Small backpacks can be used as purses for adults or teens, or to simply carry small items. Toddlers and preschoolers often enjoy carrying toys and other items around, so small backpacks are perfect for them as well. Make a small drawstring backpack out of almost any type of fabric. There is actually very little sewing involved, and it makes up very quickly.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
- String or cord
- Seam ripper
Cut out two rectangles of fabric. The rectangles can be any size you like, although a common size is 15 inches by 17 inches. If you want a smaller one for yourself or a toddler, make it about 12 inches by 14 inches.
Lay the two rectangular pieces of fabric on top of each other, right sides together. Pin around three edges; the two long sides and one short side. Begin sewing about an inch from the unsewn side and continue around the three sides you pinned; stop sewing an inch from the unsewn side. Sew using a quarter inch seam. Take the pins out as you come to them.
Turn down an inch at the unsewn end of the rectangle. Fold it down to the wrong side of the fabric. Pin it in place. You are creating the casing for the string backpack. Sew the casing down.
Put a safety pin in the end of the string and pull it through the casing. The safety pin gives you something solid to hold on to as you work. Thread the first string in from the left of the backpack; go all the way around the bag until you get back to where you started. Repeat with the other string, but start and finish on the right side.
Knot the free ends of your strings. You now have a drawstring bag; to create a backpack, you need to rip out a few stitches at the bottom corners of the bag. Pull the knotted ends of the string through the holes.
Sew across the corners of the backpack, being sure to catch the string under the stitches. Use a zigzag stitch and go over it several times to ensure it is secure.
Turn the bag right side out. Pull the string to close the backpack.
Tips and warnings
- Add designs or appliques to the bag to dress it up a bit.
- Pockets can easily be sewn on the backpack before sewing the backpack together.
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