Crocheted afghan, modified backpack, and a hand-sewn quilt… oh my!

Posted by on March 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm.

Tomorrow, I have a few items to share for Work in Progress Wednesday; One is my first big crochet project that I’m slowly creating… So what’s the project? It’s a Yo-Yo afghan! Tomorrow, I’ll post pictures of my work in progress, along with tutorials I stumbled upon yesterday.

Three happy kids

The other work in progress item is actually finished, now.  I modified my daughters Monster High backpack. My daughter loves the Monster High dolls. Shocking, since she really hasn’t paid too much attention too dolls until last spring. I purchased the Monster High backpack before the school year started. I won’t be purchasing anything like that again.

This backpack would be fine for kids having a sleepover,  carrying extra items, but it’s not ideal for a kid who has a lot of books/homework. My daughter is in third grade, and the students carry several books home daily. Because of the amount of books she was carrying, the stress from having those books crammed into her backpack broke the cheaply made zipper.  I remember when zippers teeth were made out of metal. Grrr…

Part of the backpack transformation involved, removing the old zipper with my seam ripper.  The old zipper was upgraded to a heavy duty metal zipper that I ripped out of and old computer bag that was given to me but I never used. My Macbook Pro is 17″, that computer bag only fits computers up to 15″.

I keep my MackBook Pro in the  Brenthaven 17-Inch ProLite III shoulder case. Even though I didn’t need it, I held onto the smaller computer bag, ‘just in case’ and this time, being a packrat paid off, since I was able to utilize the old zipper in my daughters backpack.

After machine sewing the zipper to my daughters backpack. I added one embellishment. I made a crochet yo-yo, and attached it to her backpack. She loves her ‘new’ backpack

In other news…

Because of the amount of time and detail it’ll take to make the numerous crocheted Yo-Yo’s, I most likely will be holding off, making a quilt, until my Yo-Yo afghan is complete.

I’m hoping I can start working on a simple hand-sewn quilt by July. I had every intention to start working on a hand-sewn quilt sometime this month. I’ll have to put that on hold until July before I start. With my local quilting group, we have two quilters who hand sew their quilts. They’ve brought in some of them, and they’re absolutely breathtaking. Knowing that I have some experts right at my fingertips will come in handy if I run into any problems.

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