drawstring backpacks from happy in red

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by Janice on 01/17/2015

My elder daughter (10) recently made these drawstring backpacks with her friend (11) with leftover fabric from my girl’s Christmas dresses. They have been taking sewing classes together at our local quilt shop, Stitch and Bobbin, and I thought this would be a nice and useful project for them to work on. They are both novice riders so the horse fabric was a big hit.

To save time (and frustration) I had cut out all of the pieces with my rotary cutter in advance. I also helped with trimming the seams, pressing seams and with the pocket placement which was an addition to the bag. They were able to complete all of the sewing in about 2.5 hours. If I make these again, I will extend the size of the tunnels to 2.5″ wide as one of them split when we were feeding the strings through the casing.

We used 0.5 inch seams and I had converted the metric measurements to imperial to complement my quilting rulers:

    • Back Outer Bag = 13″ x 16″
    • Front Top = 13″ x 4.5″
    • Front Bottom = 13″ x 12.5″
    • Lining = 13″ x 16″ x 2
    • Tunnels = 12.5″ x 2″ x 2
    • Twill tape = 12″ (4 x 3″)
    • 3.75 yards of string
    • Pockets 4.5″ x 8″ x 2 (1/4″ seam)


Back of the bag – you can see where the casing ripped open.


Addition of pocket.

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