Toddler Back Pack Tutorial

 
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As many of you know, my Ellie has a severe peanut allergy.  I used to keep her Epipen and Benadryl in my purse, but sometimes when she was with someone other than me we’d forget her Epipen.  She needed a bag that she could bring with her at all times.  It needed to be comfortable, easy to carry and roomy enough for all of her allergy stuff.  Thus, the Toddler Epipen Back Pack was born.  If your little one doesn’t have food allergies, I bet he/she would still love a back pack just their size!
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***Optional***if you are using a thinner fabric such as quilting cotton you will need some iron-on interfacing to make the bag less flimsy.  Just iron it onto the outer fabric and follow the rest of the instructions.
 
This back pack fits my two-year-old and my four-year-old.  Using elastic for the straps makes it nice and comfy as your child grows :-).  
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Take your pocket piece and fold each side down 1/4″ and press, then repeat.  Stitch across the top of the pocket.  Sew pocket to lining fabric as shown:
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Now we’re going to sew the elastic straps to the outer fabric.  You’ll zig zag on the under side of the elastic so the stitches are hidden.
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Fold the outer piece of fabric so that the bottom corners meet up with the top corners and press so you have a line.  Then unfold.  Sew the elastic 1″ above that line and at least 2″ from the side edges of the fabric. 
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Again, zig zag the under side of the elastic. 
Now you’re going to pin the outer and lining fabrics, right sides together, and sew all the way around, leaving a 3″ opening at the bottom for turning.  Sew, turn, press, and topstitch all the way around.  (Not pictured.)
 
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To make the bottom of the bag flat:
 
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Now all you have to do is install the snaps and you’re done!  

As you can see, she loves it so much she doesn’t want to take it off!

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Dolly by Handmaiden Canada.  
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Stay tuned for a dolly-sized version!
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