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Easy Drawstring Backpack

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Drawstring Backpack Pattern:

  • 1/2 yard of your main fabric
    • Trim to two 16”x19” pieces
  • 8 inches of your accent fabric
    • Trim to 6”x8”
  • 4 yards paracord
    • Trim to 2 equal lengths of 2 yards
  • 6 inches cotton webbing, ½ to 1 inch wide
    • Trim to 2 equal lengths of 3 inches

 

Directions:

  1. If your fabrics are extremely wrinkly, iron each piece flat. It is a good idea to pre-wash fabrics prior to cutting, if you plan on washing the finished project. This will preshrink the fabrics and keep your project from shrinking.
  2. At your ironing board, place the accent fabric face-down on the board. Fold over ½ inch along a short edge of the piece and press flat.
  3. Turn the piece over, face-up, on the ironing board. Fold over 1 inch of the same edge that you just worked with. Press flat.
  4. Sew along the 1 inch of fold, along both non-folded, raw edges on each side of the folded flap to hold the fold in place. Flip the pocket that you just created right-side-out.
  5. Place the small piece back on the ironing board, face down. Fold over and press the remaining 3 edges the width of your seam allowance, about ½ inch.
  6. Center this piece on the right side of one of your main fabric pieces with the 1 inch folded edge up. Pin down and topstitch around all three sides, not the top.
  7. Yay! You have attached your pocket!
  8. At your ironing board, place main fabric pieces right-side down. Fold over ½ inch along both long edges and one short edge of both main fabric pieces. Press flat as you fold along these edges.
  9. Repeat step two, folding edges over themselves again. Pin these double folded edges in place after pressing.
  10. Sew along these folded edges to hold folds down and in place.
  11. Back at the iron, place both main fabric pieces right-side down. Fold over 1 inch along the top raw edge of both pieces. Press flat as you fold these edges.
  12. Repeat step five, folding edges over themselves again. Pin these double folded edges in place after pressing.
  13. Sew along these folded tops, keeping the stitch line near to the inner folded edge.
  14. Fold the 3 inch webbing pieces in half and pin to the side edges of the pocketed piece, even with the bottom of the pocket. Line the raw edge of the fabric up with the raw edges of the webbing, with the fold in the webbing facing toward the pocket.
  15. Pin the main fabric pieces together, right sides together, matching long sides and bottom edge.
  16. Sew along all 3 edges (not the top with the tube that we made in step13), starting and ending at the bottom edges of the tubes that we made in step 13.
  17. Turn right-side-out.
  18. Thread the paracord. Start with one piece and tread through one of your fabric tubes at the top of the bag. Then thread that end back through the other fabric tube so that both ends of the paracord piece are coming out of one side of the bag. Put one end through the loop made by your cotton webbing and then tie the ends together.
  19. Repeat step 18 with your other piece of paracord, but begin threading from the opposite end of the fabric tubes.
  20. The end! Success!

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