I sewed this project during the summer, so it's actually been done for a couple of months, but I'm eager to share it with you today. The pattern is called the Range Backpack by the amazingly talented Anna of Noodlehead. (The PDF pattern is available for purchase here.) Of all of the things that I've made, this is probably the project at the top of the list that makes me want to exclaim, "I actually made this!!!!" Hahaha!
AL Frances on Etsy. I used spring green and a blue denim for the exterior of my bag. I got the hardware kit from Anna. (It's SO handy that she stocks them...saves a lot of time and trouble trying to track everything down.) I had never used waxed canvas before, so I was quite nervous to sew with it, but it went well! It's fun to expand one's sewing horizons. Also, it's nice to have some hand holding and direction while doing it. Ha! The hardest part of the whole project for me was when it came time to turn the bag right side out. I didn't want to crumple the canvas....even though that's the whole point. The canvas gets better with age and with use. Breaking it in will be a challenge for me, I'm certain!
I LOVE Anna's patterns because they produce such professional looking finished products. Every single time!! As soon as my kids saw it, each one of asked me if I would make them one. That's a good sign of success, I would say! I loved making it....and I felt a great sense of accomplishment when I finished. SO thankful to have been a part of the backpack party that we had at retreat.
I thought it would be fun to do a little giveaway today! It's been awhile! If you would like to win a PDF copy of Anna's pattern for the Range Backpack, I will pick one lucky winner from the commenters today. I'd like to thank each and every one of you for stopping by my blog and reading. It really, truly means so much!
Now it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. Thank you, as always, for joining me for finish it up Friday!
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What a gorgeous bag - and every single one of them looks professionally finished - a sign of a good pattern as well as talented sewers! Just please say that you did all go for a walk wearing matching but not matching backpacks?!
I LOVE that backpack! Going to have to make my own now.
That bag is so awesome Amanda!!!! What a fantastic finish and I bet you are so excited to say you made it ;) Bags still scare me, but how awesome that you tackled this. It just looks wonderful and inspires me to break out of my 2-D quilt sewing and try some 3-D bags!!! Oh, and carrot cake for breakfast, yummy, now I am totally craving a piece ;)
Love the backpack....love all the backpacks. Talented ladies all.
That is SO impressive! I have yet to try to sew anything three-dimensional!
It is so good to have your back!
What a cute bag! And how fun to have a shared retreat project. Happy birthday to your boy! It just goes faster from here, I'm sorry to tell you.
The backpacks turned out great! And a lot of my favorite recipes have come directly from food brands, so I don't doubt that the recipes in that cookbook are tasty.
Win Win When the kids ask for one!!!!!
Maybe mine will also!
Wow - that is a fabulous backpack. I can see why all your kiddos wanted you to make them one, too. I would love to win the pattern, and I thank you for the chance! ~smile~ Roseanne
I love the backback. It is really awesome
The backpacks look wonderful! I would love to make one ( or more), thanks for the opportunity to win a pattern. I really enjoy your blog.
I've been seeing this bag around Blogland and I love your version; I am very partial to apple green and the denim blue is perfect. I have some washed Kraftex which feels and looks like suede in Apple Green and think I could use it for a bag. I just have to find the patience to make something like this.
You did a great job on that backpack! And it's good to have you back blogging, too. I hope you really enjoyed your month off.
First of all, I scanned this post before reading the details. When I saw the picture of multiple backpacks, I thought you had made them all and I was in awe. Now that I know you made the green one, I am still in awe but not worried that you had gone over the edge making all of them!! The pattern looks amazing and your finish looks so professional.
As for King Arthur, I am a huge fan of their flours. Also, their website is amazing and has so many great recipes. Good choice on your son's part - I love carrot cake.
Have a great weekend Amanda!
You make the best projects! Thanks for sharing your Range Backpack with us and for the awesome giveaway - you rock!
Recently, I made the Maker's Tote. Yes, you are right, the Noodlehead pattern is well written.
I LOVE KAF recipies. I read their blog/website and I've never had a dud recipe. I also love their toll free hotline in case you need some help or clarification.
Your backpack looks great. I used waxed cotton for a lunch bag for my husband years ago and I loved how it smelled like a new box of crayons.
I've always been intimidated about sewing bags. Maybe this could change my mind.
Love the backpack! So fun to do it at a retreat. And the colors are great. I wonder how it would work up in leather. Would love to give it a try.
Your finished bag is awesome. Definitely one I would like to make myself. Thanks!
Your bag looks great! Thanks for this opportunity :) Blessings!
I haven't used a backpack in YEARS but I want to make THIS one, so I'd be thrilled to win a pattern!
Been dying over his backpack since it first released! So good!
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Beautiful backpacks...so professional!
Wow, looks like a great backpack! I would love to try it! Thank you.
I buy King Arthur products and love them. I'm surprised I didn't know about that cookbook - thanks for the tip! I would love to win the backpack pattern and I think all the backpacks sewn by you and your retreat group look great!
Your backpack looks great! Noddlehead patterns are always fun to make!
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Your bag is awesome
I would love to make the range backpack! Yours looks great!
I would love to (try and) make this backpack!
3D sewing is always worth a medal! Your backpack looks great!
Love seeing the row of backpacks! Since we Canadians seem to be known for our backpacks on travels, I'd love to make one as sweet as these. :-)
The bags look lovely. It's good to try something different sometimes. How great that all your children want one, the seal of approval. I love the recipes from King Arthur. I gave my daughter one of their baking books when she got married.
I'm so glad you are back from your blogging break. I missed you. Every Friday, my usual MO is to log on and start to read all the linked "Finishes". That may be why my own personal finishes are far and few between. Truth be known, I'll have some soon. Love your backpack, Spring Green and denim - perfect, but....looks a bit intimidating.
Love your bag! (And I always want cookbook recommendations.)
Your version of the backpack looks great! Would love to give this pattern a try. Thank you ...
What a wonderful bag! Gorgeous! Thanks for the opportunity! email@example.com
Really great to see all the fabrics used for the backpack! I may have to put this on my "to do" list!
A real cute backpack, all 6 in a row!!!
Always love carrot cake, it's a winner!
Thanks for the giveaway.
I love the backpack and the variety that were completed. It looks like it could be made for a guy too, just by choosing the right fabrics and hardware.
Glad you're back - I look forward to Fridays! :)
Lovely backpack and great cookbook suggestion.
Super cute backpack! I picked up that cookbook at Costco a couple of years ago - the chocolate "breakfast muffins" are amazing.
I've never made a backpack or worked with waxed canvas but this cute pattern makes me want to try! Really enjoy reading your posts.
I made a Cargo Duffle back in July---another Noodlehead pattern. I have used it as a knitting bag for a HUGE project and as an overnight bag. I love Anna's patterns because they are well-written and easy to follow, yet the finished bags look so professional and store-bought. (I mean that in a good way!)
I just have to tell you I am glad you're back! All is right with the world! Haha. And I wouldn't mind winning the pattern. I just mostly wanted to say glad you're back!
Your bag looks fabulous! I've made a few of Anna's patterns and they've always turned out great. Thanks for the chance to win!
Thanks for the opportunity to win a pattern! I've had my eye on it!
Love this pack! Awesome pattern!
Loving everything about the backpack! The colors, the design, the hardware and the fact that it is handmade!!! Way to go! Would love the pattern to try my hand at it.
Fabulous looking backpack. I always enjoy your website. Love your new book.
I love your blog and I love that backpack!
Love, love, LOVE your backpack and would be THRILLED to win a (digital) copy of the pattern!! Thanks for offering it.
Nice backpack. Great idea to sew along with friends, it gives you that little extra confidence boost.
Love the line of backpacks!
The backpack is SUPER CUTE! Thank you for showing it to us.
What a neat bag! I love that cookbook. We have one and use for special goodies. Thanks for the chance, Amanda.
I love this and all of Anna's patterns too. We do a retreat project very informally every year with our guild too- it's so fun! Last time, we did her little tray that's a free pattern on the RK site. LaurieEMatthews at gmail
I need to make a Range backpack 🎒! Yours is awesome.
Your bag is gorgeous! The denim and pale green combination is so fresh and pretty! I would love to attempt one :)
Happy Birthday to your son! xx
Love the backpack, and would really like to try working with waxed canvas. The group photo of all the completed backpacks is truly inspiring - something for every taste!
Love the backpack and the group photo shows them off to perfection.
What a great pattern - and even better to get a request for one from a family member This sounds like a win-win pattern for sure!
Love the backpack. The waxed fabric looks great and I really like the spring green color. The bag does look a little intimidating to make, at least to me.
Loved this bag from the moment I saw it. I have three grandkids who would each like one I'm sure. Thanks for sharing this!
What a cute backpack pattern! I want to make one!!!
I know my grandkids would LOVE one of these backpacks, and suspect my kids probably would, too. Yours is SO professionally done, it makes me think maybe I could make one with great success, too. Thanks for the giveaway! Deb E / Oregon firstname.lastname@example.org
What a lovely line up of finished bags! And such a nice variety. Sounds like it would have been fun to make as a group. This looks like a very versatile backpack! I have only made one bag myself and I can relate to the hand holding comment. Anything to lessen the tension!
I loved that backpack from the moment I saw the first pictures. It manages to be both casual and kind of sophisticated at the same time. I need to work up the courage to try one, especially since every report says it was not that hard. Love your color choices. (Not only is that cookbook a winner, so is their "Cookie Companion".)
I love your backpack! Thanks for the giveaway of the pattern to one lucky reader. Thanks, too, for sharing about the King Arthur Flour baking cookbook; it's always good to get a cookbook recommendation.
I love your bag! Nice combo. I adore Anna's patterns and I'd love to get my hands on this one!
what a great bag!!
I have that pattern on my shopping cart and just wondering if I wil be brave enough to make it. I will try this h¡giveaway and then hit the shopping button. Thanks
I've been eyeing up this pattern for a while. It looks great!
I have seen lots of fantastic backpacks popping up, and they all look fantastic! I look forward to your Friday link-ups - found lots of new blogs to inspire me! Thank you.
You did a great job with the back pack. An amazing pattern. I would love to try sewing this bag. Love everything Anna sews. Cheers
This backpack has been featured a bit around blogland, it really does look very smart. Congratulations!
What a fun bag! Good work!
I've been eyeing this pattern...maybe now I'll definitely have to try it!
Fab job on the backpack!
I do not have this one from Noodlehead
Welcome back. I hope you had a good August off. We've missed you....
The colors you chose for the backpack are yummy! The carrot cake looks the same😊
My eldest, a boy, just turned 32 late last month. Dunno how the years flew by so fast. Don't blink! I'd love to win a copy of the pattern. There would definitely have to be some color of green in my fabric choice ! Happy Friday!
That is such a cool back pack. I don't so much sewing besides quilts, but that is one pattern I would like to try.
Love your backpack and need to check out this cookbook. Paula in KY
I really like waxed canvas and as usual you make things so DOABLE! I was lucky enough to take a class with you at the Minnesota quilt show in Duluth a few years ago. I created a Sunday morning quil the Sunday that I named Duluth Morning.
I am soooo glad you're back blogging!!
You have me wanting to buy ANOTHER cookbook!! LOL!
King Arthur flour has lots of good recipes on their website too! Funny, but I thought I was the only one to check out cookbooks from the library,LOL
Carrot cake is perfect any time !
Big fan of noodlehead patterns❤️
I love that pack!!! What a neat fabric.
Love that green canvas! What a fun bag!
I just love this pattern and your bag came out wonderful! Thanks for a chance to win.
LOVE the bag! And I think carrot cake for breakfast sounds great.
Love the bag! Thanks for the chance!
I LOVE that backpack! Going to have to make my own now.
Your backpack picture on Instagram stopped me in my tracks! I'd love to win a copy of the pattern. I've made a couple noodle-head bag patterns but it looks like I need to step up my game with waxed canvas. Always enjoy your blog posts and you're the first one I ever started following.
Love your backpack! You are such an inspiration. I love to bake as well and have never missed with a recipe from the King Arthur Flour website.
This bag is so cool!
Love the bag. Will have to try working with the waxed canvas. The only finish today was emptying my wallet at the Madison Quilt Expo
This bag is adorable! And I LOVE the group photo!
Love your choice of colours and this style of backpack.
Glad to have you back in the blog world. Looking forward to your tutorial on the knitted pin cushion. Have enjoyed reading your new book, and one of these days will actually make a pattern from it.
Yes! Your bag is wonderful and so is the group shot. I do love seeing a whole lineup of finishes when everyone puts her spin on a project. Now I'm off to look at Anna's site. I have heard nothing but rave reviews of her patterns. If you don't hear from me for a while, it's because I've fallen down Anna's rabbit hole. :) Send me a lifeline...
I love this backpack since the day she debuted it! I would love to win the pattern. I am planning to buy it regardless but winning would be awesome! I already bought my fabric for it! Thanks for the giveaway.
Your backpack looks great! I love the sophisticated shape! I've just watched a class on making waxed canvas, so I'm glad to know about this pattern! Thanks for the opportunity!
Oooh, I would love to try Anna's pattern - thank you!
Love be your backpack! I would love to give it a try. Waxed canvas sounds fun!
I love seeing this pattern done in the waxed canvas - I definitely hope to try it. Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway!
I'd love to try this backpack pattern, bet my kids would love one, too. Thanks for the opportunity!
Thank you for the opportunity to win a really fabulous pattern!
Your blog was one of the first ones I found, and I still really enjoy reading it! Love your humour and sense of fun! And the backpack was great!
Wow! That backpack turned out beautiful! I like the colors you chose. And I have to agree that the noodlehead pattern are awesome even though I don't have this one yet.
Ein wunderschöner Rucksack, ich glaube es ist wirklich sehr schwer so etwas zu nähen!
Lovely and cool bag! I love to joint the give away! 😃💛
Sew very pretty!
That backpack is absolutely on my "must see" list!
The backpack looks so profesional. aubphg (at) hotmail ( dot ) com
Yum - carrot cake... and a backpack
Cake and a bag.. what more could a girl ask for!!
I love your backpack, I think seeing yours is going to give me the incentive to get sewing. It's a shame I can't link anything but now September is here it's time to find some sewing time. Have a good day
Great job on that backpack! Thanks for all the inspiration through the years!
What a great project for a retreat. Would LOVE to win this pattern.
Looks great!! I need to try waxed canvas!
Your backpack looks so professional. Congrats on a job well done!
King Arthur recipes are so great! Love the backpack
Your backpack is my inspiration! I love the colors you chose. I already have the pattern so don't include me in the drawing but I just had to tell you how much I love your backpack!
Your bag looks so professional. I have never used waxed canvas but really think I need to make this one.
I would love to win. My daughter is expecting a baby in a few months, this would be a great bag for her.
I love the King Arthur cookbook I would highly recommend the gingerbread although I don't put in the crystallized ginger or do the syrup it's still excellent! THanks for the giveaway the backpack looks awesome!
This looks like a great bag! I love the waxed canvas. And I'm sure all of my guys would love one!
I love this bag and want to make it. I'm presently in the process of putting together a retreat center that I would love you to see. Just bought my first accent pieces yesterday at an antique sale. I will get in touch with you as it progresses.
Love the backpack and carrot cake...going to make both!
Great Backpack! Thanks for the chance to win the pattern. Happy Birthday to your oldest!
What a fabulous backpack! Thanks for the generous giveaway!
Those backpacks are the coolest! It would be great to have as a carry on for a trip.
I have had carrot cake for breakfast a few times myself. Good job on both projects!
So nice to have you and your enthusiasm back. Love your blog and your bag! Janice.email@example.com
Great backpack. Love those colors.
LOVE this bag! I think my kids would too. They've all 3 been using the same backpacks for about 4 years (we homeschool so they're usually only used about once a week for co-op) and never complained. I know they'd love to choose their own patterns and have new ones though I'm sure. ;)
I'd love a chance to try this great backpack! Thanks
Thanks for this opportunity! Wendy Close
Love the Range backpack and would love to make one for myself! Love to follow your posts and those of Noodlehead.
Gorgeous bag and just the perfect project for the fall. I would love to make one (or more!) for gifts. Thank you for a great giveaway and always inspiring me!
What an awesome bag - checking out the waxed canvas now, never heard of it before. I love making bags.
Thanks for sharing!
I have ever used waxed canvas and have been interested in trying it on a project. This would be just the project I was looking for! Thanks for the opportunity!
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Your backback as well as all the others ARE very professional looking. Well done! May I ask what size machine needle you used? And thanks for hosting!
A member of my quilt group just made one of these with a leather bottom! Love it!
So glad your back! I was smitten as soon as I first saw this backpack. Am going to purchase the pattern if I don't win it. I want to make a mini version for my 4 year old granddaughter.
The backpacks you all made look great! Such fun colors. I can definitely see myself with one of those using the pattern I won. Give your son a great big hug from all your blog fans :)
This backpack I would certainly make. Very professional looking. Thanks! I enjoy your blog.
What a lovely backpack and that waxed canvas looks great!
You've found one of the best cookbooks around! That's one of my favorites and a steadfast, trusty friend. Travels well in a backpack for reading in the wild. :)
Your bag is great! Trying new fabrics is daunting for me too. I agree with you about Noodlehead patterns, they're excellent! Thank you for the give-a-way opportunity!
That is a lovely backpack! Very professional looking! I've never worked with waxed canvas before. Maybe I need to try! Thanks for the chance to win.
What a great backpack. You did a great job!
I love your backpack! I have never used waxed canvas but keep seeing projects with it and I think I need some in my life! This pattern would be fantastic to try with the canvas.
I love, love, love that backpack. It looks so professionally made and I'd love to add one of those to my collection of tote bags.
I love this backpack ! It looks very professionnal. I bought Anna's book, her paterns are beautiful. Thank you for your blog !
Your backpack is awesome
This is the first bag pattern that has really tempted me to make one! Great picture of all the different bags made. Thanks for the chance to win the pattern.
I love this backpack!
I love your backpack and would enjoy making one.
Wow those turned out awesome! I so enjoy your blog AND YOUR BOOKS! Great stuff! Keep up the good work!
I've never been interested in making or carrying a backpack, but this one is perfect! I tend to put too much stuff in my handbag that hangs on my shoulder, which causes pain. This should alleviate that!
Your bag is phenomenal!! I love Anna's projects but am a little intimidated by them-- your post makes me want to try!! Great idea to share the experience at a retreat.
I am really glad that you are back. That is a great looking bag! Love the chance at winning so that I can make it.
First, the backpack is awesome, and it reminds me the importance of trying something new. When I was a teenager I made my dad a down vest, and I had that same "actually made" feeling. He wore that vest a ton, and it made me feel special. I had that about that vest for a long time until I read your entry. Thank you!
Second, who doesn't love carrot cake for birthdays and breakfast. Yes please!
That back pack is perfect. I love that the top is square rather than round with a zipper. This way, it is very useful for carrying tablets or pads of paper for outdoor painting and sketching. Bags of all sorts have become my favorite projects. Well done, thank you for sharing.
Love your backpack! What a great idea to make them as a group, and I love the group photo!
Your backpack is *beautiful!*
Perfect choices!... Love that green!
Amanda Jean, I am very curious about the waxed fabric... (Love the look!)... Are there any particular tips or cautions you can give to someone new to this?? Did you encounter any issues with wax and your sewing machine???
It's amazing, isn't it, how fast our babies grow up?!! It seems like only a "little while ago" my youngest son was born... then 17... and tomorrow he will be 34!!!!!
*Happy Birthday!* to your son!!!
I.too, love Anna's patterns. She does a great job with instructions and accompanying pictures. Love this bag, thanks for showcasing.
What a fabulous pack! And I completely agree about Noodlehead patterns--they are so professionally designed and the finished projects make you proud. Very nice job!
Please don't enter me in the giveaway, but I do want to say that your backpack DOES look very professional! All of them do. I think that making those backpacks in a group of friends must have been lots of fun. Also, thanks for the recipe book tip. I've been getting more and more into bread-baking, and King Arthur brand comes up a lot. Apparently they make some sort of basket for raising bread that helps it keep it's shape for baking. I'll be looking for the book too! Thanks!
Love your colors on the backpack. I need to get me some waxed canvas, I love the look of it.
Looks Great!! enjoy the bag
That bag is great and so classic looking.....perfect for carrying a new King Arthur Baking Book!
I love the colors you chose—it turned out so beautifully! I think you've almost convinced me that maybe I could be successful sewing something like this. :)
Love your backpack and the color choices are perfect!! Also, thanks for the cookbook recommendation :)
Beautiful backpack! I have been having fun recently just sewing instead of making quilts...... trying something new always leaves me with a sense of accomplishment. Thanks for sharin!
Would love to win the pattern. Thanks.
I love her patterns -- they are easy to follow and always make me feel like a super star for finishing. I also live your color choice-- great way to spice up Fall. Thank you for the giveaway!
Wow, an amazing backpack. It looks so professional...😀 And they look fabulous all lined up together..a very generous giveaway thank you xx
I love your blog! i have been inspired by your projects. The latest I've been doing are pincushions! I would love to try the back pack! Yours turned out beautifully! I love the colors you chose.
Our wedding by caje was carrot cake! Yummy! Thanks for the giveaway. This is a bag I want to make!
Great pack! I love seeing the line up of the six of them. Must have been a fun weekend.
Your backpack looks amazing. I'm always hesitant to make bags (except tote bags) because I'm afraid that mine will look homemade but not in a good way. I'm glad you said that Noodlehead patterns always seem to come out with professional looking results. Gives me confidence to try.
LOVE the backpack! The colors are wonderful. I will have to check out the fabric you used too. I too, find going outside the quilting lines to be hard at times, but I did make a Sew Together bag and was very proud of myself!
I'm not a PDF lover, but I love a Noodlehead project! (The Divided Basket specifically.) This bag looks like a keeper as well!
A beautiful bag! I agree with trying new things outside of your "comfort zone" . This bag would do that for me!
Those bags all look so professional! And what fun to make them all together.
Cute bag! I love the group photo of all the bags. Thanks for offering the give-away.
Your bag is gorgeous ! Great Job. Thanks for the giveaway - would love to make one, too. Love her patterns
Fabulous bag! Love the fabric you used!
I would love to win the pattern, I'm thinking it would be a great bag for Quilt Market
That is such a sweet backpack! I've used several of the Noodlehead patterns, and I love how thorough the instructions are!
Wow. All of the backpacks are so cute, but I have to say I love your colors best. I would really like to make myself a backpack for when we travel, as we are right now. We have a store bought one of course, but its not nearly as cool as if I made it. Thanks for sharing. Love reading your blog.
Great giveaway! Your backpack looks wonderful!
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Maybe we'll see a row of your kids' backpacks when they're done!
OH, I know how you are feeling...my boy turns 18 in a few weeks...3 days before heading off on an adventure with friends to Fiji! Where did my little boy go?! A Range Backpack would be a great "bon voyage" gift. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
I would love to win this I am doing a home made christmas and this would be fantastic for my girls thank you
What a great back pack!!
Oh gosh! These backpacks have been popping up everywhere! They are so cute and trendy. Good for you for expanding your horizons! And what fun, to share with friends. I'd love to win a pattern! Thanks for the chance!
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