Sewing Pattern: On the Go Backpack

DIY Sewing Pattern and Tutorial: How to make an On the Go Backpack.Whenever we travel I swap out my purse for a more roomy backpack so I can carry my tablet, a magazine, wallet, keys, travel documents and of course at least one knitting project. Of course I also like to have a water bottle or two handy because sight seeing makes me thirsty.

This backpack is my new favorite. It's 11 inches wide by 16 inches deep. It closes with a drawstring that is covered with a flap. There are two generous pockets on the outside that have a stretchy elastic top and two generous, elastic-free pockets inside.

The construction is a little unconventional because that's the way my engineering mind works. Hopefully the method makes this bag easier to assemble than other backpack patterns you may have tried.

On the Go Backpack Sewing Pattern

Materials

Tools

  • sewing, cutting and measuring tools
  • lighter
  • pliers
  • hammer

Directions

This pattern uses 1/2 inch seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

Cutting out the Pieces

Begin by washing, drying and pressing your fabric.

Print the pattern pieces. Make sure you "print actual size" and do not scale the pieces to fit the page.

Cut out the paper pieces. You will need to cut 4 lower strap holders, 2 bag bottoms and 2 strap connectors.

Tape the two bag bottom pieces together along the dotted line to create a single bottom piece.

With tissue paper or a large roll of paper, cut out:
     2 - 14 1/4 x 17 inch pieces (bag front and back)
     1 - 14 1/4 x 19 inch piece (pocket)
     4 - 3 x 15 inch pieces (straps)

From the lining fabric cut 1 bag front, 1 bag back, 1 pocket, 1 flap, 1 bottom, 2 strap connectors.

You may need to position the pieces different than shown depending on the width of your fabric.
From the outer bag fabric cut 1 bag front, 1 bag back, 1 pocket, 1 flap, 1 bottom, 4 straps, 1 loop, 4 lower strap holders.

You may need to position the pieces different than shown depending on the width of your fabric.

The Little Things


Cut the nylon strap in half and carefully use a lighter to fuse the ends so the strap will not fray.
Press a 2 x 2 inch piece of interfacing to a scrap of fabric. Cut 4, 1-inch squares. These pieces will be used later to reinforce the snaps and grommets.
Fold the loop in half lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch along the long edge. Turn right side out. Press so the seam is at the center back of the piece. Stitch lengthwise 1/4 inch from each side.

Upper Strap


Fold the strap connectors in half lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch along the long edge. Turn right side out. Press so the seams are at the center back of the pieces. Stitch lengthwise 1/4 inch from each side.
Pull a strap connector around the upper bar of the strap adjuster so the wrong sides are together.
Position one piece of strap fabric on your work surface, right side up. Center a strap connector on a short edge of the strap. Position second piece of strap fabric, right side down over the first. Stitch along the long side of the strap, one short side (securing the strap connector), and the other long side.
Stitch short, diagonal lines on each side of the strap from the short edge to the long edge on either side of the strap connector being careful not to catch the strap connector in your stitches.
Trim the strap and turn right side out.
Repeat the process for the second strap and press both.

Stitch 1/4 inch from the sides around the straps.

Lower Strap


Place two lower strap holders, right sides together. Stitch one of the short sides of the triangle.
Position a nylon strap between the triangles so the long edge is against the first seam and the short edge is aligned with the unstitched, short side of the triangles. Stitch in place.
Turn right side out and press. (Be careful not to press the nylon strap or it could melt.)
Trim the excess fabric.

Stitch 1/4 inch from the seams. Repeat the process for the second lower strap.

Bag Lining


Fold the pocket in half widthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Stitch 1/2 inch from folded edge. Mark the center of the pocket (7 1/8 inch from either side).
Position bag lining front, right side up, on your work surface. Place the pocket on the lining front and stitch along the center line of the pocket.
Place the bag lining front and back, right sides together and stitch side seams.

Turn right side out and press seams toward the bag lining back.

Outer Bag


Fold the outer pocket in half widthwise, wrong sides together and press. Mark the center of the pocket (7 1/8 inches from either side).
Center the elastic between the pocket fabric so it is against the fold and pin in place. Stitch across the pocket 1/4 inch below the lower edge of the elastic being careful not to catch the elastic in your stitches.
Position the outer bag front, right side up, on your work surface. Place the outer pocket on the bag front and stitch down the center line of the pocket.
Pull elastic so 2 inches is exposed on either side of the pocket. Pin elastic to pocket on each side and trim the exposed pieces.
Place lower strap holders, as shown, so the lowest corner is 1/2 inch from the bag bottom and the straps point up towards the top of the bag. Place the outer bag back and outer bag front right sides together and stitch side seams.
Turn right side out and press seams toward the bag back.

Flap


Position the flap lining wrong side up. Center the snap disk so its lower edge is 1 1/2 inches from the lower flap edge and mark the side slits.
Press a 1 inch square of interfacing over the slit marks and use a sharp scissors to cut the slits. Push the thinner snap legs through the slits, right side to wrong side.
Center the disk on a square reinforcement piece. Mark and cut the side slits.
Slide the reinforcement square over the snap legs. Slide the disk over the snap legs.

Use a pliers to bend the snap legs over.
Place flap fabrics, right sides together, and stitch around leaving the top edge open.

Turn the flap right side out and press. Stitch around 1/4 inch from seams.

Bag Hardware


Center the snap disc on wrong side of outer bag front fabric so the lower edge of the disk is 1 inch above the top edge of the pocket and mark the side slits.
Press a 1 inch square of interfacing over the slit marks and cut slits. Push the snap legs through the slits, right side to wrong side.
Center the disk on a square reinforcement piece. Mark and cut the side slits.
Slide the reinforcement square over the snap legs. Slide the disk over the snap legs. Use a pliers to bend the snap legs over.
Make marks on the wrong side of the bag front, 1 3/4 inches from the top edge and 6 5/8 inches from each side. (The two marks will be one inch apart.)
Press a 1 x 2 inch piece of interfacing over the marks.
Use the grommet tool and a hammer to punch holes on the two marks and at the center of two reinforcement squares.
Press grommets through the bag, right side to wrong side. Place a reinforcement square over each grommet. Use the grommet tool and a hammer to tightly secure the grommets.

Attaching the Bag Bottoms


Fold the bag bottoms in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.
Pin the bag lining bottom to the bag lining, right sides together. The pressed center line on the bottom should align with the side seams. It is best to pin around the curved edges first, then the straight edges. Stitch the bottom to the bag. Repeat for the outer bag fabric.

Straps,  Loop and Flap

Place the upper straps, side by side, right side up.
Center the loop ends on the top edge of the straps, wrong side down and pin in place.
Center the flap on the top edge of the straps, lining side up, and pin in place. Baste across 1/4 inch from the top edge.
Center the straps/loop/flap piece on the right side of the outer bag back and pin in place. Baste 3/8 inch from the top edge of the bag.

Finishing


Slide outer bag into lining, right sides together. Pin in place, aligning side seams. Stitch around leaving a 4-6 inch opening at the front of the bag.
Turn bag right side out through the opening. Press around the top edge of the bag. Stitch around the bag 1/8 inch from the top edge.
Create a channel for the drawstring by stitching around the bag 3/4 inch and 1 3/4 inch from the top edge of the bag being careful not to catch the straps or flap in the stitches.

Pull the drawstring through the channel and through the cord stop. Knot ends and trim if desired.
Pull nylon straps around the lower bar of the strap adjusters.
Fold the ends of the nylon strap under 1/2 inch, twice, and stitch to secure.

Fill your backpack with your favorite travel essentials and you are ready for an adventure! Bon voyage!

DIY Sewing Pattern and Tutorial: How to make an On the Go Backpack.

DIY Sewing Pattern and Tutorial: How to make an On the Go Backpack.

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