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Dawn To Dusk Backpack Pattern

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Dawn To Dusk Backpack Pattern
Dawn To Dusk Backpack Pattern
Dawn To Dusk Backpack Pattern Back View
Dawn To Dusk Backpack Pattern Dawn To Dusk
Dawn To Dusk Backpack Pattern Side Pocket
Dawn To Dusk Backpack Pattern Interior View

Pattern Description:

The Dawn To Dusk backpack is not only super useful BUT super cool and stylish too, with its gorgeous buckle hardware, eyelets and metal feet. Features a zippered front flap pocket with 5 pen pockets and a little coin pocket. Two side pockets close with a magnetic snap. The roomy main compartment consists of a large elasticized slip pocket for books or a small laptop. PLUS, the interior also boasts a zipper pocket of its own! Adjustable straps and a hanging loop complete the ensemble.

The pattern comes ready to print out on standard A4 paper OR you can also print on Letter or Foolscape simply by checkling the "Disable shrink to fit" or similar in your printers settings. Printing Instructions are included!

The pdf pattern for the Dawn To Dusk backpack has 63 pages of instructions which include 145 step by step colour photos. There are printing instructions and a ruler to check scale. 20 Pattern pieces are included.

PLUS a TEXT ONLY version of the instructions (13 pages) comes bundled with your pattern for printing purposes, should you not need or wish to print all of the photos! Simply refer to your electronic versions for photos if needed! Saves on ink!

ALL my patterns have measurements for both Metric and Imperial and seam allowances are included too!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished bag size = Approx. 36cm (14") X 33cm (13") X 15cm (6")


  • Exterior fabric: 115cm (11/4 yard) of 112cm (40") wide fabric
  • Lining fabric: 125cm (49") of 112cm (44") wide fabric
  • Sew-in interfacing: Mid-weight - 50cm (1/2 yard) of 112cm (44") wide interfacing. I used Pre-washed Shape-Well (Use fusible if you prefer, such as Shape-Flex SF101).
  • Fusible interfacing: Mid-weight - 25cm (10") of 112cm (44") wide interfacing.
  • Fusible fleece: Light weight - 50cm (1/2 yard); I used Vilene H 630 - 40cm wide (16"); substitute with Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece or Thermo Web
  • Matching thread (I use Gutermann Polyester)
  • 1 piece of firm single side fusible Peltex - 26.6cm X 13.3cm (101/2" X 51/4") for base, or alternatively you can use any similar firm single sided fusible stabilizer

You Will Also Need:

  • 1 X 61cm (24") zipper to match exterior (you can cut down a larger one if you need to) for the top
  • 1 X 36cm (14") zipper or longer for the Front Pocket
  • 1 X 20cm (8") zipper or longer to match lining fabric for the Interior Zipper Pocket
  • Piece of 12mm (1/2") elastic, 26.6cm (101/2") long
  • 115.5cm X 2.5cm (451/2"X 1") webbing for the adjustable straps {Lengths cut as 2 X 38cm(15"), 1 X 16.5cm(61/2"), 2 X 11.5cm(41/2")}
  • 2 X strap adjusters to suit 25mm (1") webbing
  • 4 X 12mm (1/2") bag feet
  • 4 X 20mm (3/4") buckles
  • 4 X eyelets that your buckle's pins will fit through; I used 5.5mm (3/16") inner hole diameter
  • 1 X 18mm regular magnetic snap for the Front Pocket
  • 2 x 14mm regular magnetic snaps for the Side Pockets
  • Fray stopper or fabric glue

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