
- combine efforts by sewing similar projects at the same time
- have your garment fabrics pre-washed and pressed – grab and go!
- start with a simple project, one that doesn’t take long to sew
Pattern: Morrison Tee by Hey June (if you have girls age 6-16 check out all her juniors patterns) both tees are lengthened by about 2″
Fabrics: Wispy Daybreak by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics and Dana Cotton/Modal Knit (in Soft Peach) by Robert Kaufman (I bought a few cuts from Hawthorne Threads this spring) I’ll talk more about this fabric in my next post! (pssst! I loooove it)