10/18/12

DIY backpack

Supplies: 1 yard of durable fabric
I used faux leather for the bottom...
1/2 a yard for the liner.
 drawstring, anything for closure
pattern



I always have my hands full with my little boys on each hand. I love backpacks and wanted to create one that would be functional and fit my style. I created this simple pattern to print out. 



DIY:
The pdf pattern is here 
You will need to piece the front/back part together by taping them. It will read place on fold if attached correctly. The printing is for a standard page. 

Make sure to place the pattern on the fold for the front and back pieces.


Press seams of pocket 1/4 inch. 


Sew the top 1/4 inch over. 


place the pocket in the middle of the front piece.
Top stitch around leaving top flap open. 


You can make your own straps or purchase it from the fabric/craft store. 2 yards should be enough.


 For the straps I cut 2 strips 3in. by 28in. long and sewed them right sides together. I pulled it through with the loop thing shown above and ironed them flat. 


Fold an end of the strap over an inch and sew a square evenly on the back panel. I lined them up 2.5 inches down from the top and 4 inches from the sides. Line the other end with the darts on the bottom and topstitch.


Sew the front and back panels right sides together. 


Sew the bottom circular piece right sides together starting at any point. Make sure to get the straps in...


Create a liner by cutting another front and back piece and 1 bottom. Repeat the steps to make the liner but without the straps, you can add the pocket for more storage. 


Flip the liner inside out and sew right sides together leaving about a 4 inch hole so you can pull it through. 


At this point you can hand sew a snap for a closure and be done...


or...I wanted a draw string so I made a strip that measured all the way around the back pack and 4 inches in width. I then pressed the edges 1/4 inch over and then pressed the whole strip in half.


At the half way point sew 2 button holes on the front half of the strip about 1 inch apart. You can do grommet holes if you have the plier set.


Pin around the edge...


Topstitch around...


Hand sew the trim edge so you keep the opening for the drawstring.


Pull a drawstring through one buttonhole to the other. You will have to guide it through by placing a safety pin on one of the ends...

 


61 comments:

  1. I love it, gold liner is fantastic!

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  2. It's so darling!!!! Thanks for posting I cannot even wait to get started!

    xoxo
    Liesl

    woodsy-soiree.blogspot.com

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  3. Awesome DIY- that looks great!

    Sara
    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com/

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  4. Love the chevron pattern. The gold lining and leather is a nice touch! Great DIY!

    Charlotte
    www.deconstrut.blogspot.ca

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  5. Love it.. right down to the fabric! This is going on the list for sure!

    ~Amy
    www.LadyMockingbird.com

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  6. So awesome ! Thank you for posting! :)

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  7. Love it!
    I'll try it for sure!

    www.megustaonomegusta.com

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  8. I HAVE to make one of these! Where did you get your fabric? I want to wait to buy your pattern until I've found some fabric for it and I have the hardest time finding fabric I love.

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    1. I got it from hobby lobby...the gold faux leather was from a vendor in la

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    2. Thank you!!! I'll have to check it out. I really want to make one of these bags.. Totally beats carrying around a big diaper bag or something. Thanks so much for the idea! I'm in love with your blog.

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  9. Did anyone tell you that you're a genius? Jeeesus, I'm in love with your works (Yours, not Jesus).
    Now I know what I'm going to make for myself, a great substitute for my school bag. Can't wait till spring. I admire that you do something completely different than anyone else. You just do not repeat the same schemes but create a new one.
    Honestly, my favourite blog.

    Love! R.
    radziok.blogspot.com

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  10. i am confused as to where the pdf is because whenever i click the "pdf" link it redirects me to a survey site and i really want to make this backpack! :)

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    1. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-703fimDNgzWE96YlNmNjJZcnc/preview

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  11. You should sell them ;)

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  12. I made it and im a beginner and it still turned out amazing! thank you so much!!! It was so quick

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  13. This is such a great idea. I love the fabric you chose.

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  14. I am extremely excited to see something as clever ss this. Put a waterproof liner in it and you have a beach bag, insulate it, and picnic bag, I like it much better than the traditional backpacks. Thank you so much.

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  15. can you add a flap?

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  16. Is that duck fabric? Because I'm pretty sure I have a bunch of extra of that exact same fabric that I have now decided what to do with.

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  17. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I found it on Pinterest and used it to make my Mom her Mother's Day present. She LOVED it. I posted my pictures on my blog and linked to your tutorial if you would like to see it.

    Thanks again!

    Sarah

    hautehooker.wordpress.com

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  18. I'm going to make this bag from my Dad's old uniform. If it works out ok I'll make one each for my brothers too. It will be a nice way to remember him. To any that say it's disrespectful - tough luck.

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  19. I am having trouble finding the pdf pattern. Really want to make this.

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  20. Such a cool idea! i HAVE to make one.....I'm thinking it would come out pretty cool if made out of canvas fabric and hand painted it. Would you suggest painting it first or making the backpack and then painting? Thanks! BTW...kinda obsessed with your diy's!

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  21. Could you give us the dimensions of the front/back and pocket, along with the diameter of the circle? It's too hard to understand and get a clear reading from only the pattern.

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  22. I'm having trouble with sewing the liner to the bag. What do you mean by the 4 inches you pull "it" through? Can you explain more? Thank you!

    This is such a cute bag and I want to make it! Originally I was just going to buy a new bag, but once I saw this on Pinterest I knew making it would be more fun :)

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    1. Because its inside out, you leave the 4 inches to pull the liner through And turn it right side out

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  23. Love this! Definitely going to try and make this! :)

    http://eandmgalaxy.blogspot.fr/

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  24. I was a little confused with the pattern (I'm a beginner), could you give the dimensions of the front/back piece?

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  25. already made myself one, can't wait to take it with me and go out! :D

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  26. It is looking nice and i liked it very much.
    Learn How to buy

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  27. Want to make it but has no measurements into how long the width and the high is..... Help?

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    1. The measurements are fitted on the pattern piece, it should measure on a normal piece of paper.

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  28. I made one using some thrift store fabric and a few modifications to personalize it for me. Thanks so much for posting this tutorial!

    http://sarahdudik.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/backpack-for-me/

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  29. omg i need help i cant get the pattern how do i get the pattern

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    1. It's a pdf document and works for most... https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-703fimDNgzWE96YlNmNjJZcnc/edit

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  30. I can't get the pattern PDF to come up! help!

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  31. i just started making my own dresses and such, and i would LOVE to make one of these for myself!!!! where did you find that fabric?!?

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  32. The only thing I can think is email me and I can forward it, but if you can't open pdf documents it may not work either way. My email is under the contact tab

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  33. Really nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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  34. This is so nice! What is the length of the rope that you used for the draw string? Also, what are the measurements for the pattern (so that I can make sure I've pieced it together correctly?)

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    1. if you print it out as is on a normal sheet of paper, that should be the correct measurements.

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  35. hey laura, best looking diy backpack i've found and i like the description.. but as a guy who has never really been able to sew a lot of stuff, i was wondering if you have some sort of pattern that you could forward to my e-mail address, making it a bit easier for a beginner?
    would highly appreciate it!

    all the best from berlin,

    casey

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  36. Hi, love this backpack! My printer is not working so I am going to try and draw out the pattern, myself. One question though: Is the bottom of the bag a little bit bigger than the top of the bag? On the pattern, the front/back pieces, the width on one side looks to be slightly shorter than the other side. Is that right? So, it's not a perfect rectangular piece? I want to make sure with you before I go any farther. I don't want to cut this out and then it not sew together properly. Help!
    Thanks,
    Christi

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  37. Thanks so much for this tutorial, I've made 2 for me and 2 as gifts!

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  38. I made a new backpack for the Girl-Child. Black and White Chevron exterior fabric and Pink Paris interior fabric. I made bottom piece oblong instead of a circular to fit her binders and notebooks. http://flic.kr/s/aHsjRdeX3N

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  39. What is the seam allowance?

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  40. Yay! I'm not usually a sewer but this was easy and I customised it too. looks great! Thanks :)

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  41. Do the straps get attached to the same side on the top and bottom? The picture looks like the straps are attached to the "inside" part of the main fabric panel.

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  42. Maybe this question has already been asked, but I will ask it again... What type of fabric would you recommend?

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  43. Hello! I love your diy very much, but i have a little problem. I cut the front and back panelas, and a half circle for the bottom. Do i need to half circles and i have to sew them together? because if i try to work with the half circle i can't do the bag. Or I need more than 2 mainfabric?
    thanks for your answer!+

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  44. love this, I don't want to cut this out and then it not sew together properly. Help!

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  45. This is such a great little tutorial! Thanks so much for posting it! I read through the comments and didn't see thmy question yet, sorry if I missed it. I see you said you used the faux leather as the bottom, am I correct in assuming the gold lining is also faux leather?

    Thank you!

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  46. Hello! I love this diy, thanks for posting! I looked through the comments and I don't think my question has been asked yet. You said you used faux leather for the bottom of the bag, am I correct in that the gold lining was the same faux leather?

    Thank you again so much!

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    1. Hi, yes the gold is the faux leather. Good luck. :)

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  47. Will be using this pattern for my daughters school bag this year.. cant wait

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