I recently got an order from a customer to make backpacks for two young nephews. She told me that one of them liked soccer and cameras and the other liked things "that go". She left the fabric selection up to me.
Soccer, that's easy. I wanted to keep the fabric dark on the outside so it wouldn't show the dirt young boys can seem to carry home with them.
There were many fabrics to choose from for things "that go". I chose the race cars.
Even the backpacks have to have some shades of bold! I used the same bright orange inside each one of them.
I chose to use the Amy Backpack pattern by Christine of Chris W Designs. I love her patterns. This pattern is designed for a younger child so I knew it would be perfect. This pattern, like all of Christine's patterns are well written, loaded with photos and are fun to sew. You can get this pattern here.
I did make a couple of changes. This pattern did not have adjustable straps and since I don't know what these boys look like, I knew these bags would have to have them.
Also, because the car fabric was a directional fabric, I had to add a seam at the bottom of the gusset so that the cars would be right side up on both sides of the bag.
I delivered the bags over the weekend and the customer loved them. I hope that the boys feel the same way.