When Anna Graham of Noodlehead released her Range Backpack pattern, I immediately wanted to make it! I have been using a Trail Tote pattern from Robert Kaufman as my daily purse but needed a change. In high school, I used a cloth drawstring backpack as my purse and felt Anna’s pattern elevated that design to a whole new level. I kept
stalking looking at the instagram hashtag #rangebackpack for examples.
Finally, two things happened simultaneously and convinced me that I needed to buy the pattern. First, I saw Jess Makes‘ version and asked for her sage advice. Armed with helpful hints, I was also lucky enough to be gifted Arroyo Fabric from Erin Dollar at Cotton and Flax. A Range Backpack was meant to be made!
As with every other Noodlehead pattern I have made (like my Super Tote or Poolside Tote), the instructions are well described with helpful illustrations. She includes helpful cut out labels you can use as you are cutting out your pieces. The cutting and fusing/interfacing take time so I planned to spend afew crafting sessions on each activity. I opted for webbing instead of leather or a fabric loop and added extra quilting to the back panel to compensate for non-home decor/canvas/waved cotton fabric. Anna includes what should be done in that situation.
I love my backpack and have replaced my Trail Tote for now. The fabric combination of Arroyo from Cotton and Flax for Robert Kaufman along with Biology from Sarah Watson for Cloud 9 and these adorable lavender glasses (I can’t find the selvedge! 🙁 ) make this the perfect bag for me.