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Backpack Bag Tutorial - in yummy oilcloth
I have always wanted to make a 'just the right size' backpack bag because as a city dweller it's good to have a nifty bag that will securely hold the essentials, but will leave your arms free so you can more easily carry your bags of shopping. I want to point out that this bag is not entirely my own design. I have had some help in the shape of this Japanese tutorial. All I have done is to add a mag snap and a drawstring closure (there were no instructions for a closure on the Japanese tute?) Anyhoo, I'm pretty chuffed with my first backpack especially as my Japanese is worse than my Chinese and the end result is indeed 'just the right size'. It's also a good size for little ones too. This bag is not the easiest ever bag to make, but then it's not very hard either. There's just a fair few steps. I hope you'll think that they are worth it; I know I do. I do love this bag. FYI I got the oilcloth from a Dept. store called John Lewis in London. When sewing with oilcloth you'll make your life much easier if you get your hands on a jeans needle and a Teflon coated machine foot (non-stick foot) and they look like this...
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but if you've done a bit of sewing before you'll be fine sewing this in oilcloth . Do you like the little green dots on the ends of my ties? :) . Of course you can make this backpack in normal fabric (which will make things a bit easier).honest! The bag has a mag snap flap (say that fast 3 times) and drawstring closure.Here is the backpack in all of it's oilcloth glory it's: 30cm tall x 17cm wide x 11cm deep.
Flap open .
The adjustable straps use this slider and these matching rings. Here’s How I put it all together Shopping list (as if you were shopping and not using your own stash fabrics) .I haven't used oilcloth for the straps because it's too sticky for strap sliders.so stuff doesn’t roll around in the bag Sew a adjustable fabric strap .with D-rings and a slider . . waterproof. In this project you will pick up/apply these bag making skills • • • • Sew with oilcloth – durable. and pretty Sew a drawstring casing in the bag lining Sew a flat base into a bag .
Pattern includes 1cm seam allowance. And matching thread.. and ties 1 yard of heavy sew-in interlining 2 x 1” silver flat rectangle rings 2 x 1" silver flat rectangle slider 1 x 18mm silver magnetic snap NB: all seam allowances are 1cm (3/8”) unless otherwise stated. straps. 1 yard of cotton fabric for the lining and straps for the exterior.5cm wide x 30cm tall. 2. Cut 2 pieces each of lining. .. and HSI. Cut out your main body pieces – cut out these pieces as shown below.wrong side together/up/out COTOS .• • • • • • ½ yard of oilcloth (or your choice of fabric) for the exterior and (optional) outer pocket.cut out these pieces as shown below..cup of tea one sugar ..right side together/up/out WST/U/O . oilcloth. Main body pattern dimensions = 27. Abbreviations: • • • • HSI . Make up flap pattern and cut out flap pieces . 1.heavy sew-in interlining RST/U/O .
Make up pattern for the bag base .as shown below. oilcloth. 4. From this pattern cut out one piece each of lining fabric. From this pattern cut out one piece each of lining fabric.. The freehand curve starts and stops 4cm up and 4cm along the bottom corner. 3. Cut out your front pocket pieces . and HSI. and HSI. oilcloth. Pocket pattern dimensions = 22cm wide x 13cm tall.. .Flap pattern dimensions = 18cm wide x 17cm tall..cut out these pieces as shown below..
straps. Ensure the loose corners of the paper are on the bottom right hand side and draw curve starting and stopping 6cm along and 4cm up. From this bag base pattern cut one each of oilcloth. and loops . You should end up with a pattern piece like the one below. ..from the lining fabric and HSI.. Yes I know it it looks like this pattern is 20cm wide. and HSI. BUT we'll ignore that. your pattern needs to be 19cm wide.5cm tall sheet of paper and fold it into quarters as shown above.. Cut the curve and open the paper out. lining. Cut out handle.. 5.Cut out a 19cm wide x 13.. Cut out these pieces as shown below.
and loops . Turn pocket right side out through the gap.make up all of the straps as shown in this tutorial (step 3) except this time we are substituting the double sided fleece for HSI and you do no not have to fold down the raw edge ends when making the straps . Snip off the corners to make turning right side out easier.with the exception of one of the ends of the long straps . Make up pocket and stitch pocket to bag exterior front piece . make them too long and trim if neccess.. Grab handle = one of 24cm x 10cm from lining and one of 24cm x 5cm from HSI 2.1. and finally oilcloth wrong side up (WSU).make a pockety sandwich: starting from bottom lay HSI on table then the lining right side up (RSU). Strap loops = two of 20cm x 10cm from lining and one of 2ocm x 5cm from HSI 3. Make up the grab handle. You can press the pocket on the lining side on a med heat (not too hot.) 6.. Position and stitch the pocket to the bag front exterior piece as shown below.fold down one of the raw ends of the long bag straps as in the strap tute. Sew sandwich all around sides and bottom leaving a 8cm gap in the bottom. . don't wanna melt the oilcloth!). 7. Straps = two of 80-90cm x 10cm from lining and one of 80-90cm cm x 5cm from HSI (depends how tall you are. straps.
We can't use pins because that will scar the cloth. 4cm up from the bottom edge (I know that in the picture the pocket looks higher than 4cm up. On the pocket ensure the long edge with the gap is at the bottom of the pocket..Place the pocket in the center. Bring the bag flap lining (with the mag snap half attached) and the oilcloth RST and stitch all around the sides and bottom.. Make up bag flap .lay the bag flap HSI onto the wrong side of the lining bag flap piece and treat as one layer. 8.. Clip the curves as shown below.harrumph!). Remove the sticky tape.5cm up from the bottom edge. Apply the non-magnetic half (for instructions see step 5 of this tutorial) of the magnetic snap 2.. Use sticky tape to 'baste' the pocket to the bag front. Now attach you Teflon foot to your machine sew the pocket to the bag front by topstitching the sides and bottom of the pocket (sewing the gap shut as you sew). . but that is because I later messed up the base of the bag and I had to trim the bottom edge off.
. 10. Fold in short edge by 2cm and stitch down. Baste the HSI and strap loops to the bag exterior base .. . 9.make central markings on the HSI as shown below. Make up casing for ties .. Set bag flap aside.Clipping the curves on any curved corners will give you a smoother result for when you turn things right side out.lay the casing HSI onto the wrong side of the casing fabric and treat as one layer.. Set aside. Fold the short edges of the casing 2cm and stitch as shown below.
In fact. . Baste into position and set aside.Make central markings on the bottom and side edges as shown then lay the marked HSI onto the oilcloth bag base and treat as one layer. repeat with the other strap loop and silver ring.. Now thread one of the silver rectangular rings onto one of the strap loops . Position and baste the strap loops onto the bag base as shown below. if you stitch the HSI to the oilcloth (all around) a few mms from the edge you'll save yourself from a lot of grief for when we come to step 10. Fold each strap loop in half (with ring attached) so that raw edges meet and place on bag base 8cm apart.. so do it now.
Starting from the top: thread the stitched end of the bag strap in through your slider and stitch the end down (in a box shape for strength) to secure.position all straps as shown below... 13. Stitch bag exterior front to bag exterior back . Finally thread the same raw en of the strap in and through the slider.take one of the long straps and check out the picture below. ..11. Baste the bag straps and grab handle onto the exterior bag back piece . 12. Now make small central markings on the bottom edge of the HSI side of the main body (like you did on the bag base earlier)..create a sandwich with the oilcloth main body pieces RST in the middle (as the filling) and the HSI on the outside (as the bread). Make up the adjustable bag straps . You should now have an adjustable strap ready for basting to the exterior bag back piece. Stitch along the long side edges only. Next thread the raw end of the strap through the silver ring on one of the strap loops.
Baste the bag flap onto the exterior bag back piece .. Baste flap into place. Baste the ends of the grab handle either side of the long straps. Place the flap lining side up onto the center top edge of the bag back (on top of the grab handle and straps).I have put my long straps at angle.position and baste the bag flap as shown below.. 14. .
As we are using oilcloth it will to too awkward to pin all around (if you are making this bag with normal fabric you should be fine to pin all around). IMPORTANT: ensure that the strap loops (on the bag base) are NOT on the same side as the pocket on the front of the main body ... This where the markings we made in step 8 really come in handy. nice cuppa was it . I found that it is fine to just pin one side of the bag base (with the 2 pins) before sewing. Now is a really good time to have a COTOS .. OK.you'll see what I mean in a minute. Start by pinning the right sides of the bag base to the side seam of the main body as shown below.pocket will be on front of bag.. straps will be on back of bag.(and how about some caramel shortbread while you're at it?) because this part is the most awkward bit. .. Match the short edge central marking to a side seam on the main body and pin with a couple of pins in the seam allowance..15. Have a nice brew and we'll come back and work slowly through this bit together. heh!) and oilcloth it's little tricky.what cake or biccie do you have)? We are now going to stitch the bag exterior base to the bag exterior body and because we are working with curved corners (aren't we all... Stitch bag exterior base to bag exterior main body .even though we are not going to stitch on the oilcloth side you'll find that as we sew the oilcloth on the side seams will most likely stick to the stitching plate on you machine so to prevent this I just place a little piece oilcloth WSU onto the bobbin cover of my machine like this. 16.
. You can see that I am just about to approach one of the 4 curved corners ooooeerrrrr!! Just kidding.This little piece of WSU oilcoth is sticky enough to stay in place on top of my bobbin cover thus preventing my oilcloth work from sticking to the work surface of my machine as I sew. just experiment to see what works... start sewing the side edge of the bag base as shown below (make sure the strap loops on the bag base remain tucked out the way). You might need a larger piece of oilcloth than I do. All you have to do is lift up your presser foot (with needle in the down position) and take the main body in your right hand and sort of force it it into the curve of the bag base like I have below. Righty.. . it's not that bad. In this pic I have stitched along the straight edge of the side edges of the bag base and main body.
.. Continue to stop and start in this way until you show that bag base curve just who is the boss in this relationship!!! Soon enough you'll have beaten that curved corner into submission and you'll hit a nice ans easy straight long edge ahhhh.. ..I'm taking the main body in my right hand and I'm forcing it into the curve of the bag base by stopping and lifting up my presser foot doing a bit of re-positioning and stitching..
position and stitch the casing to the bag as shown below. only another 3 corners to go.you can rejoice because all is well :) Continue stitching all around base. After you have finished turn the bag right side out. Place the casing on the center top edge of the bag flap and baste the casing to the bag all around the bag. Unknown Deleted: filled your swear jar to the brim Fold the casing in half RSO by bringing the long raw edges together. Stitch the casing to the top edge of the bag exterior .. . If the markers meet each other as in the pic .. Fold in half width ways to find the center point of the casing (as in my pink dot).Here is another of those central markers. this time on one the long edges of the bag base and the main body .. 17..
This will leave a mag snap mark on the bag front so I know where to apply the other half of the snap. .. Apply the magnetic half of the snap to the bag body front ... Push the snap prongs through both the oilcloth and the HSI layers.18.with the bag front facing you bring the bag flap down and press hard so as to leave an mag snap impression on the bag front. Here I am pressing the mag snap down hard onto the bag front (and doing some pretty nifty fabric matching at the same time). This should be the result.
Make the up the tie . that's one dinky-doo backpack you've just made :) I hope you enjoy giving this tutorial a go. 2008 in Purse & Bag Tutorials & How Tos | Permalink More. Cut out 4 discs and trap a tie end in between 2 of the discs and glue together.in the same way as the bag straps except there is no HSI needed. To finish off the tie you can knot the ends.. Except you have to leave a 10cm gap in one of the long edges of the bag base for pulling through. or if you want you can use oilcloth discs (like I have). Use a big paper clip to thread the tie through the casing. and 15-16. Make up the lining bag .. I'll be checking it regular! Posted on March 08. or use beads. I always love this bit. Hurrah! You're all done! You have to admit it. Make up the lining bag as in steps 11. if you do I'd really love to see a pic of in in the new "Bags made from my tutorials' Flickr group. Sew the gap in the lining by pushing the raw edges into the gap and topstitching close to the edge for a neat finish. 20. Pull out the exterior bag completely through the gap in the lining..5cm seam allowance. Insert the exterior bag into the bag lining so that the right sides of both bags are now touching each other and pin (in the seam allowance only). . Yep. Stitch the bag lining to the bag exterior at the top edge with a 1. Now pull the exterior bag through the gap in the lining.and stitch it to the exterior bag..19.
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