Wednesday, June 1, 2011

a new backpack...

remember this?  


*sigh*

it's been lost. 

i definitely think i was more heartbroken than leo.  more about the contents than the actual backpack (old matchbox cars from his uncle!!!). 

but we had to move onwards and upwards.  no sense in giving it all too much value... i didn't want leo to be upset about it, so i needed to move on, as well.  so plans were made.  here's a little preview... a new backpack...


with a surprise inside!



i started with some old t-shirts.  got some zippers, freezer paper, and an old curtain.  (that curtain has been sneaking its way into a lot of projects these days... there's just so much of it!).  and i got to work.  i knew we'd be flying soon, and i was wanting to make a car mat for leo to play with, and now, with the missing backpack, thought i could somehow combine the two.  

and... here it is... a backpack that opens up into a car mat!  




it's already been to a couple restaurants, the shoe store, and will be perfect for the airplane!  




now that it's made, i kind of feel like it was time for a new one anyway.  






i linked up with creative me monday over at the southern institute!

and...

35 comments:

ahappywanderer said...

thank you ann! i think he's quite a cutie, too... but i might be a little biased ;) thanks for the shout out on your facebook page, too... i just checked it out! as well as your blog... it's great!

ahappywanderer said...

thanks, elizabeth! if you're really interested, email me and we'll figure something out! ahappywanderer at gmail dot com
thanks for stopping by!

Elizabeth said...

Logan loves cars and this is perfect. What is the going rate?

Ann Heasley said...

Genius! Your little cutie is adorable, thanks for such a great project and tutorial. I shared this on pinterest, as well as on my blog's facebook page: facebook.com/whbsblog. Have a wonderful night! :)

Lorie said...

Very cool!! I am going to feature this after the holiday weekend!

And I am sorry about the lost matchbox cars! :(

Lorena said...

I want two !!!! :)

ahappywanderer said...

thanks, lorena! I haven't made any to sell, but that's not to say I wouldn't:)

Lorena said...

OMG, I love that backpack is there any way you are making some to sell? I don't actually need the track inside (even thought i LOVE it) but we for sure need backpacks for all our finding haha, let me know

ahappywanderer said...

thanks, jenny! It would need an added train track, no?

Jenny Yarbrough said...

This is amazing Heather! I love it! I would pay you to make one of these for my boys, I really would... seriously. No, seriously. :)

ahappywanderer said...

Thanks, jannah! I can pass some along to you as long as you pass along some athletic talent Johnny is so proud of ;)

ahappywanderer said...

Thanks, Claudia! I can make one for you with a little camping scene on the inside ;)

Jannah said...

so impressive, can you pass some of your skills onto me, please!

claudia said...

Ok...I sooo NEED one of these and I don't even have a little one :) You're amazing!

ahappywanderer said...

thanks! so is the little man :)

Mepaul said...

loving this!!!

Blessedbabs said...

That is SUPER creative!

a happy wanderer said...

thanks blessedbabs! have a great thursday!

Sky @ Capital B said...

Wow and double wow- this rocks! What a clever surprise inside! And I think my very fav part is the strap for the straps in front! Both of my little guys struggle keeping the drawstring backpacks I've made them on... a strap like that will solve the problem! Thanks for sharing! :)

Mimi said...

I love this! I'm so sorry about losing the other one and the cars. But this is a wonderful replacement!
Stopping by from Tatertots & Jello

Six Sisters said...

This is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I have to make this for my little guy! We would love for you to come share this at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" link party! http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/07/strut-your-stuff-saturday-week-2.html

Love,
The Sisters @ sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

Chef in Training said...

this is amazing! I need one of these for my kids! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

Camille said...

You are so incredibly talented!!! I about died when I saw the finished project! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing. And thank you for linking up to our link party last week! We would LOVE to have you stop by and link up your projects again at Strut Your Stuff Saturday!
-Camille @
SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

a happy wanderer said...

thanks, camille! i'll be by six sisters stuff again soon! have a great weekend :)

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jytte B√łgedal said...

thank you for a brilliant idea:) I have a grandson at two - he will love it. will post a link to my blogg when i have finish mine:)
Love from Jytte - Denmark

heathorock said...

Wow, this is AMAZING! I totally want to make one (or two) for my little guys and family...
How many t-shirts did you use? What size were the zippers?
Thanks!!!
H

lucy x said...

I have just made some toys car stuffs for my little mans Christmas present and I had been searching for some ideas of a bag to make for them to live in. This would be perfect, I'm going to try to make one this week! Would you mind if I pinned your picture!
Love from the UK

a happy wanderer said...

@ heathorock... thank you! i used several t-shirts... one for the outside, one for the road... another for the pieces on the inside. it really depends on how you'd like to do it and what you can use to recycle! i think my zippers were 12", but that depends, too, on what size you want to make it!

@ lucy x... i'm glad you like it, and thanks for asking if i'd mind if you pinned it... please do! if you can please mention this link in the pin, that would be great!

alhsjej said...

I am thinking of making one of these for Christmas for my car crazy 3 year old. What did you use to keep the T shirts from stretching?? What did yous use the curtain for??
Any tips or advice??
Thanks
chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com
alhsjej

a happy wanderer said...

@alhsjej... i used the curtain fabric for the inside... and that's exactly what kept the t-shirt from stretching too much! any stable fabric will do, though :)

safdar ali said...

This is so nice collection. The boys have always joy with car toys.

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Renee said...

Inspired by this post (found on pinterest), I made my little boy one. You can see the photos of it here: http://www.photoblog.com/babyH/2012/07/13/cars-and-smiles.html

Anonymous said...

I'm new to your site. I don't see instructions for making this. Do you have them?

Eowyn's Heir said...

is there a tutorial for this?