The Basic Back Pack

from Ms. Elaineous

The Basic Back Pack Pattern


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Sewing: The Basic Back Pack
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Girls, Boys



Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sew a consistent 1/2" seam
  • Sew a straight line
  • Cut in a straight line.

Pattern Description:

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 using only 2 yards of cord. In either case, check out the colorful clothesline that the big box hardware stores sell - perfect for this pack pack!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 14" x 12"


  • fabric
  • grommets/eyelets
  • drawstring or clotheline

About Designer

About Designer

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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

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