I began sewing as a child - my mother did tailoring and alterations. In 2004, I began designing, making, and selling purses at arts festivals - I named my business Ms. Elaineous. In 2009, I opened ...
I began sewing as a child - my mother did tailoring and alterations. In 2004, I began designing, making, and selling purses at arts festivals - I named my business Ms. Elaineous. In 2009, I opened Sew You Can where I taught sewing lessons. I closed my studio in 2012 to focus on designing patterns. You can follow me at http://mselaineousteachessewing.blogspot.com.
And my real name isn't Elaine - she's my alter-ego!
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If you are looking for a great beginning sewing pattern, this may be exactly what you need. It's a simple back pack with casings, interior pocket, and lots of room for error.
When I teach a beginning sewing class, this is the last of the three projects (after a pillow case and a tote bag). Because you are using a 1/2" seam, you've got some wiggle room and will be OK if things don't quite line up! Plus, you'll be putting in two grommets/eyelets, which is a great thing to learn.
If you don't want the back pack, you can make a drawstring bag by leaving the tabs off and by using only 2 yards of cord. In either case, check out the colorful clothesline that the big box hardware stores sell - perfect for this back pack!
11/22/2015 Update: I made some minor changes to the pattern to make it more readable. This included clearer working and spreading out the text.