Canvas backpack with fat quarter fabric.
Here’s how I made the backpacks:
1. Using the basic pattern from here cut out your pieces.
From the canvas cut: back, front, front flap and straps
From the fat quarter cut: back, side piece (in 2 halves), front flap and straps
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Plus fusible interfacing for all pieces.
2. Sew your straps, right sides together of one canvas and one print then press open, press seam allowance in for other side and straight stitch.
3. Attach straps to canvas back piece, I also added a loop of canvas at top.
4. Sew side piece all around back piece:
5. Flat line the back print piece to the canvas (on the interior of the backpage), then zig zag (or serge) all along the seam allowance for less fraying:
5. I top stitched along the side sections for a more finished look, optional:
6. Prepare front canvas piece with initial monogram and fold over twice and top stitch top edge:
7. Sew front piece to side piece and top stitch on side piece:
8. Prepare front flap piece by sewing right sides together and adding ric rac detail:
9. Attach front flap to side piece at top, lining up to be centered.
I used big snaps on these backpacks.
Magnetic purse closures would be great if you remember to insert them before construction.
Detail of the hook feature:
I made one girl and one boy version:
The straps make for a fun detail:
To make it fun for my kids at the fabric shop I let them each pick a half yard of fun fabric and then promise to make something with it.
They got the prototype backpacks, I used big buttons for the closure on theirs:
Making some fun summer memories.
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