Dino backpacks, a tie and a headband!

Today is my turn to host TGIFF (Thank Godness Its Finished Friday!) and I have another bag project for my turn this month. I am crushing on these fun little bags that are really so fast!

What is this all about???  Well here’s a squirrel that visited my studio…yup they are sneaking in – thank you Sandra, Wendy, Rose and Paintbrush Studio Fabrics. I love projects for kids and when I saw this line of gorgeous fabric for a Get Sewcial project I had to try. I submitted a proposal and choose 3 patterns they had featured:
The Dino BackPack
The Tie
The Headband

First up are two adorable dinosaur backpacks. I couldn’t resist that some child would just love these and so I made two – one in lavendar and one in blue. The fabric numbers for the Paintbrush Fabric are: 120-20271 (blue dinos), 120-20312 (green clouds), 120-20273 (purple dinos) and 120-20313 (peach clouds). The pattern from Sewing 4 Free was terrific. I only did one or two things different. I did not line the bag and might if it was going to be every day. Because I didn’t line it, I used french seams (you sew wrongs sides together first than right sides together) in order to protect the seams. If I had a serger, I may have used that. I also had to piece my fabric – it is directional!

Aren’t these fabrics just wonderful. I could so see a kid loving leaving the house with a backpack and matching accessory for a little event – a birthday party or church or something fun!

To accompany them, I made two accessories so when the bag had to be away, the dinosaurs could still be with the little one in a tie or headband! You see, my son always carried a pack. It had his life saving epi pen/inhaler and benadryl but a fun pack made it all the better. He had a sheep back pack that we got in England. I know some little one would love these as much as he did! Both these patterns were simple and I am kinding of crushing the headband – there is a pattern for an adult version – and you may see some in my future. I did use a tube turner* on both these projects; it is a life saver.

Thank you to the pattern providers and most especially to Paint Brush Studios for providing the fabric for these fun projects. Also, I am counting this for a DrEAMi project and linking up with the chief Squirrel – Sandra! I am hosting TGIFF and can’t wait to see what you have to share. The linky party is below.

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  1. September 27, 2019 / 7:17 AM

    These are adorable, Kathleen! I love that you made the headband and tie to go with the backpacks, too :) Thanks for hosting this week.

    • kathleenquilts
      September 27, 2019 / 8:58 AM

      I thought it would be fun to have a little something extra togo with those backpacks!

  2. September 27, 2019 / 9:46 AM

    Absolutely adorable Kathleen!! Ah squirrels are just SUCH fun right?! I need to look into Paintbrush Sewcial thing – yours is the second lovely project with their lovely fabrics (yup; I’ve used them a few times; their solids are to die for). the headband and tie – I can’t!! Thank you for hosting TGIFF! I’ll see you tomorrow at the squirrel par-tay! ;-)

  3. September 27, 2019 / 10:21 AM

    Good morning! I was just wondering who was hosting the party today and here’s your post! Incredible timing – it’s everything isn’t it?! I just LOVE everything about this post. The fabrics, the extra fun tie and headband, and the whole using a cute bag makes it all the better. YES, it does. That squirrel almost made its way into my house but I locked the door last weekend and he couldn’t find the key. I just KNOW I’m going to have to make one or three of these. This will be purrrrrfect for Sandra’s party tomorrow, too. I know, squirrels don’t purr but I couldn’t resist. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      September 27, 2019 / 6:42 PM

      Glad you kept the squirrel out! These are so much fun and great presents for those 2 sweeties in your blog. I think the kinds of squirrels that visit us purr.

  4. September 27, 2019 / 11:06 AM

    What fun!! I can see my teenager wearing the dino tie!!

    • kathleenquilts
      September 27, 2019 / 6:41 PM

      This tie is velcro-ed! I can see all kinds of people wearing these.

  5. Rebecca Grace
    September 27, 2019 / 11:06 AM

    Those dinosaur bags are adorable! The cord/strings in the deep, dusty lilac shade looks so professional and “boutique.”

    • kathleenquilts
      September 27, 2019 / 6:40 PM

      Thanks, I do think they were just so perfect.

  6. Laura
    September 27, 2019 / 4:55 PM

    Those backpacks are so fun!!

    • kathleenquilts
      September 27, 2019 / 6:40 PM

      They are a cinch to make

  7. September 28, 2019 / 10:33 AM

    Hi again! DANG it. This has been in the back of my mind all day yesterday and last night – in the middle of the night, no less – I decided I have to make one of these for my boss. She is a bicyclist and I have some cute fabrics with bikes on it. She has been biking to the different schools when the weather allows it and her birthday is coming up. I knew this squirrel was going to get me . . . in spite of the locked doors with bolts on. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      September 28, 2019 / 11:01 AM

      Too funny! You need better locks!

  8. thedarlingdogwood
    September 29, 2019 / 8:18 AM

    So stinking cute! I love the spikes! The headband looks great; i may need to take a go at one in an adult size.

    • kathleenquilts
      September 29, 2019 / 8:19 AM

      I feel the same way…bought elastic for mine yesterday!

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