Leikkipäivän Kantoreppu

Playday Backpack

Spring is coming with a bang, and it's finally time to take dolls and soft toys with you, for example, for a run or a bike ride!
National Play Day is celebrated on Saturday, April 22. and in the mood of Play Day, Tuunaritarinas designed a carrier bag for small doll caregivers and soft toy guardians, where your beloved doll or soft toy can travel safely on the child's back or stomach while looking at the scenery.

A densely woven outdoor fabric is perfect for the fabric, which is also more weatherproof than basic cottons. For the outdoor fabric, you need another fabric as a companion, as if for lining, and it could very well be colorful cotton, sheet fabric or, for example, your father's or grandfather's discarded shirt, from which you can use large and uniform pieces of fabric. You can also make a carrier completely out of outdoor fabric.

You should start by examining the dimensions of the doll or soft toy. The length of the back piece should be from the top of the doll's head to below the butt. Likewise, you should measure the front flap to be long enough, approximately under the doll's chin under the butt, and about 5 cm extra to allow the doll to sit in the bag. In this sample model, the arms and legs are designed to come out of the side opening, but you can also modify the model so that the flap is lower and its upper edge stays under the doll's armpits, i.e. the hands hang over the flap.

Cut both parts of the front piece, i.e. the flap and the back piece, from your favorite fabrics. Cut the front side of the flap (the red side in the model) a little lower than the back side, so that the edge of the fabric on the back side can be turned to decorate the front side.

Sew the flap parts together along the edges with right sides facing each other. Turn the job. If you want, you can finish the upper edge of the patterned fabric with a seam and leave the stitching visible. Turn the overhanging edge of the patterned fabric over to the front of the flap for decoration.

Turn the excess corners of the patterned fabric neatly inside between the fabrics, and if you wish, make a hem on the edge of the patterned fabric (or leave the seam edge visible). Sew the hem with a straight stitch. Also take care of the edges of the entire flap with a straight stitch, so that they remain neat even in clips.

Do a little research on the child's measurements and cut shoulder straps from both fabrics such that the carrier fits snugly on the child's back, but can still be put on and off easily. If you want, you can of course add tightening buckles to the shoulder straps, making it easier to change the size of the straps according to the child's needs. Place the strips wrong sides facing each other, fold the edges from both sides inward, and pin the strips ready to sew. Sew the edges of the strips closed with a straight stitch.

Attach the flap by first aligning the centers of the lower parts and then placing the flap in a slightly bag-like fashion so that the doll or soft toy can fit between the flap and the back. Attach the corners of the flap to the back piece. Place the parts of the back piece right sides together, the flap piece stays between them.

You can place the shoulder straps from their lower part between the back pieces, so that the straps stay between the parts of the back piece when sewing. At this point, you should be very careful with the alignment of the strips, so that they come in the right places! In the example picture, the strips are placed badly and had to be disassembled and realigned in the correct places. Sew the back pieces together.
You can also leave out the straps at first and just sew the back pieces (with the flap inside) together. Turn the job. Make small slits in the lower part of the back piece in places suitable for the laces, thread the laces in place and sew the slits closed and the laces in place with a straight stitch. This way you can align the strips exactly to the right places.

Place the upper ends of the strips on the upper edge of the back, turn the edges of the fabric slightly inwards and pin. Sew the edge closed with a straight stitch.

If you want, you can sew a "support quilt" around the entire back piece up to the edges, so the baby carrier stays in its shape better, even if the games are fast-paced.

Happy play day everyone! Enjoy the spring weather.

When you finish your own baby carrier and post a picture of it on Facebook, please also tag @tuunaritarinat and @kassakirpu in your post.

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