I am so excited to join the Pandalicious tour today!
Make sure to enter the awesome giveaway for a copy of the, Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids pattern book along with 2 yards of Hidden Panda Cottonbud in knit! There will be additional prizes on each stop along the tour. Today you can WIN your choice of a Chalk and Notch pattern. All prize details are at the end of this post.
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What I love about all of the collections that Katarina designs for Art Gallery is the fun graphic nature of her prints and the Pandalicious line is no exception. I was drawn to the Pandalings Pod print which is offered in Cotton, Voile, Knit & Canvas, so you can pretty much make anything with all of the substrates offered. I’m excited about using some knit fabric from this line for another project. If you have sewn with Art Gallery knits before you know the quality is awesome and so easy to work with.
As I was thinking about summer and the small weekend trips we have planned. I thought it would be fun to use the Canvas for a backpack for my kids. I used a Japanese pattern from the book A Sunny Spot from the Heart Warming Life Series. I paired the Pandalings Pod print in Canvas with the Hidden Panda Cottonbud in Cotton and I love the result. I took my kids to a wooded trail near our house and they had so much fun running around collecting treasures to put in the backpack. I couldn’t just make a backpack, so I paired this backpack with a dress because I’m super practical. I chose another Japanese pattern, this time from the Kana’s Standard for Kids. I used Tentative Dot Ink from Katarina Roccella’s AvantGarde Collection from my stash. I love how even though these fabrics are from different collections they still work great together.
Just a heads-up, both of these pattern books are in Japanese. For the backpack you are given the pattern dimensions with a diagram (the pattern is not included). I was able to follow along but it did take some time to figure things out. I made a few pattern adjustments to the backpack after making a test sample. Here are my adjustments for reference.
– For fun, I used mini pom poms attached to 1/2″ elastic for the interior closure, instead of a drawstring. Admittedly the pom poms are not super practical so I might have to switch that out at some point.
For the Dress, I added the dress length from Pattern A to the A-5 View. I sewed the smallest size 100 for my 4 year old.
Overall I am really happy with the way this outfit turned out and I already have “orders” for a few more of these backpacks. Apparently my husband is in need of a soccer bag…I’m getting right on that…
I hope you get a chance to check out the rest of the Tour!
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Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids pattern book along with 2 yards of Hidden Panda Cottonbud in knit!
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This blog post was sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics. I have received fabric, but as always all opinions remain my own.
Thanks for following along on this tour!