Making Backpack Pattern (now with Mini size!)

$11.00

A backpack that’s perfect in its simplicity, but also great for customizing. Choose your favorite canvas (prints or solids), waxed canvas or dry oilskin and get to work creating your very own custom backpack. Regular and Mini sizes, plus bonus zippered front pocket included!

***Video tutorial by Jess of Oklaroots! Click here!

Special Features:

  • two sizes to sew! Regular and Mini
  • front slip pocket (plus BONUS! zippered front pocket)
  • interior zip pocket
  • adjustable shoulder straps
  • useful top handles

Shop supplies:

Product Information:

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

+ Approx. Finished Dimensions:

  • Regular: 11 ½” wide x 15” tall x 5” deep (29 cm x 38 cm x 12 cm)
  • Mini: 8” wide x 10½” tall x 4½” deep (20 cm x 27 cm x 11.5 cm)

Materials needed:

Requirements based on 44”-wide fabric.

Regular size:

  • 1 yd (1 m) Exterior* Fabric
  • 1 yd (1 m) Lining* Fabric
  • 2 yds (1.8 m) Fusible Woven Interfacing (Pellon SF101- 20”-wide)
  • 1 yd (1 m) Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing (Pellon 809 - 42”-wide)^
  • ½ yd (0.4 m) Foam Stabilizer (ByAnnie’s or 1 yard (1 m) Pellon Flex-Foam) ^
  • (2) 1 ½” (3.8 cm) wide rectangle rings & (2) 1 ½” (3.8 cm) wide strap sliders
  • (1) 22” (55 cm) zipper for top closure
  • (1) 8” (20 cm) zipper for interior zip pocket
  • 1 1/8 yds (1 m) of 1” (2.5 cm) wide cotton or poly webbing for top handles
  • 2 ½ (2.2 m) yds of 1 ½” (3.8 cm) wide cotton or poly webbing for straps
  • 3 ½ (3.2 m) yds straight-grain ½” (12 mm) wide double fold binding

Mini size:

  • ½ yd (0.4 m) Exterior* Fabric
  • 5/8 yd (58 cm) Lining* Fabric
  • 1  ½ yd (1.4 m) Fusible Woven Interfacing (Pellon SF101- 20”-wide)
  • ½ yd (0.4 m) Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing (Pellon 809 - 42”-wide)^
  • (2) 1 ½” (3.8 cm) wide rectangle rings & (2) 1 ½” (3.8 cm) wide strap sliders
  • (1) 18" (45.7 cm) zipper for top closure
  • (1) 6" (15.2 cm) zipper for interior zip pocket
  • 1 ½ yds of 1” (2.5 cm) wide cotton or poly webbing for top handles
  • 2 ½ (2.2 m) yds of 1 ½” (3.8 cm) wide cotton or poly webbing for straps
  • 2 ½ (2.2 m) yds straight-grain ½” (12 mm) wide double fold binding

Recommended Fabrics: canvas (7-9 oz. weight), waxed canvas (8-10 oz. weight), or dry oilskin for exterior fabric, quilting cotton for lining fabric

^ =omit if using waxed canvas

*= additional ¼ yd {¼ yd for mini} of exterior and lining fabric is needed if making the Alternate Front Pocket, and add 14” {10”} zipper (or longer)

Additional supplies + tools: Polyester thread, water-soluble pen or tailor’s chalk, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter, size 90/14 or 100/16 Denim or Microtex needle, (Optional) 2 ¼” wide x 1 ½” tall (5.7 cm x 3.8 cm) piece of leather for patch, (Optional) 2 rivets - 8-9 mm head with 6-8 mm posts (& corresponding setting tool), (Optional) front pocket closure (see pg. 6 note) 14mm magnetic snap or size 24 metal snap, glue/ ¼”-wide fusible web tape)

Purchasing Information:

For Digital (PDF) pattern:

  • Please download (and save) the pattern file to your computer!
  • You will have 9 download attempts, keep in mind each time you open to view the file counts as an attempt.
  • This PDF pattern consists of rotary cutting instruction/measurements (no printing necessary!) for all pieces, label sheet for keeping organized, and includes detailed step-by-step instructions and professional illustrations.
  • The file is and instant download. Please be sure to check the email address you entered at checkout, the instant download link will be sent to that email address. After purchase is complete you will also be redirected to a page with the download link.

For Paper (printed) pattern: Coming soon! Thanks for your patience.

Sell finished items! You (the purchaser of this pattern) can sell finished sewn items made using this pattern (on a home-based scale)credit to Anna Graham www.noodle-head.com is appreciated!

NOTICE: It may not be possible to download a PDF file directly to your iPad or Android tablet/mobile device without a download app. I use Acrobat Reader in combination with Dropbox to download files using my mobile device.

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