Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Versatile Backpack - Smokey the Bear for Riley Blake Designs

I have made tons of bags in the past, but I had yet to make a backpack! I wanted it to not only function as a backpack, but as a bag too. When I first saw Smokey the Bear for Riley Blake Designs my eyes popped out hehehe. I am a big fan of Smokey the Bear, specifically the vintage version. This line (which is actually licensed through the Department of Agriculture) hits all the points in vintage, nostalgic Smokey the Bear. I even have a vintage Smokey Golden Book that goes along so well with this line. It was meant to be! 

This backpack has multiple attachment points for modular carry, an elegant design on the front side, and a Smokey the Bear party on the back side! I lined the inside with the text print which has the famous taglines - Only you can prevent wildfires and more! If you are an avid Smokey fan, this line is for you!

Here is what I made. Enjoy!

Backside - Backpack carry point

Front Side with large pocket.

Inside of the Bag

Side pocket

The bags carry point is the handles, so you can carry as a tote.

I hope you enjoyed my backpack for Smokey the Bear. It should be arriving in stores soon, so check your local quilt shop or onlie fabric store.




  1. Can you share the dimensions of the bag and pocket? Is it similar in construction to your tonka tote for your son? Would love to try it but I don't wing it so good, like to follow some directions.

    1. It’s the exact dimensions as the Tonka bag! I’ll habe to take a look at my notes and get back to you!

  2. Are you selling the tote bag pattern?

  3. Not yet! Still working on my Versatile pouch pattern but this one will be made too. It’s a great bag and size.

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