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Gather Your Supplies
Here's a free pattern for a simple drawstring backpack. This light-weight backpack is perfect for day trip toting and gym clothes. Make a couple to keep in your luggage. They take up very little space and solve the inevitable problem of packing the extras you always come home with. Gather Your Supplies
- 1/2 yard of nylon, ripstop or comparable light weight fabric.
- 2 grommets or eyelets -- test for 2 of the string you choose going through the opening
- 1 package Extra Wide double fold bias tape.
- Cord -- approximately 4 yards - Backpack Alternative Straps for Style and Comfort
Continue to 2 of 9 below.
- 2 - 15" X 18" rectangles
- 2 -- 16" X 3" rectangles
- 4 - 4" Squares
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Placement of Folded SquaresFold the 4" squares in half to form triangles.
Place the folded squares on the right sides, at the bottom corners of the bottom 15" edge, of each rectangle piece.
Pin and baste in place.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
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Place Right Sides Together and Sew SeamsPlace right sides together, sew both 18" edges and the bottom 15" edge using a 1/2" seam allowance.
Finish the seam allowance with a zig zag stitch or serger.
Set aside.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Hem the 3" Edges On Drawstring Casing & Form TubeHem the 3" edges of the 16" X 3" rectangles by turning under 1/2" and 1/2" again. Top stitch in place.
Fold in half length wise, with wrong sides together.
Baste the 16" raw edge to form a tube.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Attach the Drawstring CasingAlign the basted edges of the tube with the right side of the top raw edges of the body of the bag, placing the hemmed ends at the side seams, butting the ends of each tube to the other tube. Baste in place.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
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Attach the Bias TapeOpen one edge of the bias tape, turn under one end and sew it to the seam line using the fold line as a guide, overlapping the turned under end.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Stitch the Bias Tape & Top StitchRefold the bias tape to enclose the seam allowance. Stitch the folded edge to the body of the bag. Top stitch near the seam line, to reinforce the seam.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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Attach EyeletsTurn the bag right side out. Push the bottom corners all the way out. Place one triangle piece on each side of the bag.
Place a grommet or eyelet through the reinforced bottom corners of the bag, going through all layers, approximately 1” from the corner. (If you are using an eyelet, make a tiny hole where you want to place the eyelet to allow the punch through all the layers before squeezing the eyelet into place.)
The photo is the tool used to attach eyelets to the bag. The tool comes with eyelets and assorted snaps. Dritz® Gripper Plier Kit For Assorted SnapsContinue to 9 of 9 below.
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Place the Strings
Divide the cord in half, creating two equal pieces. Starting at one top end, place the cord through both tubes, coming out at the opposite end and then through the eyelet or grommet.
Knot the cord on one side of the bag.
Repeat from the opposite end of the tube for the other cord. Adjust the length of the cords to your comfort.