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DIY backpack patterns. Make your own backpack with this collection of over thirty free backpack patterns & tutorials gathered from all over the web.
Make simple drawstring backpacks, toddler-sized backpacks, serious outdoor gear, and more.
And a drawstring backpack, because of its simple design, can be a great first project for someone who's just learning how to sew. It can be quick and easy to make, plus when finished the new sewer will have something she'll be able touse on a regular basis.
And a brand new backpack can make a great back-to-school gift for a child (but for safety reasons, don't put your child's name on the outside of the backpack).
And if your backpack is going to be used to carry heavy items (like books), use a heavier fabric for durability. But if you have your heart set on a lighter-weight fabric (perhaps because you love the print), you can add sturdiness to the fabric either by doubling it, by adding a lining to the backpack, or by backing the fabric with fusible interfacing. And you may also want to choose a backpack design that has wider straps, which will probably be more comfortable to carry than a drawstring backpack would be.
And when sewing your backpack, remember to switch to a larger, thicker needle when sewing through several layers of heavy fabric (like when attaching the straps to your pack).
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