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Easy Drawstring Backpack

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Make a lined drawstring backpack! This easy project is perfect for beginners. Quilt weight cotton is the perfect material. You could also substitute a heavier fabric for the exterior. When I first sketched these drawstring backpacks in my little notebook, I wanted to design them entirely out of fabric. Because sometimes I really want to make something without going to the store for special notions. The casings, loops, and drawstrings are all made of fabric. Of course you can substitute ribbon, twill tape, or grommets for the loops. And you could always use bias trim stitched together, ribbon, or rope for the drawstrings. But if you have plenty of fabric in your stash (like me), you will probably appreciate an all-fabric project too. One more great thing about this project is you can sew the backpack from all one fabric, or use 4 or more fabrics like I did. Happy Backpacking! If you like this pattern, be sure to check out my Craftsy class Colorful Patchwork Bags and Baskets, with lifetime access and a 100% money-back guarantee. Here's my personal link for 50% off: BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY sew a straight line press and fold a strap SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Approximately 17'' tall x 14'' wide

Recommended with this pattern

  • 1/2 yard exterior fabric
  • 1/4 yd fabric for the strap or 4 yards of clothesline rope
  • 1/2 yard lining fabric

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