This project has been a long time in process! I first had the idea last spring of crocheting a backpack for my sweet pea to take to pre-school. Then, over the summer, I absolutely loved the large sunflowers we got to pick in our local Community Supported Agriculture farm Bellair Farm. I just love the size and colors of sunflowers! Wish I had taken some photos to show you! Stay tuned this summer…
Some design comments – I made the backpack with a drawstring that loops through the shoulder “pads” and around the top of the bag so as to make it super easy for a pre-school age child who can’t yet work a toggle closure. I also made the sunflower with a crochet “backing” to allow for stuffing it. I played for a while with the stem and leaves until I ended up with what you see. I gave the stem some texture by working diagonal triple crochet stitches every few stitches. I gave the leaves some extra texture by sewing down only one edge so they curl out.
Remembering that my son’s pre-school sent home papers in a folder, I decided I wanted to make the backpack large enough to fit large kid books. I wasn’t sure if Roo would need a backpack so I thought I’d love to make it work for trips to the library. I started off writing notes for a potential crochet pattern but part way through I gave up. I may consider it in the future but no plans for now (let me know if you think it’s worth the work!)
Yep, you guessed it…this was Roo’s Christmas gift! I gave her the bag unlined though and then finally just finished sewing in a fabric lining. Please tell me I’m not the only person who gifts unfinished homemade gifts to close family?! I had some denim to use so I decided it would make a nice durable lining for the bag. I found an awesome tutorial on how to sew a crochet bag liner and then on how to sew a lining into a crochet bag. Until then, I was feeling quite stumped by the math of figuring out the lining. These tutorials worked great and the lining is in thanks to Alice!