The Jovie Backpack Testers' Bags

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Once again our tester group amazed us with their makes of The Jovie Backpack Digital Pattern. We had a mix of very experienced and confident beginners, as well as some long-time testers and a couple of returning new testers. Their attention to detail in proofreading the pattern is invaluable, as well as the meticulous assembly of their bags. Read on for details and lots of photos so you can be inspired!

Gina Lasseigne of Le Petite Belle, Facebook

"All of my supplies came directly from my stash. White faux was found on Amazon. The brown accent faux is from Hobby Lobby. All my hardware is purchased in bulk from AliExpress. I get my Woven Fuse in 100 yd rolls from and Decovil light and heavy by the bolt from

I added Decovil light to the pocket facing. Here is the link for the white faux. It is luscious to work with. VViViD Bycast65 White Matte Correct-Grain Faux Leather Marine Vinyl Fabric (White 10ft x 54")"

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Ulrike Puckering of The Busy Sewing Room - Facebook

For the exterior Ulrike used black faux leather and a gorgeous cotton print on the pocket. The interior is cotton and interfaced with woven. Her bag is sewn on a Singer 201K. She suggests for those using a domestic that it may be best to attach the grab handle before adding the foam interfacing. 
Ulrike said, "Love the construction and design. I would love to make a smaller version when I get time. I think it would be so cute at maybe 80%."

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Becca Olson of Turtle Trax Too
"All of my vinyl was from Walmart and lining was from my stash. My hardware was all Amazon. My interfacings and stabilizers are Joann's."

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Keleesha Marley of #Marleysews

Keleesha's beautiful aqua/teal vinyl is from MyPunkbroidery, and she lined her bag with WPC (waterproof canvas) from Fabric Warehouse Direct. She used foam interfacing as directed by the pattern and the hardware was from her stash.

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Kellie Toles of Sewful Creations

Kellie's beautiful model is her daughter. (Toby the dog also got in on the act - see the blog picture on the bottom of the page). She said, "I used faux snake vinyl from Hobby Lobby, waterproof canvas from Fabric Wholesale Direct, copper hardware from Emmaline, and zipper pulls from My Handmade Space. 
I love backpacks and this one is no exception. Terrific pattern Patricia!"

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Sue Reed of Dreamscapes Studio
"For my Jovie Backpack I used Italian Lambskin. Stabilizers used were peel 'n stick foam, Peltex and SF101. The hardware came from Emmaline bags, and the metal zips and purse feet are from Bringberry. The matching strapping is from Blue Calla."

Once again, a huge thank you to our tester group. Now that you're inspired by their beautiful bags with all the details, you can plan your Jovie Backpack. 

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