Here's a pattern I devised for a cute little backpack. I made it for my niece, who is a Minnie Mouse fan. If you would like to make your own, then the instuctions are here....
Please note that the pattern pieces represent the sewing lines, not the cutting lines, therefore you will need to ADD SEAM ALLOWANCE. I added 1cm to mine.
You will require the following materials
- Main fabric
- Contrast fabric
- 2.5cm wide webbing - 2 pieces 15cm long and 2 pieces 55cm long
- Thick interfacing
- x2 2.5cm D rings
- x2 2.5cm strap adjusters
- 1 m cord for the draw string
- Fray Stopper liquid
- 1 hammer in press stud
Make the pattern on grid or pattern paper. To create the curved edges, use a cup as a template.
x2 front and back from main fabric, contrast fabric and interfacing
x1 of base from main fabric, contrast fabric and interfacing - the base has curved edges.
x1 of flap from main fabric, contrast fabric and interfacing - the flap has two curved edges.
x1 of top handle from main fabric. Cut one from interfacing, but omit the seam allowance from the long sides.
x1 of casing from contrast - cut on the fold of the fabric, so your resulting length of the casing is 81cm.
x2 of pocket from main and interfacing
x2 of pocket lining from contrast
I used bonded nylon thread which is much stronger than ordinary cotton thread, and it gives a more professional looking finish. You will need to obtain this from an industrial thread supplier or try ebay. Because the thread is thicker, use a "jeans" or "leather" needle.
front and back
Baste together the interfacing to the front and back pieces. To save time, I used little blobs of fabric glue along the seam edges. With right sides together, sew the front and back pieces together along the vertical edges.
Press open the seams, and top stitch 3mm from the centre of the seam, left and right.
Baste the handle to the top edge of the back of the bag. The distance between each handle should be 8cm, with each handle being placed 4cm from the centre of the bag.
The finished straps on the back of the bag.
Bag Lining - with right sides together, sew the front and back together and press seams. Sew this to the lining base in the same fashion as the main bag.
Flap - baste the interfacing to the wrong side of the main fabric. With right sides together, sew the contrast to the main along the side and front curved edges. Turn inside out, press seams and top stitch. With centres matching, baste the flap to the cente back top edge of the bag over the top handle and straps.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you do make one of my back packs, post a picture on your blog and leave me a comment so I can have a look at your finished product.
Material purchased from Marunan Shibuya, webbing from Okadaya and cord from Daiso.