Sunday, 7 July 2013

Fashion Fix: Back Pack Series: From Scratch

I couldn't do a back pack series without one simple make from scratch project. This is a really simple draw-string bag idea. In fact it resembles the very first thing I remember sewing when I was 7, so there is no excuse!

You will need:
  • 1 metre medium weight rucksack fabric
  • 1/2 metre  heavy weight fabric for base and flap
  • 3 m ribbon/cord for straps, drawstring, hanging loop and toggle loop
  • 1 toggle
  • 30 cm metre bias binding
  • safety pin
  • sewing machine and matching thread
  • dressmaking pins
  • dressmaking scissors
  • dinner plate
  • pen

How to do it:
  1. draw around a dinner plate for your base fabric, cut out.
  2. measure the circumference and cut a rectangle out of your rucksack fabric with the base circumference as the length (plus 1.5 cm seam allowance) and your chosen width (the height of the rucksack plus 7cm)
  3. fold your rucksack fabric width ways right sides together and pin up the side leaving 7 cm at the top. machine a running stitch stopping at the 10 cm gap.
  4. apply bias binding to the 7 cm length of fabric left unsewn.
  5. place the rucksack tube onto the circular base, right sides together and pin. Machine a running stitch around the base. turn the right way round.
  6. to create the drawstring channel, fold the top 7 cm of rucksack fabric down 1.5 cm and then  in on itself 5.5 cm and pin along the edge. pin and machine a running stitch.
  7. tie one end of your drawstring cord to a safety pin and thread it through the channel. Once through, knot both ends and tie together.
  8. cut your rucksack flap, pin and machine it to the centre back of the rucksack.
  9. Sew a loop to the front underside of the flap and a toggle to the rucksack in the same place to secure the opening.
  10. machine sew your straps to the centre back underside of the flap and the other ends at the bottom outer corners of the rucksack base
  11. cut a 10cm length of cord and machine sew a hanging loop to the centre back underside of the flap.

Types of Stitch:
machine running stitch

Fabric and provider
all fabric, my own.
ribbon from Fabricland
0117 922 0500

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