June 25, 2012
Drawstring Backpack Tutorial AKA The D Bag
D asked me to make her a drawstring backpack. She hardly ever asks me to make her ANYTHING so I jumped right on it. LOL
You will need -
1/2 yard of main fabric
1/2 yard of contrast
ribbon, rick rack, something for the drawstring ;)
Step 1 - Measure how long you will need your straps to be. Fold fabric over to where you have 4" below the fold. Cut 2.
Step 2 - While still folded in half with right sides together, press, pin and sew. Do the same to other strap.
Step 3 - Press flat with seam in the middle. Fold in half again, press and pin. Do the same to the other strap.
Step 4 - Sew 2 straight lines down the straps, one on each side. Do the same to the other strap.
Step 5 - Pin your straps to the outside of the main bag fabric.
Step 6 - Sew the end of the strap to the bag using a finishing stitch. Do that to all 4 ends.
Step 7 - Fold the strap down and sew a square with an X to reinforce it. Do that to all 4 ends.
Step 8 - Pin and sew the 2 sides of your bag.
Step 9 - Cut a piece of contrast 4" wide by the width of both sides of your bag.
Step 10 - Fold in half and press.
Step 11 - Fold up 1/4" of one side and press. Do that to the other side.
Step 12 - Fold in ends and press.
Step 13 - Open the casing you just made and pin to the top of your bag.
Step 14- Sew the casing to the top of your bag, leaving the ends open.
Step 15 - Grab your drawstring, if uncut DO NOT CUT! Pin one end and insert into casing.
Step 16 - Pull out a good bit of the drawstring. Cut and sew the ends together. I used a tight zig zag stitch.
Step 17 - Knot.
Let me know if you found this easy to follow!! And if you make one LET ME KNOW!! :)