The Making Backpack

Come make a backpack with us! This backpack includes a front pocket, interior zippered pocket, and useful top handles for carrying in addition to backpack straps. You’ll learn various bag making techniques such as installing a welt zipper pocket, installing an exposed zipper, attaching webbing, using foam stabilizer, and finishing seams with bias tape. This backpack is the perfect size for adventuring and is a great way to showcase a favorite fabric.  This is an in-person class, 3 sessions total.

  • Intermediate to advanced – you cannot take this class if your only experience is the Intro to Sewing class. See class description and feel free to ask if you have the experience needed for the class!


  • This is also a great follow-up to the Structured Tote class too!  Or if you have taken the Bag Making class at the studio you can definitely take this one as well!

The Making Backpack pattern by Noodlehead available at Firecracker Fabrics

1 yard Exterior Fabric
1 yard Lining Fabric
3.5 yards Fusible Woven Interfacing (Pellon SF101- 20”-wide)
3/4 yard  Foam Stabilizer (non fusible)
(2) 1 ½” wide rectangle rings & (2) 1 ½”  wide strap sliders
(1) 22” (55 cm) zipper for top closure (or can be longer)
(1) 8” (20 cm) zipper for interior zip pocket (or can be longer)
1 1/8 yards of 1” (2.5 cm) wide cotton or poly webbing for top handles
2 ½  yards of 1 ½” (3.8 cm) wide cotton or poly webbing for straps
3 ½  yards straight-grain ½” (12 mm) wide double fold binding (bias tape)  – this is used inside bag as a finish.

Recommended Fabrics: canvas (7-9 oz. weight) for exterior fabric, quilting cotton for lining fabric – you can also use a quilting cotton for the exterior for a slightly lighter bag weight and an easier fabric to work with if you have less experience.  Fabric should be woven (non-stretch).  No waxed canvas please.

Additional supplies + tools:
Polyester thread (1 large or 2 smaller spools)
water-soluble pen or tailor’s chalk (to draw on fabric)
Quilter’s clear plastic grid ruler (please let me know if you will need to borrow), rotary cutter with fresh blade
You may also choose to use shears for cutting, but there is a lot of cutting, the rotary cutter is helpful!

To assist in the amount of sanitizing needed at the studio at this time, please bring your basic sewing tools – Scissors, pins, seam ripper, fabric marking tool.

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