How to Make a Backpack
Intermediate | 58 min 29 sec
Pro bag maker and pattern designer, Nicole Mallalieu, shows you how to make a simple yet sturdy backpack for everyday use. You will learn a plethora of techniques, like how to use interfacing to add structure, add a lining with pockets, attach hardware and make straps from scratch. Plus you'll learn tips for reducing bulk in seams, making invisible marks with a hera marker, and other professional finishing techniques. All of these design details come together to give the bag a clean, polished look. This sporty, lightweight bag is a great project for a beginning sewist who has an eye for detail or a more advanced sewist who wants to brush up on his or her skills.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 20’’ polka-dot fabric for main panel (44’’-wide quilting weight fabric)
  • 20’’ lining fabric (44’’ wide quilting weight fabric)
  • 1 yard heavy-weight fabric for straps (Nicole uses a Cotton Drill)
  • 20’’ light fusible fleece (Vilene H640 or Pellon 987F)
  • 60’’ x 20’’ interfacing such as Pellon Shapeflex (or 1 yard 44’’ wide interfacing)
  • 8’’ x 12’’ sheet fusible webbing
  • Two 1’’ slide adjuster
  • Two 1/2'' to 3/4'' D-rings or O-rings
  • Three 1’’ D-rings
  • Two 1/2'' - 5/8'' snap hooks
  • Sewing machine
  • Zipper foot
  • Walking foot
  • Regular presser foot
  • Matching thread
  • Hera marker (optional)
  • Fabric marker
  • Glue stick pen for fabric
  • Quilt basting spray
  • Tailors awl
  • Scissors
  • Point cutter (optional)
  • Duck bill scissors (optional)
  • Thread snips (optional)
  • Seam ripper
  • Pins
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Quilting ruler
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pressing cloth
  • Pressing ham or rolled up piece of cotton moleskin (optional)
Learn how to:
  • Block fuse and cut fabric for accuracy
  • Make a 4-fold strap that lays flat
  • Add bag hardware
  • Work with interfacing
  • Add a lining and pockets
What you’ll get:
  • Step-by-step expert instruction on making a professional looking backpack
  • 6 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list and downloadable PDF with pattern pieces ($16 value)
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from designer Nicole Mallalieu
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
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Dorothy Linton
I love the way she use less pins and use other methods
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Alison Rice
Greet class. Technically excellent. Worth it just for the tips alone.
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Linda Lopez
she was on point with her instructions.
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