Back(pack) to School!


We have one final back to school project to round out our series. We hope you’ve all had a fabulous week and that this project is one that might inspire you for the weekend;).

What is one thing that every kid (big or small) needs for the school year? A backpack! Having a bag in which to lug around school books, afternoon snacks and small treasures is a necessity. There are a million varieties out there, but why go for standard when you can choose extraordinary. Designer Cassie Williams of Elegantitus put together an awesome backpack tutorial that will allow you to get creative and send your kiddos to school in style. Her design features fabrics from Fort Firefly by Teagan White for Birch Fabrics.



Back(pack) to School
An intermediate to challenging project, this versatile backpack has everything a grade schooler needs – room for books, folders, water bottle and a pocket for treasures on the front!

Materials Needed
— 1-1/2 yards Cotton for Outer Bag
— 1-1/2 yards Lining Fabric
— 2 yards Pellon® 931TD Fusible Midweight
— 1-1/2 yards Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
— 1 package or 1 yard of Pellon® 100 Vinyl Fuse™
— 1-1/2 yards of 1″ wide Nylon Webbing
— 2 Ladder Lock Buckles
— 1 Heavy Duty Zipper – 20″
— 1 Heavy Duty Zipper – 9″
— 6″ Length of 1/4″ Elastic
— Thread

Tools Needed
— Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
— Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies

For a free downloadable pdf of this pattern, visit the project page here. We’d love to see what you make, so be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page OR share with our ‘Made with Pellon®‘ flickr group!

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cassiewilliamsCassie is a mid-twenties seamstress who likes quilting and garment construction. She loves the feeling of knowing that her hard work resulted in something useful, beautiful and when she can manage it, sustainable. She loves giving handmade gifts and puttering in her garden. She lives in a sweet baby blue restored vintage travel trailer and runs a small retail shop (with her best friend, of course!) in another canned ham.

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7 thoughts on “Back(pack) to School!

    • admin says:

      Hi Murni — absolutely! This is a free pattern. It is not intended to for, but for personal use only. If you’re passing it along and your friends are making bags too, tag us in the photos! I’m sure the designer would love to see what people are making from her pattern:). Thanks! Erin

  1. SonjaJL says:

    i am making these cute backpacks for a couple girls,I just need a strong fabric,they want to use them for hiking,any ideas on fabric?I thought Duck cloth or?

    • admin says:

      You could try some sort of ripstop Nylon? I know that is pretty durable! I’d love to see them when you’re all done if you’d like to share! Best of luck! — Erin at Pellon

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