William has been asking me for a long time for a back pack. I would occasionally look in stores, but most all back packs are just huge for a 3 year old. I mentioned to my crafty friend Jill that I wanted to try and sew William a back pack and she printed me a pattern. It's a pattern from made by Rae. Pretty simple looking, cute and functional for a 3 year old. My adult ed sewing class started this month on Monday nights so I took the project with me. I accomplished more than I thought I would the first night seeing as the first step was to use a zipper foot and attach piping and a zipper to my pattern pieces! Never done any of this before (used a zipper foot, piping or zippers) I was impressed with how it all came out! The next class I made the straps and tried to figure out how strap adjusters worked. Once I got all that figured out I sewed the rest at home when the boys went to bed. I think it came out pretty good for my first attempt as something new. William LOVES his back pack and has slept with it in his bed for the past two nights since I finished it. He wore it all day today, and yesterday and it is already filled with lots of "treasures". I think it looks adorable on him and the size is perfect. He told me today that I need to make a matching one for Zachary now :) Hooray for a project complete and a happy boy!