I know I may be losing credibility when I say this over and over again, but sewing is hard for me. I can knit and watch a movie, or talk with a friend, or even read a book if it's not a complicated pattern. And when I'm done with a knitted item, I typically think to myself, "Hey...that looks pretty good," and go on with my day.
Pulling out the sewing machine is much more of an ordeal. I get tired. My back gets sore. I use profanity. I wrinkle up my forehead and have to think hard and read directions three or four times to understand them. But when I've finished something and it turns out well? I want to walk out my front door and shout to the neighborhood, "BEHOLD what I have WROUGHT!"
But thanks to Sweet Husband (who occupied the baby most of Sunday afternoon so that I could work) and Jessica (who wrote an uber helpful tutorial for putting in the zipper), the project was a success!
I had one tiny little hiccup with the hanging loop. Somehow in the "putting everything together" steps it got un-centered. It makes my penguin look like he's had a few too many if you try to hang him perfectly straight up-and-down on a hook, but toss him up casually and you'd never notice.
While the Kid will, obviously, not be wearing a backpack for sometime, I think this guy is begging to be filled with toys and taken on every trip we make from now until the Kiddo is 10.
(EDITED TO ADD: I almost forgot! Check out all the other awesome back-packs here!)