Making Backapack

This is an advanced bag from Noodlehead and a “real” structured backpack complete with foam cushioning inside.   It is not as “huge” as some of the school backpacks are out there but it is definitely a nice large size back pack!

Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Time: about 8 sessions


  • 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)
    SF101 is a more expensive but very high quality interfacing.  Or for a less expensive option go with Heat n bond medium weight non-woven fusible interfacing.
  • 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) (optional, we can skip to simplify for a student not as advanced)
  • 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.
  • Polyester thread (1 large or 2 smaller spools)

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.
If you want the look of a metal zipper you can choose zipper by the yard by Sallie Tomato which includes multiple pulls to create lots of zippers for future projects!