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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 ...

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The Basic Back Pack

from Ms. Elaineous
(9) Name: 'Sewing : The Basic Back Pack
The Basic Back Pack
The Basic Back Pack
The Basic Back Pack
The Basic Back Pack
The Basic Back Pack

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 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.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 12" x 15"


  • fabric
  • grommets/eyelets
  • drawstring or clotheline

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