I've been planning on making my oldest son a custom backpack for a while and was so pleased when I saw Erin from Diedelbug had come out with a tutorial to expand her Tiny Explorer backpack pattern to a Not-So-Tiny Explorer. The Tiny Explorer was a tad too small and the Back to Campus Backpack was a tad too big, so this tutorial was perfect; it adds 3" to the Tiny Explorer, making it tall enough to carry a folder. The tutorial also explains how to create a cargo pocket on the front. **UPDATE: Unfortunately, it appears the tutorial is no longer available. I will keep an eye out and update if it reappears.
I let my son pick everything, right down to the zipper colours and webbing I used. For the exterior, he chose this Marvel licensed print from Funky Monkey Fabrics. I liked working with it because it's not really directional, so I didn't have to think too hard for the cargo pocket.
- Exterior - Marvel licensed print from Funky Monkey Fabrics.
- Lining - Marvel licensed Camelot print from Sitka Fabrics
- Accent fabric - Mixology Woven by Camelot from Sitka Fabrics
- Piping available from Funky Monkey Fabrics and Sitka Fabrics
- Webbing, zipper supplies and mesh from Paccana; webbing and zippers available at Funky Monkey Fabrics too
- I interfaced my lining with Pellon Shape Flex 101 from Amazon.ca
- For the foam interfacing, I used Pellon Flex Foam 77, available from Funky Monkey Fabrics