I Sew For Fun: Drawstring Backpack
Make a sewing date with the kids in your life and sew this adorable backpack with your little partner. It’s perfect for bringing cars and trucks or stuffed animals and pjs to grandma’s house. This backpack is one of twenty easy sewing projects featured in Nancy Zieman’s new I Sew For Fun Book
Approximate Finished Size: 13″ x 17″
- 1/2 yd. Fabric A—backpack outer panels (Directional print or stripes may require additional yardage.)
- 1/2 yd. Fabric B—backpack lining
- One 8″ x 10″ rectangle Fabric C—patch pocket
- 3 1/2 yd. 3/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon straps
- 1/2 yd. 1/4″ wide double-sided fusible web tape, such as Lite Steam-A-Seam 2
Please read all instructions before beginning. Use the width of the presser foot as the depth of the seam allowances.
1. Prepare and cut fabrics.
- Press and straighten fabrics.
- Use a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat; cut:
– Two 13 1/2″ x 17 1/2″ Fabric A rectangles for backpack outer panels.
– Two 13 1/2″ x 17 1/2″ Fabric B rectangles for backpack lining.
2. Finish pocket lower edge and sides.
- Measure and mark 1″ from pocket lower corners.
- Fold corners to inside at marks.
- Fold in 1/2″ on lower and side on lower side edges of pocket; press.
You just made beautiful mitered corners with hardly any effort!
3. Finish pocket top.
- Fold and press 1″ to wrong side at top edge (8″ edge) of pocket.
- Fold over and press another 1″ to wrong side at top edge of pocket, hiding raw edge.
- Stitch, guiding presser foot along inside fold.
- Fold the pocket to outer panel of backpack in half, to find centers. Pin at upper edge of centers.
- Center and pin patch pocket, right side up, with upper edge of pocket approximately 4″ from upper edge of backpack panel.
- Stitch sides and lower edge of pocket, guiding fabric along edge of presser foot, and pivoting at corners. Backstitch to reinforce top edges of pocket.
Show how to pivot at corners by keeping the needle in the fabric, lifting Larry the Lifter, pivoting, lowering the lifter, and continuing stitching. Your little partner can try it on the second corner.
5. Assemble the backpack.
- Stitch upper edges of lining and backpack panels:
– Place backpack front and lining right sides together, aligning cut edges. Make sure patch pocket opening faces upper edge.
– Stitch remaining backpack panel to remaining lining panel in the same manner. Press seam flat, then open.
- Stitch sides and lower edge seams:
– Place backpack front with lining and backpack back with lining right sides together, matching outer panel fabric and aligning cut edges. Secure with pins.
– Use a measuring gauge and an erasable fabric marking pen or pencil to mark 1″ from upper edge seam on both backpack and lining panels.
– Stitch backpack outer panel beginning at the 1″ mark at upper edge of side seam, guiding presser foot along edge of fabric. Pivot at corners to stitch lower edge and remaining side seam. Stop stitching at 1″ mark on opposite side seam. Remember to backstitch at beginning and ending of stitching.
– Stitch lining beginning at upper edge (1″ mark) of side seam, leaving 3″ open for turning. Pivot at corners to stitch lower edge of and remaining side seam. Stop stitching at 1″ mark on opposite side seam. Remember to backstitch at beginning and end of stitching.
- Mark and cut corners:
– Use a measuring gauge and erasable fabric marking pen of pencil to mark a 1″ square in lower corners of backpack outer panel and lining.
– Cut squares from lower corners of backpack outer panel and lining.
- Cut four 1/2″ lengths of double-sided fusible web tape.
- Position tape on pressed upper edge seam allowances on front and back of backpack.
- Fold side seam allowance over tape and fuse following manufacturer’s instructions.
7. Close opening in lining.
- Turn backpack right side out.
- Turn in seam allowance at opening; press.
- Cut double-sided fusible web tape the length of opening. Place tape on seam allowance and fuse following manufacturer’s instructions.
- Insert lining into backpack.
- Press upper edge before stitching casing.
- Complete one continuous line of stitching approximately 1-1/8″ from upper edge of backpack to form lower edge of casing.
- Edgestitch upper edges of backpack front and back.
9. Add drawstrings to bag.
- Cut two 60″ lengths of ribbon.
- Using bodkin or safety pin, thread ribbon through front casing beginning at right edge, then through back casing at left edge. About 17″ of ribbon should remain at right edges of both front and back casing.
- Using bodkin or safety pin, thread ribbon through front casing beginning at left edge, then through back casing at right edge. About 17″ of ribbon should remain at left edges of both front and back casing.
- Match cut edges of ribbon emerging from right edge of casing to center of gusset opening at lower right edge of backpack; pin.
- Match cut edges of ribbon emerging from left edge of casing to center of gusset opening at lower left edge of backpack; pin.
- Secure ribbon ends and turn backpack inside out.
10. Form gussets and complete bag.
- Align cut edges of square-cut corner openings, matching edge of side seam to lower edge seam.
- Remove pins from inside. Pin on lining side to secure ribbon edges with seam allowance.
- Stitch seam through lining, ribbon ends, and backpack outer panel fabric to form gusset.
- Finish cut edges with zigzag stitches.
- Turn backpack right side out.
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- I Sew For Fun Part Three: Three Button Projects
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