Project Design Team Wednesday (but on Friday!) ~ Simple Summer Backpack

Posted by administrator on Friday, May 9th, 2014

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Hello Riley Blake Fabrics Fans! My name is Melissa Mortenson and I blog over at the Polka Dot Chair. You may have seen me here before, I adore Riley Blake and love dreaming up projects for their Design Team.

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When I saw this Girl Crazy fabric I immediately had thoughts of summer, with lazy days out by the pool and afternoons spent exploring. I decided to make some super simple drawstring backpacks that would be perfect for kids to tote around their treasures in all summer.

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Something light weight that they could carry around whether they are headed to the amusement park or just out for a ride on their bike.

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

I've included free applique patterns for you. To get them hop on over to my blog, the Polka Dot Chair and download them. I've also got a few more fun photos to share with you!

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

To make ONE backpack you're going to need:

1/2 yard of Girl Crazy Fabric for the outside, cut two pieces 15'' x 15''

1/2 yard of Girl Crazy Fabric for the lining, cut two pieces 15'' x 15''

Shape Flex Interfacing, cut two pieces 15'' x 15''

4 yards of string/trim for the backpack straps

Fat Quarter of Riley Blake Solids for the applique

Heat N Bond Lite

2, 1'' grommets

for the crab a scrap of white felt and 2 black buttons

All seam allowances are 1/2'' unless otherwise noted

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Begin my printing out the applique pattern, that can be downloaded here.

Trace the pattern onto a piece of heat n bond lite (Trace on the paper side of the heat n bond) Remember your image will be reversed after appliqued- it doesn't matter too much with these shapes, but might if you use another shape.

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Iron onto the wrong side of the applique fabric

Cut out

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Peel off the backing and apply to the front backpack piece in the desired location. Apply the shape flex interfacing to the wrong side of the two backpack outside pieces.

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Stitch around the applique with matching thread. To complete the crab, cut out two pieces of white felt for his eyes and sew two black buttons to the center.

Sew the 2 backpack outside pieces together, right sides facing, leaving the top seam open. Press the seams open and clip the corners.

Repeat for the 2 lining pieces.

Slip the lining piece into the backpack outside piece, wrong sides facing.

Pin so that the top edges are even and the side seams match.

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Using a serger (or a zig zag stitch on your machine if you don't have a serger) serge the backpack outside and backpack lining pieces together.

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Fold the top edge down 1'' and pin. You are folding towards the lining. Stitch along the edge (where the serger stitches are) to form a casing.

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Unpick the seam on the outside of the backpack side seams between the casing stitching line and about 1/8'' from the top fold. Reinforce the seam with a bar tack stitch so that it doesn't unravel any more than this.

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Cut two yards of string for the backpack and string through one side, starting at the opening in the side seam, all the way around until it comes out the same opening. Pull it down so that it extends a little below the bottom of the backpack. Cut both ends the same length about 2'' below the backpack bottom corner. To help you feed your string use an elastic shuttle (you can get it at the notions store).

Repeat the same process this time starting and stopping on the opposite side seam of the backpack.

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Making sure that your lining is laying flat inside your backpack, set one eyelet in each bottom corner of the backpack through all your layers of fabric (follow the instructions on the package). Loop one string through the eyelet and tie with a slip knot to secure.

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Enjoy! Now you're ready for Summer!!

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com


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Comments

  1. Cute, kid friendly project!
    by Cindy
    May 09th, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.
  2. This is SO CUTE!!!! I'm going to make one for each of my kids for our beach trip this summer!
    by Kristina
    May 09th, 2014 at 10:41 a.m.
  3. These are cute and look pretty simple. lovely
    by Kelly
    May 11th, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.
  4. Cute idea!
    by Denita
    May 26th, 2014 at 7:27 a.m.
  5. Very cute! I am going to make each of my granddaughtters one. Thanks for sharing...
    by Cindy
    June 01st, 2014 at 12:45 p.m.
  6. Love this! Would you be willing to share the color you used for the appliqué? I love the way they look together. Thanks!
    by Janeen
    June 06th, 2014 at 7:37 a.m.
  7. Love it! So cute!
    by Jen
    June 07th, 2014 at 5:04 a.m.


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