Drawstring Backpack Sewing Tutorial

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Drawstring Backpack Sewing Tutorial

This drawstring backpack is what Bella and I have been sewing. It looks like a lot of steps but it really does go together quickly and is an easy kids sewing project. You will find it is easier than you think to make one of those string backpacks with this backpack pattern. It has some similar techniques as my reversible tote bag tutorial. It is a good beginner sewing project for kids. Sharing the gift of sewing is amazing. Don’t miss the Kids Sewing Series. I have tried to have some fun simple sewing projects to get you started. We used a 7/16″ inch grommet. If you used a smaller cord, a smaller grommet might be needed. Mix the 3″ X 10″ pieces up! So you have one of each kind. So we have a dot and a flower. Place right sides together. Sew along one side, across the top, and down the other side — leave the bottom open. Repeat for other piece. Press each piece in half. Make sure to line edges up neatly.


Center one folded piece along the top of each fabric piece. Make sure the folded edge is facing down and top edges match nicely. Machine baste (longest stitch you can make on your sewing machine) along the top to keep it in place. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together. Sew down one side, across the bottom and up the other side. Leave the top completely open. Place the other two fabric pieces right sides together. Sew down one side, across the bottom LEAVE A 3 INCH OPENING in the bottom middle, then continue sewing along the bottom and up the other side. Leave the top completely open. Turn the pieces, with the folded piece sewn at the top in, right side out. Slip it inside the other piece. Rights sides will be together. Sew all the way around the top. This is easiest if your sewing machine has a free arm.


Otherwise just go slowly. Make sure edges along the top match. Turn the whole thing right side through the 3″ opening that was left open at the bottom. Sew the hole shut and push the lining into the bag. At each bottom corner measure up 1 inch and over 1 inch and mark. Cut a hole through all layers of fabric the size of the grommet. Read package directions. I did this part for Bella. Place large grommet up through the hole. Place ring on the other side over the grommet. Place black plastic piece under the large grommet and the tool through to top ring and firmly hammer. Feed 68 inches of cording through the top pockets. Next, feed another 68 inches of cording through the pocket but go the opposite direction. Bring the cording through the grommet and tie with a knot. Repeat for the other side. A useful drawstring backpack that is fully lined! More fun things to sew! Once you have made your drawstring backpack check out these beginning sewing projects perfect for sewing with kids. We especially love the sewing sheets!


LUBBOCK, TEXAS (KLBK/KAMC) — A West Texas man accused of putting his girlfriend’s 10-month-old daughter in a backpack and leaving her in a car trunk for five hours has been charged with capital murder. Trevor Marquis Rowe of Lubbock was arrested Tuesday night for the death of Marion Jester-Montoya. The warrant said Rowe is not the father of the child but was dating her mother. The warrant said he took Marion to his job site at 130th and Upland Avenue and then left her in a backpack on the floorboard of a car. At some point, he discovered that she got out of the backpack. He put her back in. By lunchtime, he checked on her and found she was “lightly crying but breathing.” He then went to a fast-food drive through. He also went to two stores. After lunch, the warrant said he placed the backpack into the trunk of the car with Marion inside. Just before 5:00 pm, he checked on her, and she was not breathing.


I made one - I made one! And, it's absolutely ADORABLE. I don't have a webpage or anything so I am going to have to figure out how to share photos, but THANK you so much for this! Just a side note, I've been sewing for about a year with no formal lessons. I don't know how the other people got this project done while their kids were napping. It took me almost 6 hours over a two day period to make this. I did add some embellishments, but I'd say they added about an hour to the total project. Worth all the time it took, but wanted to give a heads up to some of the other novice sewers - it may take slightly more time than you think. I used a pair of my husband's old work jeans, and a patchwork type print (from Walmart) my mom had used as curtains in her laundry room then gave them to me when she moved. The best part of all - I am a total hero in my 4 year old daughter's eyes. One backpack made, and two more to go!