I’ve been sewing. I just haven’t been writing about it. Between travel, hosting an exchange student, and LIFE, well, I’m not doing a great job of documenting my life.
Last week, I tried my hand at the Range Backpack by Noodlehead after my friend Aaronica over at The Needle and the Belle told me about a bag that she wanted to make. I love every single Noodlehead pattern that I have tried, and I didn’t expect for this one to be any different. The lines are always clean, and construction is always a breeze. Yes, these will be in the shop, and you won’t have to worry about figuring out how to make one for yourself.
This was also my first time working with waxed canvas. I’m not sure that I’m fully invested yet. It was quite easy to work with, but it is weird feeling, and I’m just that type of person when it comes to textures. Yes, even with sewing.
I know that there are a TON of ways that I can modify this, and I’m looking to figure out just how I will be doing it. Customs can happen to if you are very well versed in fabric prints that you may like.
I’m not too sure that I would carry a lot of heavy things in this bag though. I’m still experimenting with it, and seeing just how much of my stuff can fit into it. I know that my laptop and a notebook can fit, but not my camera gear. That could also be because my camera is pro level, and the lenses are HEAVY. The perils of being a gear head. For reference, I have the Nikon D750 with four different lenses. My 105 mm being the heaviest that I have. I’m playing around with reinforcing stitches where stress can happen (straps, and closures) and figuring out if to just put a weight limit in the description so folks don’t think they can put the kitchen sink in there.
As with all bags, I make a test one first (that’s the one up above with the waxed canvas) and I made another in just canvas. I do like the feel of this much more. As I said, it’s a texture thing for me. I also have a heavier weight waxed canvas being shipped to me, so I’m going to sew that up this week as well.
This purple one was made and didn’t take long outside of my machine not registering the fact that it had thread in it. The purple with gray and yellow is a nice combo if I do say so myself! The pockets in this are also a different yellow print, so it’s adding an even great pop of yellow in there.
Overall, it took a little under two hours to cut and sew these beauties up, and I’m sure, once I get an assembly line going, I will be able to complete quite a few of them in an afternoon. Now to photograph them properly and list them. What else would you all like to see? Don’t worry though, I have two more Noodlehead patterns that I’ve sewn up recently that I’m going to blog about as well!