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with Annie Unrein
Online Class

Sew Sturdy: The Essential Backpack

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Join designer Annie Unrein as she guides you step by step through creating a stylish, durable and professional-quality backpack with pockets, zippered compartments, a magnetic flap and more.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 2h42m

Included in this Class

1. Quilting & Cutting the Fabric

1. Quilting & Cutting the Fabric

Meet Annie and get started by reviewing the various features of your backpack. You'll get tips on choosing the right fabrics, stabilizer and zippers, as well as on quilting, cutting and labeling your bag pieces.

2. Handle, Straps & Flap

2. Handle, Straps & Flap

Start your backpack by cutting and joining bias binding strips. Find out how to sew a padded handle, straps and strap tabs, as well as a front flap with a magnetic snap.

3. Pockets

3. Pockets

Make your backpack super-functional by creating pockets! You'll learn to make slip pockets for credit cards, a zippered quilted pocket and a zippered mesh pocket.

Recommended with this class

  • Foam stabilizer
  • Mesh fabric
  • Bag hardware
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Strapping/webbing
  • Zippers to match fabric:
  • Sewing machine with a ¼" foot, a zipper foot, and a walking foot
  • Rotary cutter, mat and clear gridded quilter's rulers