Last week I shared the backpack I made for my 4 year old to take to preschool.
There were a couple of things I didn't like. The pull string that needed to be tied into a bow wasn't working, even if I replaced them with sliders, it was still an extra step that most 4 year olds (or is it just mine?) don't have the patience for. The top flap with the button was tricky too. I watched my little guy fumble with it and realised he didn't need these extra hassles. He needed to be in and out of his bag, so he could get on with putting his water away, popping his fruit in the basket and sitting on the mat ready to start his kindy session.
So with this in mind, I went back to the drawing board.
I've always loved the shape and design of Charity's toddler backpack, so I thought I'd try modifying it from "toddler" to "preschooler". For this the bag needed to be large enough to hold a lunchbox, water bottle and spare clothes. It also needed a handle on top to hang up and longer shoulder straps. And it needed quick and easy access; a zip.
I added 2 inches to Charity's pattern and lengthened the straps by about 2 inches also. It was enough to make the bag the right size for all my little lad's kindy supplies. I grabbed a pocket I had taken off an old pair of jeans and added it to the side for an easily accessible water bottle holder.
My preschooler gave it the seal of approval, deciding that this indeed should be his new bag and lamenting the fact that he is currently on school holidays and has no need of it just yet!