Tuesday, November 12, 2013

For the Boys

I was going to make a baby boy quilt for this hop, then inspiration struck. Hard.

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know that I've got three boys. ages seven, nine, and thirteen and if you read about our field trip to the Ape Caves, you might also remember that they're just a bit obsessed with all things sasquatch related.

Which inspired my For the Boys project, a backpack for lugging home library books.


I'm now committed to make two more of these -- one Zombie Outbreak Response Team and one with a Chupacabra on it, requested by the same kid who wanted the possum costume for Halloween.  Does anyone else think he enjoys messing with me? I'll put together a tutorial when I do the second round of backpacks.


I boxed the bottom and the whole thing is padded and lined and double-stitched. I've destroyed so many book bags over the years that if I'm going to make one it's going to be STRONG. My Nancy Drew Bag is still holding up to our weekly library runs, so I borrowed a lot of the same construction techniques.

I think I tend to get so giddy about the cute girly stuff on Pinterest that I forget how much neat boy stuff I've actually made for my sons over the years. There was the jet pack made from spray painted died Coke bottles.  The dead fish hat and shark hat...the felted fireman hat...the dinosaur quilt... not to mention a whole lot of other quilts and sweaters.


Make sure to visit today's other bloggers -- Dachsies with MoxiePatchouli Moon StudioIt Seams to Be Sew..., Scrappy n HappyLoves to Quilt , Factotum of ArtsJackie's Art QuiltsLiving with purpose

This post is linked to I Gotta Try ThatSew Much AdoFinish it Up FridayCan I get a Whoop Whoop?Get Crafting FridayPinworthy Projects, and Freedom FridaysWonderful at Home, and Inspired Friday.

50 comments:

Baa. xxx said...

What a great team of boys you have. that is a brilliant bag - happy hunting!

withajoyfulheart said...

These are great. Super cute model!

charlotte said...

Great Job! What a fun and useful project.

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

Great library bag, love how it is a backpack!

Mdm Samm said...

great pic and backpack glad you join us

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Mdm Samm said...

ok, I see the list on the bottom…need coffee…my first of the day would help lol

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

That is a great idea...he looks so cute out hunting..

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Practical idea and great execution!

Thearica said...

Cute backpack...

patchouli moon studio said...

Great bag!

Susan said...

I would say they are messing with you because you are so creative and they love you and you love them.

StitchinByTheLake said...

So fun....wonderful creativity going on at your house, both you and the boys too! blessings, marlene

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Great idea for a book bag! Would love my own zombie backpack!

Jo said...

This turned out so cute. I love it!!

krislovesfabric said...

This is so much fun!! That bag looks perfect! Love the ideas your boys come up with...I remember the days of Scooby Doo around here when mine was younger and the Chupacabra episode was a fave! Did I miss the possum post?

Linda said...

Great backpack! I raised three sons, so I know what it's like to drool over the little girl stuff! But, wow, boys grow up into such wonderful men! Your efforts for them will not go unremembered!

Sandy Rowe said...

Wow, a houseful of boys, you are very lucky! Great book bag! I remember the days of Chupacabaa growls around the house!

Just Quilt It said...

Great book bag!

Joyce Carter said...

Good morning, Michelle. You did a great job making the bag. It will be very handy when going to the library. It would also make a great bag to use when they are going to Grandmas house. Thank you for sharing.

Vickie said...

Your son looks like he's hunting Sasquatch in the woods as he models his awesome bag....great idea!

Carol said...

Great bag and cute model...love this book bag idea!

Heidi said...

Wow, he does throw hard challenges your way - way to tackle that sasquatch!

Sheila said...

Great backpack , perfect for a little boy and his treasures . I also have three boys but they have now grown and have families of their own , enjoy , these are precious years .

Jackie said...

My kids would love that!

thequiltedcat said...

Michelle - love the bag! I took both my nephew and son through the lower Ape Cave this summer. We did the upper cave last summer - very tough!

Lorna McMahon said...

What a great book bag! And very boyish. Your model sure appears to be on quite the mission! Great photos, Michelle!

CeLynn said...

Great idea for the perfect boy bag! I am sure it will be used and loved for years to come.

Leanne Parsons said...

Great bag! It looks like it'll hold up to a lot of library trips.

Createology said...

Your boys are very clever and you made a wonderful library book bag. Thanks "For the Boys" hopping. Creative Stitching Bliss...

Carla said...

I really like that book bag and you have a great model to show it off. Sounds like you will be busy making more.

Judy B said...

Great bag, sew manly! Thank you for sharing.

Linda J said...

The young one is stylin' with is sasquatch bag. I can't imagine making someone a possum costume. Was he teasing you?? I know they often think you can make anything and so far you may not have proven them wrong---shark hats, etc.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Great idea, perfect work and nice pictures, say hello to the handsome boy ☺

Pam @Threading My Way said...

A backpack is a wonderful idea for a book bag... stops it being dragged along the ground.

gpc said...

Super cute! :)

JanesQuilting said...

Oh so cute and what a handsome modfke too.

madebymeinred said...

How great! Such a neat back pack. Great creativity, When you get the other two done be sure to share pictures with us.

Lana said...

I know your boys have loved everything!!! this is really a great idea!

evelyn said...

Cute model! Yep, boys tend to be hard on their things so they have to be strong. Great pattern.

Quilt n Queen said...

Those backpack bags are super cute...a really cool library bag perfect for boys! Thanks for sharing! Happy stitching, Pauline

Amy said...

The bag is sooo boy. Love it and yes I think that boys like to mess with us a bit. Opossum, hahaha, that was too funny!!

Joanne said...

What a wonderful project. I think I have to make a few of these for my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing your creation with us today.

CarolB said...

I enjoyed touring your blog, especially the dinosaur quilt, an on-going phase with my two grandsons. I've made a pair of dino bunk quilts, plus pillow cases, shirts, pajamas ... and I still have so much dino fabric!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Terrific book bag.I like how you personalized it for each boy. Thanks for sharing.

Rose Best said...

Very nice ideas, thanks for sharing

Jess Ramos said...

That is so cool! I definitely want to be that creative when I have kids.
Here's my inspiration

Rachel said...

Really neat backpack!

Sara said...

Boys do have cool stuff to be made:) I have had my share of boy sewing with my 6 year old son. My quilts and pj pants for him are his fave I think:)

Terrific idea for the back pack and he looks thrilled to have it!

LJ said...

Thanks for the reminder of all those boy projects. Books are so heavy and putting that young man to work carrying them in his backpack was super thinking!

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