The Bookbag Backpack PDF Pattern

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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. Wear it as a backpack, as a crossbody or shoulder bag, or carry it by the top handles.



W 12" x H 15" x D 3" (30.5cm x 38cm x 7.5cm)






  • Easy to read instructions, colour photographs, and pattern pieces
  • Three different types of strap - use this bag as a backpack, a crossbody or shoulder bag, or a carryall
  • PDF sewing pattern available for immediate download


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 - so you can wear it as a backpack, a crossbody or shoulder bag, or use it as a tote.

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 bag 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.


Pattern Features

This PDF sewing pattern for the Bookbag Backpack features comprehensive instructions, pattern pieces, and colour photographs, including instructions for a unique lining insertion method, achieved without hand stitching and with no need to bind the inside seams.

The Bookbag Backpack is classified as an advanced pattern and may be tricky for beginners. The Bookbag Backpack sewing pattern is written in UK English and has been thoroughly tested by a team of expert pattern testers.

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, please see my tutorial: How to download and print PDF sewing patterns.

Buy The Bookbag Backpack PDF sewing pattern directly from Sewing Patterns by Mrs H today! Please note: currently, this sewing pattern is only available as a digital download.


Pattern FAQs

What difficulty is this sewing pattern?

This is an advanced pattern and may be tricky for beginners. If you get stuck pop over to our Facebook group for support.


How big is the Bookbag Backpack?

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!


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What fabrics did you use for your Bookbag Backpack?

I made my cover bag from Poetic Saddle in Iris with Rhythmic Hatch Dream for the straps both from Bari J's Anna Elise line for Art Gallery Fabrics. I used 'Gumdrop' by Kona Cotton for the accents. I used some eyelet lace trim cut in half to trim my front pocket and back strap support, I think it pairs really nicely! I used regular quilting cotton for the outer and lining, medium weight interfacing on the lining panels (Vilene F220) and headliner foam for the outer panels.


What materials do I need to make the Bookbag Backpack?


  • 1yd (0.9m) Outer fabric
  • 1.5yd (1.4m) Contrast fabric
  • 1yd (0.9m) Lining fabric
  • 2.5yd (2.3m) Medium weight interfacing
  • 1yd (0.9m) Foam stabiliser


  • 1 x 20" (51cm) Single or double zip
  • 2 x 1" Triangular or D Rings
  • 2 x 1.25" Swivel clips
  • 1 x 1.5" Triglide buckle
  • 2 x 1.25" Triglide buckles
  • 2 x 1.25" Rectangular rings
  • 2 x 8" (20.3cm) zip


  • 10 x Rivets
  • 26" Decorative trim


Where can I find more inspiration?

For more photos and inspiration please visit my blog entries: Bookbag Backack Testers - Part One, Bookbag Backpack Testers - Part Two

Add a zipped pocket to the front of your Bookbag Backpack, using this helpful tutorial from Emma of Emkie Designs: How to add a zipped pocket to your Bookbag Backpack.


Is there a sew along for the Bookbag Backpack?

There are two! Sew along with Titi on YouTube: Click here to sew along with Titi on YouTube. And, you'll find our text-based sew along here: Click here to follow the text-based sew along for The Bookbag Backpack.


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