Making Backpack PDF Pattern


Note: This is a digital (PDF) sewing pattern.

A backpack that’s perfect in its simplicity, but also great for customizing. Choose your favorite canvas (prints or solids) or waxed canvas and get to work creating your very own custom backpack.

Special features:

  • front slip pocket
  • interior zip pocket
  • adjustable shoulder straps
  • useful top handles

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

+ Approx. Finished Dimensions: 11 ½” wide x 15” tall x 5” deep (29 cm x 38 cm x 12 cm)

Please see materials list and purchasing information below.

Read more here about the backpack.



Materials needed:

Requirements based on 44”-wide fabric.

  • 1 yard (1 m) Exterior Fabric

  • 1 yard (1 m) Lining Fabric

  • 2 yards (1.8 m) Fusible Woven Interfacing (Pellon SF101- 20”-wide)

  • 1 yard (1 m) Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing (Pellon 809 – 42”-wide)^

  • ½ yard (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 yards (1 m) of 1” (2.5 cm) wide cotton or poly webbing for top handles

  • 2 ½ (2.2 m) yards of 1 ½” (3.8 cm) wide cotton or poly webbing for straps

  • 3 ½ (3.2 m) yards straight-grain ½” (12 mm) wide double fold binding

Recommended Fabrics: canvas (7-9 oz. weight) or waxed canvas (10-12 oz. weight) for exterior fabric, quilting cotton for lining fabric

^ =omit if using waxed canvas

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 1/4” 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 (and corresponding setting tool)

Purchasing Information:

  • Please download the pattern file to your computer!!!
  • Download links will expire after 9 download attempts, each click counts as an attempt – even if you only open the file to view it.
  • This pattern is a PDF file 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 (a receipt screen with the download link will also pop up after you complete the transaction).
  • This is a PDF pattern with rotary cutting instructions/measurements and includes detailed step-by-step instructions and professional illustrations.
  • Sell finished items! You (the purchaser of this pattern) can sell finished Making Backpacks made using this pattern (on a home-based scale).
  • 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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Shipping & Delivery

All prices are USD.

  • Shipping on leather handles and hardware kits via USPS First Class mail.
  • PDFs are delivered automatically to the email address you enter at checkout.
  • Handmade Style book ships free via USPS Media mail. Making Magazine ships USPS First Class mail.