May 6, 2014

I am sure by now that you have heard about April Rhodes amazing new fabric line for Art Galley Fabrics called Arizona Fabrics which is soon to be released.  I love the colors, the modern shapes, and the nod to the west.  When she asked me to participate in her blog tour I was more than eager to comply.  In fact I had been wanting to make my daughter a new backpack for awhile as she is starting preK this fall, and I knew that April’s new fabrics would be perfect.  She loves the pink and flowers and I love that the fabric doesn’t feel juvenile – the perfect balance.

For the pattern I used Made By Rae’s Toddler backpack pattern once again (see my first version here).  This time I enlarged it about 1inch all around.  This made it the perfect size to fit letter sized folders, but still small enough to not topple her over.  I also added a lining, inside pocket, and outside pocket.  I love this pattern because it is simple, and easy to customize.

To make the backpack more stiff I fuzed it to some heavyweight stabilizer.  This is my only regret.  It doesn’t want to stay fused which is causing some slight bubbling on the fabric.  If I did it again I would use sew-in stabilizer instead.

The fabric was wonderful to work with.  It was my first time to use ArtGallery fabrics and I am officially impressed.  The quilting cotton is obviously of a good quality as it has a soft feel and washes up beautifully.  I am excited to try them again.

There are a bunch of other blogs participating in the blog tour.  Here is a list of them all if you would like to check them out.

Thursday, May 1 – Anna Graham – @noodlehead531 /
Friday, May 2 – Shelley Figueroa – @figgysstudio /
Saturday, May 3 – Julie Herman – @jaybirdquilts /
Sunday, May 4 –  Erin Sobon Sundet – @sewbon /
Monday, May 5 – Jenna Brand – @howtobejenna /
Tuesday, May 6 – Kelli Ward – @truebias /
Wednesday, May 7 – Rachel Howard – @familyeverafter /
Thursday, May 8 – Delia Randall – @deliacreates /
Friday, May 9 – Kelly Costas – @cutcutsew /
Saturday, May 10 – Rachel Gander – @imaginegnats /
Sunday, May 11 – Devon Iott – @missmake /
Monday, May 12 – Mary Dugan – @marysdugan /
Tuesday, May 13 – Shannon Cook – @soveryshannon /
Wednesday, May 14 – Penny Layman – @sewtakeahike /
Thursday, May 15 – Katie Blakesley – @swimbikequilt /

As mentioned before I have a fat quarter bundle to GIVEAWAY to one lucky reader.  All you need to do is comment on this post with what you would use the fabric for.  Unfortunately it is only open to US readers.  The giveaway is open until Thursday night – midnight EST.  I will announce the winner on Friday.


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  • Reply Kels May 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Gosh, every new blog has yet another perfect project for this fabric! I would love to stitch up a market bag with these lovely fabrics or perhaps a fun skirt.

  • Reply Kristie May 6, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    I would probably make me several zipper pouches, as I need some organization in my purse!

  • Reply Rachel May 6, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    So cute!! I think I would use the fabric to make a new wallet, and maybe a soft case for my ipad.

  • Reply Nicole May 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    I want to make a quilt for the living room that I can cozy up under while I watch reruns of Chopped and Restaurant: Impossible.

  • Reply Debbie P May 6, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Cute backpack!! I would love to make a fun tote fom these fabrics!

  • Reply s. May 6, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    These are gorgeous and would make an adorable bag for my little girl!

  • Reply bluegil83 May 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    So cute! I would love to make some makeup bags!

  • Reply Heather Lou May 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    CAN YOU PLEASE MAKE ME A BACK PACK?!?!?! I want to STEAL this from your little toddler.

  • Reply Sew Maris May 6, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Darling backpack. My DGD might need one, as she is currently obsessed with her backpacks! 😉

  • Reply Lindsey May 6, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Beautiful! I love it. I would make a stuffie for my nephew. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Anonymous May 6, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Adorable! I would make a skirt and infinity scarf for my daughter.

  • Reply fashionandfishing May 6, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    I am in love with this project! I don’t have a toddler but would love to use this fabric for a duffle or overnight bag!

  • Reply Kristi May 6, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Very cute. I love the pocket.

  • Reply Darci May 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    We are making the leap from apartment to house this summer and I’d love to make a quilt for our new guest room/sewing room.

  • Reply Megan May 6, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I would love to use the fabric to make a knitting needle case 🙂

  • Reply Jo May 6, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Oh my gosh your backpack is just adorable, I wish I had a toddler around. I would make a table runner and placemats with this fabric.

  • Reply sophie May 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    absolutly amazing project!

  • Reply Dawn Frisch May 6, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    The backpack is so cute!!! The fabric is so lovely!!
    array-dawn at cox dot net

  • Reply Rachel Booth May 6, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    That is a FABULOUS backpack!!! OH my!!!

    I’ve been drooling over this fabric collection – I want to make EVERYTHING with it – but especially a quilt! 🙂 Traditional, I know… but 🙂

    p.s. I’ve only discovered your blog this week and I love it! 🙂

  • Reply Lori May 6, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Oh, my that is the best looking backpack ever. Fabulous job.

  • Reply stephervescent May 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    love that backpack! I’d use the FQs for a baby quilt

  • Reply Laurelry May 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Love this fabric! Would love to make a baby quilt!

  • Reply Sarah May 6, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    love this fabric–would use it for some new open wide zippered pouches.

  • Reply gingermakes May 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    AHHHH! Yet another thing you’ve sewn for your daughter that I really want for myself! She’s got to be the coolest kid in the 5 boroughs!

  • Reply Julie Nolte Owen May 6, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    I would make some new summer pillows for the great room sofa.

  • Reply Aimee May 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    I’d love to use this for some makeup bags!

  • Reply Sarah May 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    I would use the fabric to make cushions for our living room. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply GranChris May 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    I think I will use it on my porch, placemats, runner, etc. Perfect match.

  • Reply Laura J. May 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    I’ve been meaning to make some small zipper bags to store my knitting needles and such. But honestly, I’d probably end up making something for my daughter!

  • Reply amanda May 6, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    I’d make some pouches or a bag. I love that backpack!

  • Reply Tamie May 6, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    I’m so impressed with your backpack. It’s beautiful. I’d use the fabric for a baby quilt. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  • Reply Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting May 6, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Cute backpack! I’d love to make a quilt or a picnic blanket!

  • Reply teridodds May 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    That is an amazing backpack! I’d love to make quilted placemats with the fat quarter bundle!

  • Reply Jess Z May 6, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Cute backpack! After seeing Jenna’s quilt yesterday, I need to make my daughter that quilt! Love this line! 🙂

  • Reply veronicamade May 6, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    I would make some zipper pouches or clutches. The prints are amazing.

  • Reply Linda May 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Hi, this is such a neat project>thanks for sharing!
    Thanks too for a lovely fabric giveaway>I’ll try and make a toddler pouch too!

  • Reply Shannon Woodruff May 6, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    That backpack is absolutely adorable! I can’t wait to get some of this beautiful fabric. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to make Noodlehead’s Super Tote out of it.

  • Reply Pattie Crum May 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Great looking backpack. I would make yet another quilt if I were to win.

  • Reply puu May 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    great make! you know, i can’t help thinking those fabrics would also make a great summer concert T or, my personal favorite, vogue 1247. i just love the way they jive together – and your description of them, feminine but still modern and cool – is bang on.

  • Reply Jen W May 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I am so impressed with your backpack! Too cute. I’d love to win the fabric to make a quilt for my bedroom.

  • Reply EHC May 6, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Color blocked summer shorts and shirts for my daughter!

  • Reply Margo May 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Great backpack! I would love to make a tote or another fun summer bag with those fabrics.

  • Reply Kunklebaby May 6, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Love this! I’d use it to make some new patchwork pillow covers for the couch.

  • Reply Mara May 6, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Your first time using Art Gallery Fabrics, oh my, I love AGF, like butter and would use these fabrics to sew up something for my mom!

  • Reply Joanne May 6, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Your backpack is so cute! I don’t know what I would make with the fat quarters, but they’d be fun to play around with!

  • Reply Angela May 6, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    What a fabulous backpack! Does “hoard it” count as a use? It’s soooo pretty I’m sure I would have a hard time cutting into it!

  • Reply Katie May 6, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    So adorable! (but like you said, not too childish and girly). I am interested in learning to quilt, so I’d use the fat quarter bundle to make a small quilt top – how cute would it be for a baby gift to some stylish parents?

  • Reply Cecilia May 6, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Your backpack is adorable! I love using AG fabrics. I would use theis to make a tote fir myself. 🙂

  • Reply allierae May 6, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Great fussy-cutting, it looks perfect on the backpack. I’d love to make some clothes for myself with this line.

  • Reply Diane Beavers May 6, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Kelli, The Agave “Triangle Tokens” print in Voile is calling me and I believe its perfect for a summer skirt, and I can’t wait to make your “Summer Flattering Skirt” with.
    I’m kind of on your path, but pledged only two handmade garments per week this month:)
    Soon I’ll need a large cargo bag to start housing all the fabric stash I’m building! April’s Arizona prints are perfect for any kind of bag..thank you for the inspiration.

  • Reply Havplenty May 6, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    The color palette and geo prints are just great. I would make a baby quilt for some friends first baby. I know they would love this.

  • Reply melonkelli May 6, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Project bags!

  • Reply Katherine May 6, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Oh, I change my mind about what to make each day. TODAY I would make some oversized pouches–maybe branch out and see if I can find some repurposed leather for the bottom!!

  • Reply Sylvia May 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    I think these would be lovely in a baby quilt!

  • Reply CindyM. May 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    I would love to make zipper pouches, or do a patchwork purse with them.

  • Reply shayne May 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    I would EVERYTHING! I love this line!

  • Reply Karen Malone May 6, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    I would love to make a geometric quilt with this great fabric!

  • Reply seweettooth May 6, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    I would love this fabric for some toddler/baby hats! Specifically the Jack & Jill hat by Izzy & Ivy. It would be awesome!

  • Reply Joan H. May 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    I would like to make some beautiful totes from this fabric

  • Reply kristin May 7, 2014 at 2:39 AM

    Wow Kelli I love the backpack – you used the prints so perfectly and the hardware is awesome. I think I might use a FQ for the yoke of a MBR Ruby top! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply Fabric Tragic May 7, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    Not to be counted as an entry as I’m in Australia but it’s so cute Kelly and beautifully made – your bag making skills are unreal! I love your colour choices too – as you say, not too girlie!

  • Reply Lauren May 7, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    The backpack is seriously a work of art. I love the front zippered pocket. Great job, I wish I had one for myself!

  • Reply linynp May 7, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Oh the back pack is awesome!!! I’d love to make a tote or new kitchen spruce up placement or quilt with this lovely fabric!

  • Reply Mae May 7, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    agh! I would be making a baby geranium dress for the new baby. 🙂

  • Reply Janie May 7, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    You have amazing talent. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply Lexie May 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Love love that backpack! I want to make a bag using these fabrics. I feel inspired.

  • Reply Megan Thayne May 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I just love Art Gallery Fabrics! The zipper you used went so well with the geometrical design. I have found that gluing duck cloth to medium weight cotton gives stricture to bags and eliminates the bubbling problem of interfacing.

  • Reply Vicki H May 7, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Love you backpack. I would like to make totes for myself and sister with the fabrics. Thanks.

  • Reply Katherine May 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I think a lovely western-style shirt would be adorable in this fabric! So gorgeous!!!

  • Reply P Bybee May 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    CUUUUTTTTEEEE. I love the backpack you made! I would even wear it 🙂 I love the front pocket too! When I saw this fabric line the first thing I thought was to make a wallet clutch! I think it’ll look adorable <3

  • Reply Ali May 7, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Oh I love that! Hmm, I want to make a backpack now, but the person I’d make it for has two siblings and then half the summer will be gone by the time I muddle though making them. Thanks for the tips on stabilizing and stuff!

  • Reply Kelly Wilson May 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    I would mix it with some solids and make a summer skirt.
    Your backpack is very cute. Thanks for the opportunity!
    notwendy gmail

  • Reply Jen Boes May 7, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    My daughter has printed some lovely hydrangea fabrics in these colors. I think I’d combine them for a lovely quilt!

  • Reply Jess May 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    The green would probably become napkins; some of the others might become little bags, or even doll clothes.

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply Maggie May 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    I love the colors and geometric prints of this collection. I’d find a fun way to make a print-blocked tee or top!

  • Reply Bobbypin Bandit May 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    This fabric is fantastic! Being from Arizona, I love the name and prints. I would either use it for a table runner or placemats and coasters OR a tote for myself 😉

  • Reply OhioLori May 7, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Loooove the Backpack!! So cool! Think I would either make pillows for Family Room…OR a cool Tote for ME!!! lol

  • Reply Kathy Davis May 7, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    I would use the fabric to make a sweet skirt and applique T-shirt for my little granddaughter, Nellie.

  • Reply Lee May 7, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Fabulous backpack! Love the design and fabric!

  • Reply Emily C May 7, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    These would make a lovely patchwork tote bag.

  • Reply PK Sews May 7, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    What a great backpack! I love how you used the fabric. I would make some fun summer pillows.

  • Reply Cindy Dahlgren May 7, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    I would make my Granddaughter a cute little summer outfit. Fortunately, she’s still small enough to use fat quarters for.

  • Reply Afquilt May 8, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    I would love to make a lap quilt.

  • Reply lauren May 8, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    I would love to make a skirt and am also interested in making a quilt!

  • Reply MaryEllen May 8, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    I love the backpack !! Great job ! since I live in AZ this would be perfect to make something for my granddaughter who lives in NYC 🙂

  • Reply Marisa Park May 8, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    I would either make a tote or a lap quilt. I just can’t decide!

  • Reply Anita May 8, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    I would make a tote with it, most likely. Great fabric!

  • Reply Connie Cain May 8, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Would maybe make dress for my granddaughter, or shorts for my grandson. 🙂

  • Reply Les May 8, 2014 at 6:40 AM

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  • Reply Les May 8, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Love! I would make a breezy summer tank!

  • Reply MBMeadows May 8, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    I would make a supertote out of it!

  • Reply Jessica May 8, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    I would use it for a mug rug for my mother in law.

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  • Reply Kelsey May 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    What an adorable backpack! And this new line of fabric is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!!

  • Reply kris May 8, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    I think I would make a bag or some pillows out if this fabric. I love it!

  • Reply Sarah Hull May 8, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    I would use the fabric to make some pillows for my master bedroom or a play quilt for my boys!

  • Reply Kelcie May 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    I’d like to make a supertote or maybe a bigger backpack for myself!

  • Reply Grandma Helen May 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Oh…definitely cushions for the deck chairs!

  • Reply Trisha E May 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    As an Arizonan, I would love to stitch up some cloth napkins with this bunch!

  • Reply Lani DeSimone May 8, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    I absolutely love those fabrics! I would make a quilt or pillows 🙂
    Probably some couch pillows, since I’d want to be seeing those all the time!

  • Reply Rachel May 8, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    I would use it for a backpack for my younger cousin! And the extras for doggie bandanas

  • Reply Emily May 8, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Your backpack is so cute! I think these fabrics would be fabulous for a table runner or placemats in my new dining room.

  • Reply laura May 8, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    i would make a few delightful baby quilts! thank you!

  • Reply Jessibeth Vicenty May 8, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Would love to do a bag and maybe a wallet. This fabrics are really adorable!

  • Reply Kristin May 8, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I am so going to have to make my son one of these backpacks for when he starts preschool this fall. I never like the ones at the stores. 🙂 love Aprils fabrics and you did an awesome job on this backpack. I would love some of here fabric to make a quilt with and am going to have to get some yardage for a couple shirts for myself. 🙂

  • Reply Hannah Lane May 8, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    I would love to make a clutch out of the fabric!

  • Reply Diane May 8, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    I’m just loving this fabric and the backpack for your daughter is really cute. I would like to use this fabric to make some summer tops. Thanks!

  • Reply Allison C May 8, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    This is such a great idea! I’ve never thought about making a backpack before.

  • Reply Gail May 8, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Sweet. It is nearly as big as she is!

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  • Reply Unknown May 8, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    I want to make a weekender bag. Based on your experience I think I will pre-quilt the fabric before cutting. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Fern May 8, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    I would make a quilt

  • Reply lisacrafty May 9, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Something lovely 🙂

  • Reply Sydney Lund May 9, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    I would sew a dress for my baby and make matching dolls with it!

  • Reply Amy May 9, 2014 at 4:41 AM

    After seeing this amazing backpack, I would have to say I would make a bag of some sort with these fabrics. This line is really striking!

  • Reply Suzanne May 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    I am such a copycat because I would use that fabric to make a bag….but for myself (because I am also greedy — HA!)

  • Reply mandi c May 10, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    I’m making a quilt for my toddler!

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    I want to make a new purse/tote for summer! Thanks.

  • Reply Erin A May 13, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    It’s all so incredibly beautiful!! I think I would make a toddler dress out of it. A slew of beautiful fat quarters and a 2T toddler is a good excuse for some creative piecing, am I right? 🙂

  • Reply Wish May 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    What an amazing backpack! I’d definitely have to say some sort of summer bag and a matching one for my niece who is about to be a big sister.

  • Reply WhoMom May 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Fabulous backpack! Those colors and patterns really work together and look so nice.

  • Reply Lauren May 21, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    It would go into a quilt I’m making for a friend for her wedding. Thanks!

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    I would love to buy a backpack such like this for my kids. It’s really look like so nice. Thanks for sharing.

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