Does the back-to-school season have you in the mood to sew? It seems that every kid, young and old, loves to pick out a new backpack for the school year. What better way to send off your child to school than to sew these backpack sewing patterns with professional details like a zipper pouch, adjustable straps, and topstitched handle?
Over the past year, I’ve designed and sewn several backpack sewing patterns, including the one-shoulder backpack on the cover of my upcoming book On the Go Bags—15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers (available for pre-order now from Stash Books). After having my first child, I can confidently say that having a carry-all bag that allows me to keep my hands free has made such a difference in how I get from place to place.
With that in mind, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite backpack sewing patterns so you can get a start on your sewing for the school year… or just for you!
Keep your hands free with these 7 spectacular backpack sewing patterns!
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Ready to supercharge your kid’s school year? The Jet Pack bag has a roomy, vertical shape with plenty of room for binders, papers, and other school supplies. A stylish front pleated pocket has a twist lock closure, and a zippered main bag stows everything safely inside. This clever strap design converts from a backpack to a shoulder bag with a simple clip!
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Confident beginners can sew this happy backpack pattern, sized for toddlers and little kids! With numerous pockets for small belongings and a ladder lock buckle to adjust the straps with ease, this baby-sized backpack will make a great gift if your little one goes to a daycare or even a grandparent’s house for the weekend.
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Skip the bulky backpack and sew a slender carry-all that will keep your hands free! Featuring fabric prints and solid accents, this dainty backpack has adjustable straps, a magnetic closure on the flap, and a zippered cell phone pocket. At 9-1/2″ wide and 11-1/2″ tall, this backpack is about the size of a standard piece of copy paper.
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Make your patchwork pop with The Matsuri Bag, a modern backpack sewing pattern featuring a detachable, adjustable strap and hardware that allows you to convert the backpack to a clever crossbody bag! Sew the gathered side pockets to stow your water bottle and keys.
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The Amy backpack is a pretty, youthful backpack design that is surprisingly roomy with plenty of pockets to keep your belongings organized! Sew a large front zippered pocket, plus three elastic front pockets to fit everything from your phone to your earphones. This backpack includes full instructions to make a stylish and useful bag for kids and teens.
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Make a pretty backpack for a toddler or little girl, with sizes for teens or adults also included! Use your knowledge of basic sewing skills like basting, gathering, and topstitching to whip up a flouncy backpack with a simple drawstring closure.
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Repurpose your favorite school or team sweatshirt into a useful drawstring backpack. With this PDF backpack pattern, you’ll sew a fully lined sweatshirt backpack with a pocket and adjustable straps. This would make a great gift for a young adult going off to high school or college.