Back to school: RABBIT RUCKSACK

You’ll score major points with any toddler with this rabbit rucksack, perfect for lunches or sports clothes. The ladies of NUÏ explain how to make one.

THE FABRIC
We used a light cotton in two different colours and/or prints.

MATERIALS
• Fabric 1 (bottom): 30 cm
• Fabric 2 (top and lining): 60 cm
• Silk thread: white
• Silk thread (decorative thread): tone-on-tone colour to match fabric 2
• Cotton cord⌀8 mm – L 220 cm
• Pattern tracing paper
• Drawing supplies
• Pompom ⌀ 8 cm

PATTERN/DIMENSIONS
Rucksack dimensions: approx. h 38 cm – w 28 cm
Pattern piece 1 (bottom): rectangle, h 26 x w 30 cm
Pattern piece 2 (top): rectangle, h 16 x w 30 cm
Pattern piece 3 (lining): rectangle, h 40 x w 30 cm
Pattern piece 4 (rabbit ears): fold a piece of paper in half. Draw half a rabbit ear, with a height of 15 cm, on the fold. Draw a seam allowance of 1 cm around the outside. Cut through both layers and fold open.

Important! A seam allowance of 1 cm is included for all pattern pieces, except for the rabbit ears.

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS
Cut the pattern pieces out of the pattern paper and pin these to the fabric. Cut as follows:
• Fabric 1: pattern piece 1 > cut out twice
• Fabric 2: pattern pieces 2 & 3 > cut out twice
• Fabric 2: pattern piece 4 > cut out four times

Press the various pattern pieces at. Lay the pattern pieces of 4 both on top of each other with the right sides matching. Pin and sew into place at 1 cm all the way around. Leave the top (the part that will be stitched between the seams of pattern pieces 1 & 2) open! Make little nicks in the seam allowance perpendicular to the seam (right up to the seam) at all the curves. Turn the ears inside out and press at.

Pin the rabbit ears to the top edge of pattern piece 1 at 10 cm from the side. Sew into place using a tacking stitch at 0.8 cm from the edge. Sew pattern pieces 1 and 2 together; see illustration below.

First, press the seam allowance open and then press it towards the top. Add a decorative stitch along the seam. Do this at 2 mm from the top side of the seam, so on pattern piece 2. Do this using a colour of silk thread that matches fabric 2.

Place the front pattern piece (with the rabbit ears) against the back pattern piece, with the right sides matching. Sew the sides and bottom into place at 1 cm. Important: leave a small opening at the bottom of the side seams (this is for the shoulder ‘straps’ that you attach at the end).

Pin the front and back panels of pattern piece 3 (lining) with the right sides matching. Sew the sides and bottom into place at 1 cm. Important: leave a 10 cm opening at the bottom (you will need this to reverse your rucksack). Press the seam allowances open.

You now have two bags, the outer bag with rabbit ears and the lining bag. Slide the lining bag into the outer bag with the right sides matching exactly. Pin the top edges of the two bags together and sew into place at 1 cm. Press the seam allowances open. Turn the bag inside out via the opening in the lining. Press the seams at.

Now, we’re going to make a casing to hold the shoulder straps. Sew a decorative stitch along the upper edge of the bag, all the way around at 2 mm from the edge. Sew a second decorative stitch at 2.2 cm from the edge this time. Rip both side seams between the two decorative stitches. This is the opening for the casings. Cut the cotton cord into two equal pieces (2 x 110 cm). Thread one cord through the front casing and the other through the back casing.

Pin the ends of the cords to the seam allowance at the opening at the bottom of the side seams. Turn the back inside out again and sew the openings closed at 1 cm (with the ends of the shoulder straps between them). Thin out the seam allowance at the corners. Reverse the bag again. Sew the opening closed using a blind stitch. Push the lining into the bag. Sew the pompom to the bottom at 8 cm.

And you’re finished!

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