My amazing little miracle of a nephew has been struggling with serious medical issues since the day he was born. He is only 4 years old and has a feeding tube button on the left side of his belly. He uses a modified backpack to hold his feeding bag. My sister had to alter a regular backpack and is in need of a replacement. Since I am still a beginner at sewing, I found this toddler backpack sewing project by Amber at CrazyLittleProjects. It is a good size and I need it to be as lightweight and comfortable as possible.
This is his currently modified bag:
Here are some more examples of what they typically look like on the inside:
So here’s my first shot at sewing a test version of the backpack. I followed along with this tutorial and found it to be SUPER easy! The final dimensions are perfect…13″x11″x3″!
Now that I have an idea of what the backpack will look like, I’ve ordered the fabric for the actual bag. He is a huge Disney Pixar Cars fan so I found this awesome pattern sold by the yard on Etsy. (Here he is at his first movie ever! Too cute!) I’d like to make the lining a dark goldish yellow but not 100% sure yet. A patterned lining really looks nice too.
To make the the backpack more durable and to protect it from spills, I’m going to TRY to use an iron-on clear glossy vinyl that claims it is flexible and machine sew-able. It may eliminate the need for the interfacing I used on the test version.
I am also thinking of using a nylon webbing for the straps.
Stay tuned to see how the final version turns out!