Drawstring Backpack Pattern and Windows 10

DSCF4796Drawstring Backpack Pattern

Whew! What a ride!

Where to start…? Uhm, let me start with the free Windows 10 upgrade, which turned out to be not so free. Sigh…I have a Windows 7 laptop. When Windows 8 came out I had heard so many terrible things about it that it never appealed to me. But wait…Microsoft finally came out with a new, (supposedly) better upgrade that is free for 7s and 8s. Yep, the hype got me. I wanted it. So I reserved my copy and when it became available I clicked the button. A few hours later my organized world fell apart.

It was new, pretty and exciting to see when the new screen finally came up…and then…nothing. No cursor. Hmm…I rebooted several times and finally the cursor appeared, but the touch pad/mouse didn’t work. That little cursor just sat there in the middle of the screen and mocked me. Yes, I had a few curse words for that cursor. Using my phone to contact my online tech guru, we tried to figure it out. Uh…, big problem…no mouse to navigate. The wireless mouses (mice?) we had did not work so I purchased a mouse with a USB cord. That was the first ch-ching of my free upgrade, but it worked.

Had something been disconnected? Was the driver good? Did the driver need an update? Nope, nope and nope. We tried everything. By the next day I decided to give up. I had deadlines that were “whooshing” by. I decided to restore back to Win 7. Yay! Not so much. After the restore Windows Explorer crashed whenever I tried to do anything.

I was done. I sent it out to be fixed (ch-ching) and Middle Kid let me borrow an extra laptop that he had. Now borrowing a laptop is not like borrowing a car. You can’t just get in and drive. Out came my book of passwords to just be able to access the important sites I needed to use. Missing programs was another problem. Thankfully the kid didn’t mind mom adding them. But it was taking time. A lot of time.

DSCF4796Back to the Drawstring Backpack. Before the Win 10 debacle, I had made my pattern, made the bag, taken photos of the steps and written out my notes. Nothing was polished and some info was being held hostage on my computer. Long story short…too late! I finally submitted it to my editor on my deadline date.

So if you have made it through my Windows 10 whining session, you must really want to make this backpack. Well, I hope you do. This bag is so handy and with kids heading back to school it will be a perfect carry-all for their new school supplies.

You can find the tutorial and printable pattern here.


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  1. Thank you for this post. I was considering the Win 10 upgrade from the Win 7. Don’t think I will now. Hope you can get all your programs restored.

    • I had a lot backed up, but since my fix required a new 7 install, I am in the process of reinstalling programs so that my backup info has a home again. I’m getting there. I should have read all the testimonials before I upgraded. I usually do on upgrades, but the hype clouded my judgement. I feel so stupid about that.

  2. Uh oh, I was going to get my win 8.1 out and upgrade to 10 as our tech lady advised but not so sure want to do that now. It’s kinda like win 8.1, sounds good but when you get into it, oh boy what a can of worms, unless you’re whole lot more tech savvy than I am. That’s why I’m back to using win 7 again after wrestling and being ready to toss 8.1 out window with many not nice words.
    My daughter had called and guess I sounded like I was ready for breakdown so she told me to go back to win 7. She knows of my struggles with 8.1. Why in heck Microsoft had to go messing around with a good thing who knows. 8.1 to me anyway, was so complicated with apps, and other “stuff”.
    I had gone into their sort of how-to’s for win 8.1 but was still very confused. They tell you to do things but then not how?ggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Was going to give this pc to hubs as he’s been using my XP but there’s no program to keep him virus free anymore for it. Will have to think on it. What’s wrong with 7 and 8.0/1? The old saying, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it?
    Love your tomato, looks so good, want to sink teeth into it with some pepper to eat it right up. When I was much younger, we still lived in Clevland, my Mom’s family (all 7 of them with spouses, kids) shared a huge garden out in Akron,OH between one of my aunts and cousins. Aunt on one side and cousin on other. Anyway can remember picking tomatoes, eat them right there in field. I was 10 (1950) when we moved to Tucson and it was couple years before that. My brother had asthma so bad he was same size as me and he’s exactly 5 yrs. older than I am so we moved to Tucson for his health. Then my Dad got asthma really bad in Tucson in his late 50’s. My oldest son got asthma when he was 2 in Tucson, was constantly having to run him to emergency from bad asthma attacks.
    I’d love to make that back pack but might be while. This summer just can’t seem to get into crafting or sewing. When Fall and Winter get here will be much more in mood for ways to help pass time. Who knows what kind of winter we’ll have this year, was very mild last year. It will be what it will be, no matter what we want huh? Take care and don’t work too hard, hope you got your projects done on time regardless of hateful computers.

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