For Valentine’s Day, I made each of my daughters a ballet drawstring backpack.
I used this tutorial from Prudent Baby and recycled an image I had used for baby gifts/t-shirts here. The image goes on the fabric by the means of iron transfer paper, a favorite of mine. The fabric is regular canvas from the craft store.
I really enjoy making these drawstring pouches, and this tutorial offers a way to add in the casing without the fake buttonhole that I enjoyed (though I need more practice at it). The tutorial calls for 2 yards of trim for the straps, but one yard per side ended up being too short; I used 1 1/2 yards.
I used ribbon from my stash for the straps. Finally, here is a picture of how the ribbon is inserted through the gusset at the bottom to make the strap. It works!
There! I used it as a gift bag, filled with a book, movie, stickers, hair accessories, and a handmade heart bracelet from Stash Happy Felt. After getting their gifts out, the girls will be able to use their backpacks to bring ballet slippers, tap shoes, tutus to ballet class and back.
I really enjoyed working on this project. It was cute, quick, and useful.