I'm a little bummed I didn't know how to make bags last year. Last Christmas we got my brother and sister-in-law a bunch of stuff to make sushi, since they don't live anywhere near an Asian food store. The little bamboo roller, rice paddle, seaweed, chopsticks and all those goodies would have been so fun to put in a little backpack like this, don't you think? I'm crazy about good presentation. Anyway, I've learned my lesson....
Opened--look how it stands straight up like a bucket.
BTW, I made this without a pattern, but it's really easy. Just a circle for the bottom (I traced around a small plate), a tube for the body made from 2 separate pieces, a ring tab sticking out of the bottom of the back to connect the straps, one loooong strap and 8 grommets. I love grommets!!! (I saw this cute little bag on Carol's blog and decided I need to have more grommets in my life.) Everything is reinforced with fusible fleece.
I'm not really a backpack type of person, so this bag works well for me. I can pull both sides of the straps through the top front and just hang it from my shoulder. Yay.
In other exciting news, I had a doc appt. today and we nailed down the date for the c-section. June 15th!! 10 weeks and 2 days until we get to meet the little squirt!