Friday, November 13, 2015

Eclectic Elements - Backpack

Hello friends! Have you heard about the 
Tim Holtz Creative Journey Block Challenge with Eclectic Elements Fabric? There is lots of prizes…even a Bernina sewing machine. WOW! 

Join in and create your very own 12" x 12" quilt block using Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric inspired by your creative journey.

Now through January 11, 2016, post on the Make It Coats Facebook page your 12" x 12" block made from Tim Holtz's fabric. Be sure to hashtag your block with #TimHoltzEclecticElements & #BerninaUSA to be entered.

Tim and a team of experts will select their favorite blocks which will be sewn into a quilt and featured at the Spring International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City May 2016. The best part is, your block could win one of our 24 fantastic prizes which include a Bernina sewing machine and yards of
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric!

Quilt block must consist of approximately 95%
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric
Block must be 12" x 12."
Block must be posted to the Make it Coats Facebook page HERE on or before 1/11/16 for consideration. >
Contest is open from 11th November 2015 until 11th January 2016. Winners will be announced after 22nd January 2016.

As you all know I love to sew and Quilt Market was just a few weeks ago. I will be posting all the projects I made in the next couple of weeks. 
Backpack for Fall Quilt Market 2015
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric 
Main fabric: Entomology
Accent fabric: Diamonds
Linning: French Script
Pattern: Simplicity #1388
The pattern includes a few styles of backpacks and a messenger bag. 

The pattern was pretty easy to follow. I did altered the pattern slightly by omitting the front pocket and adding the front band with contrasting fabric, hardware and the metal closure. 

The pouch pocket on the side can hold lots of goodies. 

The #6 patch on the flap is a fun detail that adds interest and the bugs are fun! I think my 10 year old Grandson would love this! 

Adjustable straps were added for a comfortable fit. There's even a loop at the top to hang up the backpack when not in use.  

A drawstring closure around the top helps keep all your items safe. 

I've been working on a new Christmas Card series for my blog and it all starts Monday! I hope you will join in on the FUN… won't want to miss it! 

Thanks for stopping in!


  1. This project is SOOOOOO gorgeous! You are such a master seamstress! Mind blown. (As always!) XO

  2. Wow, wow, wow Richele, this is fantastic! The patterns of fabric you chose are amazing and if your Grandson gets to use this backpack he will be thrilled to bits! Anne xx

  3. Richele you work is STUNNING! I can send you my address ????? It is really fabulous! Barbarayaya

  4. Gorgeous bacpack. Great idea to use these lovely fabrics this way. You added such fabulous details.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  5. No, your 10-year-old grandson wouldn't like it ... I would!!! Can we place orders? haha

  6. Wow, this is just fabulous. You are very talented.

  7. Beautiful project, Richele. Thinking about entering a quilt block gives me an excuse to buy more Tim fabric!

  8. Great backpack Richele, those fabrics are so wonderful! Deb xo

  9. Great job. That ought to get anyone sewing. What a wonderful gift idea.

  10. Beyond fabulous!!! I SO WANT it!!! You are a wonderful seamstress!!!

  11. Love Love LOVE the fabrics and how you combined them in the backpack!

    I've made a few backpacks myself, and now I'm inspired to make another!