tiny rucksack

I finally made my way through a Raspberry Rucksack, I’m making the mini & omitting the backpack straps :) I picked fabrics & notions I didn’t mind messing up on, I thought I was going to regret using that linen, because it was fraying like mad, but I absolutely love it paired up with that shell pink. 💕

The pop up pocket is both tragic and magical, a few things..

a) It’s fully lined and totally satisfying to not know what you’re doing, but just follow the directions word for word and in the end, poof, lined pocket. I didn’t appreciate that satisfaction until it was finished, during construction I was losing my mind.

b) I cannot get iron on interfacing to be my friend, always with the fricken creases and wrinkles.

c) Take it SLOW when sewing this beast down, it’s purely attached using top stitching and when you try to do it in one swooop (starting at one corner and sewing your way around), it can quickly migrate and drift out of place. The trick I learned after having to rip it off several times and start over, was to just sew down the top (visually this is the place where you’ll really noticed if it’s crooked, so take your time), then sew down the bottom, then one side, then the other, catching the rounded corners as you sew each side mushing them into place as you go.

d) Using a friXion pen to mark cut/sew lines is just too cool, a quick press with a hot iron and it disappears!

e) Not sure why I LOVE in process project shots, they just make me so happy! 💕

Honestly after the pocket, and several times telling myself to chill the f out, it was a total breeze. 💕

Warm afternoon in the studio, the mood, kiki. 💕

Oh, I added an iconic strap snap too. 💕

It’s tiny and crooked and has inside pockets for the good stuff. 💕

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Pattern: Raspberry Rucksack by Sarah Kristen (Sarah also has some great tutorials on her blog to help with the tricky bits!)

surprisingly productive

..not really, well kind of ..maybe?

I made myself a thing! (a planner like thing!) While I never really considered myself busy enough to require any sort of organization system (besides the occasional TO DO list or grocery list and I usually just scrawled the info onto bits of paper and tucked them in pockets ..often lost and then found ..always too late) Once I found a list months later “REMEMBER: change light bulb, chow mein” hum.. these were important enough to require a write down, but REALLY, did I REALLY need to remind myself  to change that bulb or what I wanted to cook for supper that night and ultimately I lost this list so what the hell did we end up eating in the dark!?! But lets face it I am a list maker, a jotter down of ideas, a forgetter of dates and I loose stuff, so I’m kind of hoping this ends up being a thing I will use. Not to mention, I’ve always had an ridiculous obsession with paper products & stationary, pens & pencils, a complete sucker for cute & kooky office products (minus the actual office!)
I styled it after the ever popular travelers notebook system, but I wanted it to be very me, which meant cute and lots of pockets! I happen to have made all of the notebooks and folders for this, but I did want to have the option for buying premade notebooks if I didn’t feel like making my own.
(larger Moleskine cahier and junior legal pads will fit in here!)
This was the very first one I made and it will hold roughly 3 notebooks and 2 folders without any bulge out ..just barely though! I got smarter with the second one (made for a friend) .. a smidge larger all around so more goodies could be tucked inside, super cute Kokka lucky penguin fabric  & improved vinyl sewing with business card pockets!
Oh and just because this will help motivate me .. a new pen & lead holder from Kaweco ♄
ok now I’m ready to do this thing!