Introducing the Charlie Convertible Backpack! This pattern has been in the works since fall 2019, interrupted by two high risk pregnancies, a newborn, and a global pandemic. So I bet you can guess how happy I am to have this one finished!!! The irony is that it’s really a simple, straightforward bag. It is a tote with a big front pocket, an inside divided, pleated pocket, and an inside zippered pocket. The two straps allow for a seamless conversion between a backpack and a tote.
See the straps in action!
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If curvy pockets aren’t your thing, I’ve included a diagonal pocket option. And if a backpack isn’t something you’ll ever need, this bag makes a generously sized cross-body bag (although the cross-body bag strap instructions aren’t included, but I have confidence in you!)
Get your copy of the Charlie Convertible Backpack right here and start sewing today!
THANK YOU TESTERS!!!
Even with a huge break, my testers jumped right in on this one and I am so thankful. I am so excited to share their bags! I also want to mention that I will often receive an email asking to buy a finished bag – I do not sell the bags that I sew, but many of these wonderful people do!!
Cara used a gorgeous combination of waxed canvas, Essex Linen, and quilting cotton. You’ll find all of Cara’s creations at Early Bird Stitches on Instagram and Facebook.
Veshka created this stunning version with thin vinyl and waterproof canvas! Click over to @iknitsdesigns on Instagram for more amazing things!
Margareth tests a lot of bag patterns, so if you want to see what’s new in the bag making world, check out @maggiemadebags on Instagram! This one is made with Cotton + Steel fabric.
Candy (aka Grandma G) shared this cloudy bag on a sunny day – made with gold canvas and quilting cotton. She so graciously showed us her (bag) bottom. :) You’ll find Candy on Instagram @grandma_g415 and blogging at A Photo’s Worth.
Next is Lynn, who used grape Mora faux vinyl from Emmaline Bags and quilting cotton. The Mora works so well in this bag. You’ll find Lynn at LBP Bespoke on Instagram.
As I look back and see that the last post here was in April 2020, I realized some of you who may not follow me on social media probably missed a few things. I’ve had a few messages about Sammy – Sam passed away last year after 18 months of having no idea she was sick with failing kidneys. Her under-desk duties have been graciously filled by four-year-old Black Lab (Captain) Jack (Barkness), who’s grandma Rider actually helped train Sammy and Loki! Jack is the most polite dog I’ve ever met. While he has the athletic ability of his agility champion cousins, he has absolutely no motivation to do more than snooze on the sofa. So instead of winning ribbons, he won his own baby. He is absolutely, 100% in love with Charlie. And Charlie is completely mesmerized by Jack.
Well I guess you didn’t get bored during lockdown! I felt guilty for enjoying the uninterrupted sewing time, and also gained a new puppy which as you know fills the hours with fun! You haven’t mentioned Bob in your update, did he build himself a tardis in the backyard?
Love the new pattern, Erin!