I absolutely LOVE this backpack! This is my favorite size backpack to take to amusement parks. At 9 x 11 inches it is smaller than regular sized backpacks, but large enough to hold a lot. I’ve stuffed this thing with water bottle, snacks, extra sweatshirt, wallet, keys, notebook, first aid kit, and more. However, it’s not so big that it gets too heavy, as regular sized backpacks can.
It even fits in a lot of the ride compartments at Disneyland. That is it’s best feature in my book!
It is constructed with a layer of cotton overlaying duck canvas. I used bias tape to bind the seams.
I’ve made six or seven of these bags using a variety of fabrics and interfacing. I’ve used vinyl, suede, plain canvas, fusible fleece, and even satin. The cotton covered canvas, with woven interfacing is my favorite combination! It is nice to work with, strong without being bulky, and holds its shape very well.
I love the pocket in front. While it takes patience to construct it’s not too difficult once you know the method.
This bag also has adjustable straps depending on how you like to wear your backpack.
This project takes a bit of time and patience when working with multiple pieces, zippers, curves, and interfacings. Difficulty 7/10.
Approximate Finished Dimensions (inches):
Main Compartment 9 x 3.75 x 11, Pocket 7 x 1.5 x 5.75
Free Pattern below!
DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS: PART 1: Fabric, Zippers, Pocket
DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS: Part 2: COMING SOON!
Please Note: This pattern has been updated. There was an error on the first version of the pattern. The length of the bottom pocket gusset piece should be 12.75 in. Sorry for the inconvenience!