The Backtote

Is it a backpack? Is it a tote? It’s a backtote!

When my little cousin saw my paiki bag she asked me to sew her a bag too. She is only 11 so she doesn’t need a fancy purse. Once I picked her up from school and asked her if I should take her school bag. But her school bag has wheels so she can just pull it behind her when it’s too heavy. I thought a bag designed for her should also have different ways to carry it. The idea of the backtote was born (okay I am not the only one with this idea…every hipster in town has a fjällräven kanken).
material for backtoteI had almost all I need in my stash, white cotton with origami animals (from IKEA), turquoise and black cotton, a grey 30cm zipper and some belt band.

Basically the bag consists only of rectangles and two ovals (the bottom). I found another grey zipper in my notions box and decided to add a little pocket inside.

inside pocket backtote

I took me a while to figure out how long the straps should be and how I will secure them. The tabs hold the strap on the front in place and bring a bit of colour to the outside.

Finally I added some elastic loops to the straps. This way you can secure the strap ends when you carry the backtote as a tote.

The final backtote from inside
backtote as tote
The backtote as tote
backtote as backpack
The backtote as backpack

I think I will have to sew some more backtotes…I think I need one  and some friends (older than 11) asked for it too 🙂

Tiki crush

In 2010 we were invited to a wedding on Oahu, Hawaii. We enjoyed two wonderful weeks in Honolulu and at the North Shore of the island.

Postcard Hawaii
A postcard we sent via email to our friends and family

Since the day we left I want to go back someday…We brought a little Tiki statue to remind us of this wonderful time.

There is a fabric store right across the street. Usually I buy my fabric at a market, because it’s much cheaper and the assortment of fabrics is more up to date. But once in a while I check what the store has to offer. And then there was that cotton with this lovely tiki print…I bought 2 metres to make a dress. I was a total novice to sewing. I bought my sewing machine a half year before at the supermarket next door (and it still works…thanks Lidl) I used McCall’s Vogue 8511, view A and added brown bias binding.

Tiki dress
My Tiki dress

I was surprised when I visited and found myself on the frontpage…I made it to the “Member project of the week”! My Project at Burdastyle

Member project of the week at
the great surprise

I fell in love with Amy Butlers “Blossom Bag” at first sight. I almost couldn’t believe the pattern was for free. I spent a lot of time thinking about the fabric choice. In the end I made the exterior from a tablecloth I bought at Butlers (I don’t think there is a connection to Amy…but who knows) and the interior from the rest of the tiki fabric. I love my paiki (paiki is bag in hawaiian language)

There was still some fabric left. So I made a matching wallet for my iPhone following this tutorial (I only did one pocket for the phone and omitted the other ones)

tiki phone pouch
Tiki dress for my phone

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