All ready for our airplane trip
Mr. Penguin (as he is referred to around here) is made from black duck cloth and various quilting cottons for his beak, feet, tummy, and lining. He is also big enough to carry a pocket folder in.
My original intention for the backpack was for BK to use it to carry her folders for speech. Laying a folder on top of the lining panel, it was obviously not going to work.
Disclaimer: I came up with these measurements after a looooong day of working on other projects and my brain doesn't function well at night. So, use them at your own risk!
I added 1 1/2 inches to the bottom of the top front and back panel. I also added an additional seam allowance of 1/2 inches to the curves on those pieces.
On the bottom front and back panels, I added 1 1/2 inches to the top, straight edge. Then 1/2 inches around the rest of those pattern pieces.
The pattern piece that forms the sides and bottom got an additional 2 1/2 inches of length on both of the short ends. On the long sides, I added 1/2".
For the zipper panels, I added 1/2" on one of the long sides and on both ends.
When it comes to the lining, I cut my pattern piece for the front and back panels (so it kind of looks like the outside pattern pieces) and slid a piece of paper in and taped it so that it got an additional 2 inches in length. The pattern piece is then still one solid panel.
I did add an extra inch of length to the long straps but it would have been fine without.
The beak, wings, belly pocket, feet, and inside pocket all got an extra 1/2" all around.
Mr. Penguin now holds the speech folder with ease!
If I were to make this again with the adjustments, I'd tweak the outer front and back panels by only adding 1/2" to the bottom of the upper curved ones and 2 1/2" to the bottom pattern pieces. Mr. Penguin tips off the back a little (see above) because where the straps are attached is a little low for the additional height. The tweak should compensate for that.
The boss is happy with her new backpack. It will carry yellow (her beloved blanket), sticker books, snacks, crayons, coloring books, and Jewel (her webkinz weimaraner) out west to Oregon and then be all ready for speech when we come home.
eta 9/29/11: Mr. Penguin gets a slight improvement
Usually, when projects need a bit of an alteration or improvement I plan on making the fix but never get around to doing it. I'll have you know, I have made the fix for Mr. Penguin!
I went back and moved the straps up to the top of the backpack. That takes care of the unwanted tilting caused by my size adjustments. Now, Mr. Penguin fits The Boss perfectly!