This is the Range Backpack by Anna Graham (Noodlehead) and I’m still not exactly sure how I even got started or why I decided I needed to sew up this bag. For one, I kept seeing them pop up in my instagram feed. Two, I felt that a backpack would be nice to take on walks around the neighborhood, or bike rides to the farmers market. Three, I wanted to work with waxed canvas. I’m sure there are other reasons, but mostly I just really liked how it looked!
I bought the waxed canvas from AL Francis Textiles on Etsy and locally from Fancy Tiger and then the bag hardware from So You Need Hardware. The straps and interior fabric is Essex Linen that I also grabbed from Fancy Tiger. This came together way way easier than I could have thought. I cut the fabric and started stitching the straps on a Friday afternoon/evening and then had the whole thing finished by Saturday afternoon. Denver got some snow that weekend, and after a team workout at CrossFit Park Hill I holed myself up in my sewing room and finished it.
As with all of Anna’s patterns, the instructions were so clear. The waxed canvas was awesome to work with as well and was so easy to stitch. I did use a denim needle and polyester thread as recommended.
By Sunday, the sun came out and warmed up to the 60s. Miles and I had to get out of the house and I used this bad as intended – on a walk to the Botanic Gardens. It is perfect and I love it.