20+ Backpacks & Knapsacks: Sewing Patterns & Tutorials

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Here’s an assortment of back-to-school bags to make for both young and old using a variety of fabrics and supplies. Many are simple styles that can easily be adjusted in size to suit your needs. All but one of the tutorials are for sewing (there is a crochet pattern in the bunch) with many suited for beginner sewing skills (you’ll also find a few that are more advanced and feature rich). Enjoy!

mesewcrazy.com

mesewcrazy.com

Bustle: Made with 2 yards of fabric, interfacing and ribbon or fabric for sash. Tutorial available as a free download.

Mini Rucksack: Features two back straps and top handle for easy toting, foldover top flap with drawstring closure.

allaboutyou.com

allaboutyou.com

sewmamasew.com

sewmamasew.com

One Backpack–Two Ways: One simple and pretty, the other boyishly fun with robot features. Free pdf download for applique.

Petite Pack: Lovely bag in a simple design, features an interior pocket and adjustable shoulder straps.

sewtospeak.blogspot.com

sewtospeak.blogspot.com

notverydomestic.blogspot.com

notverydomestic.blogspot.com

Ruffled: A sweet drawstring knapsack with layers of ruffles at the bottom (toddler size but not difficult to make larger).

With Bias Tape Straps: Canvas lined bag with two pockets and fabric bias tape straps.

Easy Backpack Tutorial By kundhi.com

kundhi.com

sewingdork.blogspot.com

sewingdork.blogspot.com

For Toddlers: Envelope style mini-backpack with elasticized straps, nice & roomy front pocket.

String Backpack How-To: Whip up this easy bag with fabric, cord, fusible interfacing and grommet hardware.

mamaurchin.com

mamaurchin.com

atsecondstreet.blogspot.com

atsecondstreet.blogspot.com

Happy Face Bag: Nice and sturdy toddler-size bag made with corduroy, has adjustable shoulder straps and cartoon facial features appliqued on front.

Penguin: Zippered bag with padded straps, free pattern piece download provided.

daffysdream.blogspot.com

daffysdream.blogspot.com

noodle-head.com

noodle-head.com

Boy’s Drawstring Backpack From Khaki Pants: Lined bag made with a pair of men’s khaki pants, features a front zippered pocket and cotton cording for straps.

Drawstring Napsack Tutorial: Easy bag with fabric straps for carrying and bag closure, features an outer pocket.

ihavetosay.typepad.com

ihavetosay.typepad.com

pinoyinoz.blogspot.com

pinoyinoz.blogspot.com

City: Finished bag measures 11 3/4″ x 10″ x 5″ and has adjustable straps, inner and outer pockets.

With Front Ties: Finished size measures 16″ x 14″ x 5″, bag is lined and features two front straps that tie the bag closed.

modabakeshop.com

modabakeshop.com

ravelry.com

ravelry.com

Spring Petals: (crochet) Made with cotton worsted weight in six colors, free pattern available via pdf download.

Bitty Boy: Features padded shoulder straps and fol dover top flap (button closure), inner bag has drawstring closure.

bakeshop.com

bakeshop.com

u-handbag.typepad.com

u-handbag.typepad.com

Oilcloth: Finished size measures Cm x Cm x Cm and features a magnetic snap flap and drawstring closure.

Cross-Body: Waterproof bag with a single cross-body strap, free pattern pieces available to download.

craftiest.com

craftiest.com

indietutes.blogspot.com

indietutes.blogspot.com

Toddler: Made with woven fabric and medium weight fusible interfacing. Pattern pieces available via free pdf download.

Toddler: Made with upholstery fabrics or samples, bag is roomy with button on shoulder straps. Finished size measures 12″ x 8.5″ x 3.5″.

cobbledtogetherbybrenna.blogspot.com

cobbledtogetherbybrenna.blogspot.com

fiskars.com

fiskars.com

Handmade Kids Backpack: Features outer pockets, a drawstring closure at top and straps for carrying.

Retro-Style: Ideal for preschoolers and toddlers, features an elastic and button closure that’s easy for small fingers to manage.

sewtogether.com.au

sewtogether.com.au

finecraftguild.com

finecraftguild.com

Quilted With Front Flap: Finished size measures 15″ x 12″ x 6″, tutorial via 5-page pdf download (includes a template).

Dora’s: Made with fleece, lining fabric and interfacing, has outer pockets to stash little treasures.

vibrant-designs.net

vibrant-designs.net

susannawinter.net

susannawinter.net

Crocheted: Made with worsted weight cotton in a main color and a contrasting color for edging and cords. Has a plastic side release buckle.

Circle Bags: Includes directions for making a smaller version for lunches.

mesewcrazy.com

mesewcrazy.com

hartandsew.blogspot.ca

hartandsew.blogspot.ca

Back To School: Nice features, has both front and inner pockets, polyester straps that can be adjusted with metal D-rings.

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Published: July 27, 2011
Updated: November 5, 2012

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  1. Carol Barringer says:

    What a great collection of backpacks!I look forward to you post every week! Carol Barringer Santa Barbara, CA


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