How are your Bookbag Backpacks coming along so far?
Today we are going to move our sewing project forward, attach the back straps and the top handles and make the front pockets. Let's get sewing!
Attach the back straps
my tutorial! Rivets can be added later, if you opted for using them.
Repeat for the second back strap but 3” (7.5cm) from the right of your strap support.
If you're using trim, baste it to the back of the top and bottom of the strap support (E), moving the back straps (I) out of the way.
Attach the strap support to the one to the main body pieces
Create the front pockets
For more photos of fitting a zipped pocket, please see my tutorial!
To create the hidden front zipped pocket lay one interfaced pocket piece (L) in the centre of the front outer body main (A) right sides together. Position it approximately 1/2” (12mm) from the bottom edge, side centred, and pin at the edges. Measure the teeth of the zip and draw a box with a fabric marker the length of the zip teeth with a height of 3/8” (1cm). Position the box in the centre of piece (L) about 6” (15cm) from the bottom of pocket piece (L).
Push the pocket piece (L) through the body main (A) to the back. Press well and manipulate the fabric to lay flat. Trim any bulky stabiliser around the opening. Pin, baste or use fabric glue to secure the zip to the back of the pocket and lining with the teeth showing through the gap. You may find it handy to stitch the end of the zip before you baste.
This is how the zipper will look like before you sew it from the front side of the fabric, before trimming away the stabiliser. In the original pattern, the lining of the pocket doesn't show on the right side, but it's something you can do, as well, if you like it.
Sew along the edge of the zip opening keeping the zip straight. As you approach the zip pull leave the needle down and lift the presser foot. Unzip the zip until the pull is out of the way, lower the presser foot and sew on until you need to re-zip.Continue around all 4 sides of the opening.
Fold the top down to meet the bottom of the pocket piece (L) and sew around the three open sides, without catching the front body main (A) fabric.
If you need more help with this step, please refer to the pattern, where you can find more illustrations!
Construct the front slip pocketIf using decorative trim, baste it to the front pocket piece, with the decoration at least 3/8” (1cm) from the top of the pocket piece, to ensure this will be seen once sewn. Then, with right sides together, stitch the front pocket (B), outer and lining together along the top edge, sandwiching the decorative trim.
If you're not using a decorative trim, stitch along the front pocket piece (B) and lining toghether along the top edge, right sides together. Turn right side out, press and top stitch two rows along the top edge for extra stability.
Next, position the front pocket (B) over the front body main (A) with zipped pocket, lining up the sides and bottom, and baste into place, ensuring you don't catch the back zipped pocket piece (L) in the seams.
Attach the top handlesPosition one top handle, 4 1/2” (11.5cm) from the side and the bottom of the tab, 3” (7.5cm) from the top. Stitch the tab (G) to the body main (A) using a cross inside a square. If you wish to reinforce with a rivet, now is the time. Place a rivet in the centre of the cross in the square.
You may wish to pin the back straps out of the way while sewing the handles.