My older son started preschool about a month ago (he's not even 3 yet... but will be Wednesday!) but he needed some social interaction and his brother and I needed some time without him! I was not one of those moms that cried about her kid going to school, maybe because it's 2 days a week for 2 1/2 hours so he isn't gone much. I might cry when he goes to kindergarten. Anyway, he didn't need much to transport the one or two papers he'd be bringing home each time or the occasional show & tell items. I came across the perfect toddler backpack tutorial (that's free!) at That Crafty Mrs. V. I let Kellen choose the main fabric and I chose the compliment fabrics. Here's how it turned out:
I finally figured out the embroidery function on my sewing machine (that I got in January for my birthday!) and put his name on the front.
Love the inside! I really wanted to use this where I put the blue but didn't think his name would stand out as much. I added the orange polka dot here and there for visual interest.
I think the orange piping adds so much detail! Overall I am very happy how this turned out! I really wanted to add a side pocket with elastic so he could put a sippy cup or bottle of water but I got caught up in the excitement when making it and forgot! I don't think it'd be hard, though.
Ok, so I started compiling a bunch of links to other toddler backpacks for you them I came across this link which has done all the work and had most of the ones I found anyway.