Back to School!!

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the blog-o-sphere.  I am so happy to be a part of this blog tour hosted by Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jube Jube. This is a BIG tour.  There are 30 bloggers.  Lots of prizes. A sew-a-long. Yes, a sew-a-long. Coupon codes and a GRAND PRIZE!!! I mean what else could you possibly want? All of the prize info is at the end of the post.


I can not believe that my baby boy is starting Kindergarten in 3 weeks.  THREE WEEKS ya’ll.  Facebook shows me his newborn pictures almost everyday.  I remember him being born like it was yesterday, I remember thinking to myself that I have so much time before he was 5. Let alone going to KINDERGARTEN.  Well folks, he was born yesterday and in 3 weeks he’s going to Kindergarten. KINDERGARTEN.

He did preschool and pre-K and I stayed up all night and made him a book bag.  He loved it and told everyone that I made it for him.  He carried that bag for 2 years.  So, I guess being that he’s going to KINDERGARTEN (I’m handling this well.) he needs a new bookbag.

I chose to make the (Not So) Tiny Explorer Backpack by Diedelbug Handmade.  If you visit Erin’s blog there are modifications to turn the Tiny Explorer into the Not So Tiny Explorer. I stuck with what I know.  His Tiny Explorer lasted him for 2 years. Even with all the wet glue that was constantly put in his bag, it lasted.  Maybe it was the glue that kept it together…

Anyway, I like how the Not So Tiny Explorer has the cool cargo pocket and the piping just adds a little extra.  For those of you that know me, you know that I am always proclaiming loudly to anyone that will listen that fabric glue is your friend.  Please, if you don’t have some go get some.  You can even use Elmer’s school glue sticks.  The glue made the piping 100,000 times easier to sew. It looks good, no? In addition to the cargo pocket, one of the modifications is to add height with a contrast panel.


My son picked out all of his fabric, and he thinks he likes Mario Bros. all on his own.  We’ll just let him think that.  I love how it turned out and he’s ready for KINDERGARTEN (I am not.)


Be sure to check out all of the other talented bloggers in this tour.  Today’s blogs are:

Filles à MamanSew Happily Ever AfterTales of a Tester5 Out of 4 PatternsThe Crafting FiendLulu & Celeste

As promised, here is the rest of the good stuff:

Today’s prize is 1 PDF pattern from StitchART (The Crafting Fiend) and 1 PDF pattern from 5 Out Of 4 Patterns
*excludes bundles
Runs from August 24 12:00 am EDT until August 25th at 11:59pm EDT.

Follow this link to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway !


Coupon Codes!!!

Designs by Call Ajaire: Get  20% off in their Etsy shop with code BTS2016. Code valid from August 22nd through August 27th.

E+M Patterns: Save 50% with the code backtoschool on their website or in their Etsy shop. Code valid until August 27th at 11:59pm PST.

MODKID: Get 25% off  your entire purchase in their Etsy shop with code BTS2016. Code valid from August 22nd through August 27th.

Love Notions: Get 20% off all kids patterns with the code loveschool. Code valid from August 22nd through August 27th.

Sew Happily Ever After: Get the Nana’s totes pattern at 50% off with the code BACK2SCHOOL2016. Code good through August 31st.

Laela Jeyne Patterns: 30% off Any Single Pattern, No Code needed. From August 25-29th, 2016.

StitchART: 20% off with the code back2school in their Etsy shop. Valid from Aug 22nd – 28th, 2016.

Gracious Threads: Buy 3 patterns and save 15% off the purchase price! Use code SAVE15ON3. No expiry

The Eli Monster: Save 20% with the code yayforfall. Code valid until August 29th, 2016.

Filles à Maman: Get 25% off with the code BTS2016. Can be used on their website or in their Etsy shop. Code valid from August 24th through August 28th midnight EDT.

Whimsy Couture: Get 50% off, no code needed! End August 31st, 2016.

5 Out of 4 Patterns: Save 20% with code BTS2016. Valid from August 22nd-28th midnight EDT. Cannot be used on fabric.

Snuggle My Baby Patterns: Save 25% with code BTS2016. Valid until August 31st, 2016.

Thank you to all of the sponsors!!Sponsors B2S

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Aurélie B says:

    Oh waoooooooo ! Amazing !!!!


  2. Kathy E. says:

    Your handsome little guy is going back to school in style! What a fantastic job on the backpack, Mom! I am also a fan of fabric glue and have a few different brands that I go to for helping me out in tight situations.


  3. Jess says:

    I need to use piping on my next backpack… what a professional touch it gives! great pack!


  4. Sarah says:

    Your backpack is great! And your son is adorable! He will be admired by the class for his awesome backpack!


  5. Pam says:

    Such a cute backpack on an adorable little boy!


  6. Glenda Morrow says:

    great job on back pack! you can tell he is proud to wear it!


  7. Karen C says:

    Love the backpack. He looks so excited to go to school.


  8. madebymrsb says:

    I just finished sewing my first ever bag, and it was also my first time using a glue stick to baste things in place…it makes an amazing difference!
    His backpack looks great, and he’s going to rock kindergarten. 🙂


  9. Shawna says:

    You have the best model, and that backpack looks amazing!


  10. itsliesel says:

    Oh, that bag is amazing!!!


  11. Velerie says:

    Nice job! He looks so proud 😊


  12. Isabelle says:

    Lovely!! Should do two before monday, but do not think I will have time!


  13. Christina says:

    So awesome! The bag looks amazing, love the fabric!


  14. QueenSasha says:

    WOW soooooo adorable! Fantastic job.


  15. Kerrie says:

    Your boys are so cute, even if just sleeping 🙂 ….well done on the backpack!!


  16. Abbey says:

    THIS FABRIC IS AMAZING!!! Love how you were to continue the theme with the lining as well.


  17. Ula says:

    Your backpack is amazing! Love the fabric and the piping. I know exactly how you feel about him starting Kindergarten, it was the same when my oldest started K last year. I blinked and suddenly she was 5! Thank you so much for being on our tour!


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