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ergobag Kletties selbermachen: Tutorial von Näh-Connection

Are you familiar with the concept of a “Schulranzen”, I guess satchel would be the english word? In Germany students in elementary school use a Schulranzen to carry their books, journals, pens etc. to school and back. It’s similar to a backpack, but normally much more stable, so that the heavy books are kept in place. I think that this is probably a german thing and I don’t really know whether I like it too much. I think the general idea is good, but many of the Schulranzen are really heavy, big and not very comfortable to carry on a kid’s back. Especially smaller first graders often look a bit ridiculous with those huge bags on their bag. Luckily there are companies that think as I do: ergobag has developed the perfect Schulranzen and when I first heard about it some years ago, I knew right away that I wanted one for my daughter once she starts elementary school. Ergobags are light, yet still quite durable, they are ergonomically perfect (like modern hiking backpacks) and they are entirely made form recycled materials. Too good to be true, right?

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Well, I knew that I wanted an ergobag, but what about my daughter? Unfortunately, she mostly has very strong opinion on what she likes and dislikes. As all you mothers of little girls know: The design taste of 6yr olds and their moms can differ quite a bit! However, I was lucky: Her best friend got an ergobag, too and R absolutely wanted to have the exact same one as her friend.

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They now both have a pink ergobag iwht silver stars on it. Plus the whole other equipment: a sports bag, two pencil pouches and the kletties. Kletties are little pictures with velcro in the back that are attached to the Schulranzen. While the Schulranzen itself has a modern design that will please also older kids, the kletties can be exchanged. This way a 4-grader can have different, cooler ones, than the 1st grader. Rs ergobag include some horse kletties that were a bit kitschy. Well, she likes them. And if she wants new ones in some years, we can easily buy them.

Make your own kletties

Or make some myself? That’d be awesome. This way she could have another set right away and she and her friend would always know which ergobag belongs to them. I talked to my friend Miriam and she kindly offered me to use her embroidery machine. I chose the  water dragon files and then embroidered for hours. The cats and owls are super sweet, but also fun. Win – win for both my daughter and me! I have prepared a small tutorial for you. However, you could also easily make kletties with just beautiful fabric, applique etc. Just go wild! My kletties aren’t waterproof as those from ergobag. However, if you go with laminated fabrics or a plastic sheet, you could make them waterproof, too. I went the easy way: The cats and dogs are for good weather, the horses for rain and snow…

ergobag-kletties-tutorial-ENGLISH

1. Prepare you motive (embroidery, applique etc.). Thin felt is a good base layer.

2. Cut a second felt layer in the same shape.

3. Sew velcro (make sure to use the rough part) to the outer side of the second felt layer.

4. Stitch the two layers close to your motive together. Make sure that both your picture and the velcro are on the outside! Cut close to your stitches and attach the klettie to your ergobag.

Repeat for the other 4 kletties and surprise your daugther/son with their personalized ergobag.

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My daugther loves her ergobag. The cat and owl kletties are just the icing on the cake. Nonetheless, it’ll be some more months till school starts in September. Do you have a soon to be first grader or Kindergartener at home?

We got the bag for a product test from ergobag. However, we would have bought one anyways as we love the concept (and because Rs friend has one, too ;) )

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