We went to the mountain today, but I didn’t wear my new top because it doesn’t match my new backpack! Actually I prefer carrying a tote bag than a backpack, simply because I never found any backpack style that I like. But I thought I would need my hands free for our walking in the mountain trip, so I made this backpack tote yesterday.
The pattern is ‘A Day in The Park Backpack Tote’ by Liesl + Co. It was offered as a package when I bought the ‘Nature Walk’ pullover and knit pants from Oliver + s for Sidra. The pattern is perfect because the bag can be carried in two ways. The design of the straps and two O rings is very clever. The inside features a zippered pocket and three compartment pockets. The instruction is very clear and easy to follow. I really enjoyed making the bag, and it really came up faster than I thought it would be.
The outer fabric is French linen in yellow with big white flowers, bought in Cottonfield – Kichijoji, and the lining is purple nylon fabric from Echino, both are so very pretty. My only regret is not using sturdy enough interfacing so my bag is slouchier than the design intended to be. Check out this Flickr group to see how this bag is supposed to look! But all my bags are slouchy anyway so I’m kinda used to it. However, I’m planning to make the bag again in sturdier material, maybe with oilcloth fabric like this beautiful bag by Karyn!
Pattern is ‘A Day in The Park Backpack Tote’ from Liesl + Co.