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The Bookbag Backpack sewing pattern by Mrs H

The Bookbag Backpack PDF Pattern

Quick Overview

The Bookbag Backpack is a multi-purpose bag that is perfect for commuters and students, for busy parents, or for days out and travelling.



W 12” x H 15” x D 3”

W 30.5cm x H 38cm x D 7.5cm





With finished dimensions of 12" (30.5 cm) wide, 15" (38 cm) tall, and 3" (7.5 cm) deep, this versatile bag is big enough to hold multiple items. One tester managed to fit a laptop, an A4 folder, and her book into the bag, as well as her usual travel items!


Bag Features

This adaptable bag has three different types of strap, making it readily adjustable to your needs - backpack straps, top handles, and a detachable shoulder strap. The large front panel of the Bookbag Backpack is perfect for showing off feature fabrics. The handy pockets make it easy to keep track of where you've stowed your belongings. The sewing pattern includes a hidden zipped pocket on the front, for storing your keys or travel card, and a zipped pocket inside for smaller items. 


The bag can be stabilised with either fusible fleece or Soft & Stable depending on how sturdy you wish it to be. For extra strength, you can choose to add optional rivets to the bag.


For more photos and information please visit my blog or visit The Bookbag Backpack sew along.


Pattern Features

This PDF sewing pattern for the Bookbag Backpack features 29 pages of comprehensive instructions and colour photographs, including instructions for a unique lining insertion method, achieved without hand stitching and with no need to bind the inside seams. It is classified as an advanced pattern and may be tricky for beginners.


The sewing pattern also has a text only section at the back to save on ink and paper costs! For more information on how to download and print PDF sewing patterns, visit my tutorials.


The Bookbag Backpack sewing pattern is written in UK English and has been thoroughly tested by a team of expert pattern testers.

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