Toddler Backpack

When Liv started to show interest in packing her own things too when we would go somewhere (or also when we wouldn’t go anywhere) a while ago, I decided it was the right time to make her a toddler backpack.


I saw this pattern from Made by Rae, which seemed to be a fine one, so I decided it would be easier to try the pattern rather than trying to make your own.

Though from the beginning on, it seemed like it would come out a little too big for my slender girl, I wanted to see how it would look when finished. So I just went with the original pattern without changing it. Even though, it turned out I was right. It is somewhat too big for her. But fortunately not too big so it would be unusable for us.



I bought this fabric from Art Gallery, called Hello Bear, Hello Forest, which I loved ever since I first saw it. I always wanted to use it for something, but it was cotton fabric and the animals are too big to be used as something for Liv to wear (and I rarely make other things than clothes… exception is this toddler backpack and the Christmas gift series that is still a work in progress to be put on the blog). So I was waiting for a chance to use this lovely fabric. And this seemed perfect for it.


Have I ever told you how I love Art Gallery fabrics? No, I do not get any commission or free stuff or anything else from them or anyone else. This is purely me telling you about my experience. They are so soft and wonderful, good quality and nice designs… I just love them. Every single one I ever bought was wonderful.


But back to the backpack. So I used the pattern and went pretty much what it said… Well, ok, I rarely read instructions, which can backfire on me sometimes. I think I had a moment here too, where I did something and only after did I look up something in the instructions, only to find I should have done it the other way round. But whatever.


Because the Art Gallery fabric is rather thin though, I put a sturdier plain white cotton fabric in the inside. I probably might have used even some more reinforcement as a middle layer, so it would hold form better. But it’s ok even as it is, I don’t miss it that much.


Though a little bit too big yet for Liv’s slender back, we still love it. She even wants to take it with her somewhere once in a while, or she just packs it with toys at home and plays that she’s going somewhere. And it even served us well to put just enough toys and books to take with us on two vacations. So one might say it serves its purpose.


I plan on making another, smaller one. Though, who knows if she won’t rather grow into the size of this one before I will get to do that. But we shall see. :-)


DIY Felt Indian Headbands

For about five minutes I was sitting there thinking about it, if it was OK to write Indian or if I should rather use Native American. Seriously. Then I just decided to leave it be. I hope nobody gets offended by it.


Liv is really getting into Role-Playing-Games lately. Indians, knights, princesses, ballet dancers, pirates, police,… anything, really.

One of her favourite (role playing) games is playing Indians with her dad, where they paint on their faces and catch some little toy animals which get to be tied to little poles with shoelaces. Ok, they’re not shoe-laces really, they’re actually meant for practicing putting beads on, but they look like it.


So, you may or more probably may not remember, when I wrote about the Advent Calendar I made for Liv this (last) year… well, for this Christmas… I wrote I had the intentions to sew something for at least one of the packages. Of course, I was putting it off until a day or two before she was going to open it, but I did it. And since the above described game is such a favourite, I made two headbands for her (and us).


I made them out of felt, since it is easy and quick to work with, you don’t need to finish edges or anything, it holds form well enough, but is yet something you don’t need to worry about when in use of little kids. It’s not easy to be crushed or damaged.

The colours I used were chosen on the go, really, whatever combination seemed pleasing to my eye at the moment. So one ended up being in earthy tones, the other one in a combination of blues and yellows. The lighter blue felts were too thin, though, so I had to put another one underneath. This way the headband is a little bit different from each side. The blue and yellow one is also Liv’s favourite.



I topstiched each “feather” to add a little bit of the feather-like texture, not because it would have been necessary (except the thin ones I had to make double-layered, as mentioned). In a minimalistic sense, of course, as you can see.


Liv has a head circumference that is 50cm/19.6inches. I used 20cm of elastic band (for each, of course), the rest is two felt stripes sewn together and the “feathers” in between. The feathers were drawn very much “from the eye” as I went, each a little bit different in size.


I’m happy to say it was one of her favourite packages from the Advent Calendar. :-)


And though, this little cousin is yet too small to play Indians with Liv, it’s surprisingly the only (usable) photo I have yet where you could see it on Liv’s head.

DIY Stuffed Fabric Whale

The weather seems like it’s turning slowly towards spring, even though it would much more suit me to be winter for just a little while longer. I’ve been very busy (and tired) these last few weeks, so let me catch up on things I’ve wanting to post since December. Ok, since Christmas.

My nephew loves fishes. Loves is probably a bit of a mild word. I should rather say he’s obsessed with fishes. Although I’m not sure if it’s just me or if his obsession is getting weaker. Anyway.


When I was trying to think about something what to give him for Christmas, it always came down to very few things I could think of he would really like and enjoy (and didn’t already have). And somehow it seemed so much more important to me to make something  (special) for him, rather than buying an expensive toy, even though he doesn’t know the difference nor can appreciate it yet since he’s not even 2 and half (and who knows if he ever will, since he may rather loose interest in it sooner than he might appreciate it). Still here I was, wanting to make something for him, and what else other than something to do with fishes.


Quite by chance I came upon this wonderful DIY denim whale tutorial by Valaan Villapaita on pinterest while browsing through some random things, and it got me hooked right away.

So here’s my version of it.


You might or might not find the fabric I used familiar. It’s the one I customized by dyeing when I was doing the little stuffed Rhino. I still had some leftover bits from that, which seemed just perfect for a whale.


Unlike the tutorial, I stuffed also the tail and fins. The denim of the original whales might be thicker and less lacking in stuffing, but the thin cotton I used for my (nephew’s) whale just seemed too empty and lifeless without it. Also I just drew the eyes with a textile pen, because I didn’t want to sew it on, nor did I have a suitable button I could use.


Well. He seems like he likes it, so that’s all I could ever hope for. And I’m glad.


Liv seemed to be a little jealous, also wanting such a whale. Oh, my dear girl, I should kick myself in the butt and finish some of those things I’ve wanted to do for you for some time already too.

(I also made a Montessori ball for his little sister, my lovely little niece, but I don’t have a photo of that… But that I knew from the beginning I would want to do for her. I guess that might become a kind of tradition for new babies in our family. :-)


I wish you a beautiful Sunday, everyone!

What a day to announce my winter-y GIVEAWAY winner… almost seems like spring is coming in these parts, but I kind of hope there will still be a chance to wear the Hooded Scarf I’m giving away today.

Thank you all for your lovely comments and likes on this! Since nobody else enlisted for this, though, the winner is quite clear this time and the hooded scarf goes to the lovely Miriam’s niece.

Congratulations! I hope it will bring her joy! :-)