We are thrilled to announce a new sewalong this spring, this time for the Bookbag Backpack. Just in time for any picnics, reading under the sun or starting a new hobby or class. The Bookbag Backpack has been one of our most popular patterns since its launch, together with (can you guess?) The Nappy Bag and the Companion Carpet Bag.

The Bookbag Backpack is quick to sew, and like one of my customers says on Etsy in one of her reviews, you follow the instructions and in no time at all you have made yourself a beautiful backpack.

The sew along will last for six weeks, from the first week of April, when we pick our fabric and get our bag making supplies and notions, to the second week of May, when we celebrate our hard work and showcase your beautiful, new, backpacks!

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Before we start:

  1. Buy your pattern
  2. Pick your fabric:
    • 1 yd outer fabric
    • 1 yd lining fabric
    • 1 yd foam stabiliser
    • 2.5yds medium weight interfacing
    • 1.5 yd contrast fabric or ready-made straps
  3. Get your bag making notions for a backpack measuring approximately 12” x 15” x 4” (30.5 cm x 38 cm x 10 cm):
    • 1 x 20” single or double zip
    • 2 x 8” zips for pockets
    • 2 x 1” Triangular D rings for attaching the cross body strap
    • 2 x 1.5” Swivel clips
    • 1 x 1.5” triglide buckle 
    • 2 x 1.25” triglide buckles
    • 2 x 1.25” rectangular rings
    • Optional: 10 rivets, 26” decorative trim.
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  1. Didn't you update or change this pattern? I seem to remember that. I bought the pattern before the update. Will the sew along follow the oroginal pattern?

    1. Hi Kathy,
      Yes, I did update the pattern and the sew along will follow the updated pattern. If you can email me then I'm happy to replace your pattern copy with the updated one?
      It's pleasereleaseme(dot)letmesew(at)gmail(dot)com
      Samantha x


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