I did a post a while back on How To Make A Backpack and this is a variation on that. I needed a small bag for my upcoming holiday that would be big enough to fit the essentials in without being too big to carry around. A backpack made the most sense as it would be the most comfortable to carry around and safer than an open shoulder bag.
- A fat quarter of fabric I got for Christmas
- Another fat quarter in coordinating fabric
- Some denim from old jeans
- Two Zips
- Bag Slide Adjusters and Strap Rings
This is a simplified version of my other backpack post, I didn’t use a cord and toggle as a fastener or have a flap over the top. Instead I used a zip in the top, I did add a pocket in the back which will be for money and my passport as it won’t be visible from the outside or accessible unless I take the bag off.
My fat quarter was a square so I cut a strip off the top and attached it to the side (to make it a rectangle) that messed the pattern up so I made that bit the back of the bag. I sewed closed the bottom of the bag, but inserted two pieces of webbing ribbon, which would become the bottom of the straps, first. You can see the bottom of them poking out of the bottom.
I also made the bag gusseted by flattening the bottom of the bag and sewing across the corners. I did the same thing to the lining which I made from denim. When I was sewing the whole thing up I inserted a piece of grid bag bottom.
I took two pieces of red fabric (another fat quarter) and sewed them together around three edges, then I kept it inside out. I cut a slit in the back and then attached the pocket on the inside with a zip. This was very fiddly! Basically, I had the bag right way out and put the zip on top right side down, and the pocket on top of that also right side down. I repeat it was very fiddly! Then I did the same for the other side. When you push the pocket back inside you shouldn’t be able to see any of your sewing.
I put the bag (right way around) inside the denim lining (turn inside out). I created straps from the red fat quarter and inserted them in-between the lining and bag and then put the zip in. I sewed the end of these straps to the brown webbing ribbon to finish the straps. And then my bag was finished!