20+ Backpacks & Knapsacks: Sewing Patterns & Tutorials

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

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