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A Retro Rucksack!

Hello, and happy Wednesday!
Today I am pumped to be sharing with you my version of Radiant Home Studio's Retro Rucksack!

Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour | Radiant Home Studio

I love this bag!  I am not a bag maker by any stretch (I've made one tote bag), so when Sara of Radiant Home Studio asked me if I'd be interested in joining her blog tour, I really had to think about it!  I didn't want to do her a disservice by destroying her gorgeous pattern.  But the style really appealed to me, so I quickly signed up and put m'big girl pants on.

So happy I did. Between the design and the built-tough construction of this bag, I can safely say it's going to get tons of use!  We're going camping this weekend, and I am stoked to stuff this bag full of... anything! Everything!

The lower fabric is a vinyl called Nassimi Vibe. It's discontinued, so if you want some, act fast!  I love how it looks like a woven fabric but it has the durability of vinyl.  The main floral fabric (brown + florals AGAIN SARAH?! Lol :) is an out-of-print Waverly fabric from the remnant bin at the retail store of the company I work for -! It's truly hazardous heavenly to work there.

Speaking of ALL THE FLORALS, we're having a sale! All floral fabrics are 15% off until July 21st. I'm not asked to advertise these things, just love my job and want to share the awesomeness with you.  Get the florals before I do.

The amazing hardware is from  That transaction was smooth as silk.  They had everything I needed and it arrived super fast.  Will visit them again for sure!

The brown cotton webbing is from this lovely Etsy shop. Another smooth transaction there.  I had also purchased the wider width brown webbing from the same shop for the bags' shoulder straps, but when I sat it all together, it was too much brown. Even for me hahaha. 

So I hemmed and hawed about what to use for those backpack style straps, until I set eyes on my yoga strap.  Ha!  It was the perfect accent to the light grey/blue subtleties in the floral print. It was also exactly the width and length called for in the pattern.  What the what?!  LOVE. IT! Sorry not sorry, yoga strap.

Huge amounts of space.

Recessed zipper to keep all your things safe.

Pockets on either side, perfect for a phone or compact umbrella. So cool.

I failed to get pictures of the inside (DAH!!!), but it's got two perfect pockets - one a large, stabilized patch pocket (ideal for a tablet or book), and the other an easy to install zipped pocket.  Perfection.

I am loving this bag, guys!  It was not hard to make at all - it was smooth and so rewarding! Pick up your copy HERE, and make an awesome rucksack!

Make sure you visit the other stops on the tour - so much creativity, and not a single bag looks alike!

Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour:

 Tuesday, July 15th Quarter Incher || Dandelion Drift 
 Wednesday, July 16th Glitter + Wit || EmmylouBeeDoo 
 Thursday, July 17th Casa Crafty || Behind the Hedgerow 
 Friday, July 18th SewVery || Raspberry Sunshine 
 Saturday, July 19th Mia's Creations || Made By Sara

Have a good day, guys!
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  1. Thank you Sarah! I love that you all have challenged yourselves to do something new and succeeded! Best way to learn! You're hardware is great, and the bottom fabric looks like a great choice for durability.

  2. Thank you for having me, Sara! It was a fantastic sew, and I am *loving* the finished bag!

  3. K, so when you sent me that pic the other day I thought "guess she decided to choose a different fabric for the bottom..." I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT IS VINYL!!! I don't believe you.

  4. Ummm. and I thought clicking on that little image button below would just attach an image to my comment... not make it MY DISQUS PROFILE PICTURE. LOOLOLLOLOLO. L.

    How do you like disqus, anyway??

  5. LOLOL I'll send you a swatch! Address please.

  6. LLLOOOLLL I love you. I like Disqus a lot! Especially in instances like these. :D

  7. Jill Woodson McFeeJuly 16, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    I love this Sarah!! Everything about it is perfect! I especially love a good recessed zip. Bravo!!

  8. You two are cracking me up...Her little grumpy face is so cute. How can you not laugh? :)

  9. This is a really awesome backpack!!



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