Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Blue Calla Convertible Backpack

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I sometimes think I have just a couple followers and I should just quit blogging. I'm not a good blogger since I don't post that much. If you are still following please let me know by commenting.  But here I am again.

I got the new pattern from Blue Calla Patterns for a convertible backpack. If you want a copy go here.
When I saw the pattern design it reminded me of a bag my daughter have that uses a similar method for converting from shoulder bag to backpack. Converters always get my attention. This one has an asymmetrical shape. So here's my version.

Here's the front, were you see it as a shoulder bag:


This view let's you see the long zipper opening. The zipper covers the top and one side.


Here's the back. There are two 1" rectangle rings at the bottom and two 1-1/4" D rings on the top. You can also see the two sliders that make the straps adjustable. All this rings makes it possible for the bag to change from a shoulder bag to a backpack.


When you want to carry it as a backpack you can either just pick the straps between the top and bottom rings that are at the back of the bag or disconnect the clips on the front rings and connect  them on the top back rings. There's even a video to show you this. You can see it  here. I must say that if it works for someone to just pick it up differently (without unclipping) when you want to change from one mode to the other just do that and is easier. But you still have the option.

This last picture shows the bag with the main zipper opened. There's an internal gusset to hold your things inside when opening the zipper. This long zipper allows for a clear view inside.


I did make a change on the front pocket. The pattern has a zippered front pocket that opens top to bottom as you can see here on the pattern's feature picture.



I'm too practical and thought that kind of zipper installation will make things fall if left opened by accident. So I instead created a flap closing pocket that closes with a heavy duty snap. I matched the fabric so well that you can hardly see the pocket if it weren't for the flap.

For the bag I used a blue denim as contrast and for straps. The main print I had for a while and is from the "Fusions Ombre" Collection by Darcel Phillips for of Robert Kaufman. I got this fabric in different colors and still have some left for a future project. Inside it's lined with a solid gray cotton and it has a zipper pocket and a slip pocket with a pen compartment. The bag is available for purchase here.

I must say that the pattern is well explained (like all the other Blue Calla Patterns I have) for you to get a great result. The main zipper installation it's a bit tricky because it needs to be precise and there's always some fabric shifting and stretching. So you need to use lots of pins or clips. I did rip some seams and sew again. That was the only hard part for me. I will use the pattern again and I'm already thinking on another modification. I hope pattern designers don't mind me making modifications. But that's the nice thing about sewing bags, you can customize.

So, what are your thoughts on this design?

14 comments:

  1. Not a big fan of the basic backpack, convertible or not, but that's just me. Your experimentations and choice of fabrics are always interesting, however. As for the blogging, I'm here to give you a boost of support (hopefully!) and add my two cents: you likely have more than a couple of people - official "followers" or not - who are happy to drop by, see what you've made, and gather inspiration. And because you have a shop, I think the blog is a good marketing tool to have and retain. It's unfortunate that the culture of blogging (for the vast majority of us) is rather solitary in that people do not comment as much as they should for the amount of enjoyment that they receive. It's why I tried to start the "thank your favourite bloggers" movement (LOL) - it really is a treat to be thanked for one's contributions. People who have always been silent visitors should think a bit about this. Hang in there, Norma!

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    1. Thanks a lot for your boost! I enjoy blogging even if I don't do it as frequently as others. I guess every blogger wishes everyone leaves comments even if they just say hi.

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  2. I've been following your blog for awhile as I'm trying to learn all about how to make bags and wallets. You are one of my favorites as you give lots of details and I like the way you modify things. The way you did the front pocket on this backpack, for example, is a big improvement.

    Awhile back you reviewed Brandt's Blvd wallet and the infographic was so helpful to see all that the pattern contained. I saw that it was a very compact and useful wallet, something I couldn't tell easily otherwise.

    I hope you keep blogging. I'll try to give more feedback from time to time. Infrequency is no problem, your posts are very informative and inspiring. Those are the important things. <3

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    1. Thanks a lot Verna. These kind of feedback is just what I needed. I'm glad my blogging has inspired you. You can also ask questions on the comments so I'll know what kind of information people would like. Good day!

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  3. I think all bloggers do feel the same way. It is a select few that comment. Know people are looking and are being helped. I know I ,for one, would miss your posts. We make a lot of the same bags but your fabric selections are what I get inspired by.

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    1. Hi Marilyn. I know I can always count on your comments (along with Daryl's and Rochelle's). You always say something and I'm grateful for that. I know we both get inspired by each other. I'll do my best to keep blogging. Good day and Happy Sewing!

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  4. I enjoy reading your blogs. I'm just normally a quiet person ;)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know you're there. It's good to know there are people reading nd enjoying my posts.

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  5. I'm getting ready to make this bag myself, so I am glad to see your take on it!

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    1. I'm glad to be helpful. Be sure to use lots of pins or clips on your zipper installation and sew slowly while doing it. You will love the results.

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  6. Hi I have been reading your blog for a while now and am very inspired by your lovely bags, please keep on posting !

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    1. Thanks a lot for leaving a comment. Is good to know that there are someone out there that I can inspire.

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  7. Love your bags Norma, all of them!!! Too many people have quit or rarely blog anymore that I follow, please hang in there. Your loyal followers love you and that's what counts, right? But I get it. Blogging takes time and before you know it you could have made an entire bag instead of blogging. I think we need one another for inspiration and help. Too many people have dumped blogging for other social media like Facebook and Instagram, but you really get to know others through blogging. You can't write or read much on the other medias, even if it's faster. I know don't follow many on FB, and I can't imagine if I did how I would even be able to see everything that goes on there. Too much! I so much prefer bloggers and blogging, even if I don't always have time to comment, I do look.

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    1. Thanks a lot Daryl! I do know you are one of the few that always comment and I really appreciate it. I prefer blogging than any other social media. I even don't have a facebook account at all. I will continue to blog when I can.

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