Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Simple Knapsack Pattern
My daughter and I made knapsacks to take on our vacation next week, and I wanted to share my pattern with you!
You will need 2 Fat Quarters and 3 and 3/4 yards of something for a drawstring. I bought some cording at Walmart, it looks like it is twisted together. Now this stuff wants to untwist, so make sure when you cut it, that you put tape around where you are going to cut and then cut through the middle of the tape. If you try to cut it and then quickly tape it, you will never be able to get it to look just the same (ask me how I know!). So, find the center of your piece of drawstring, tape around it and the cut down the center of the tape so that you now have two pieces.
Cut two rectangles from your fabric, 14 X 16 inches. You can cut it bigger if you want a larger knapsack. Choose one of the narrow sides to be your top. Now make two marks on each of the longer sides near the top.
One mark is 1 and 1/4" from the edge, then another mark 2 and 1/4". This is going to help you form the casing for the drawstring.
Sew from the edge to the first mark, leave the space between the marks un-sewn, then sew from the second mark, down about 5 more inches.
Now you are ready to thread the drawstring! To make it easier I pin a large safety pin through the cording.
Now sew from the bottom edge up the side to meet up with your other stitching. I sewed over the cord, reversed and then came forward over it again to secure the cords.
I went back and sewed over again a couple of times just to make sure this is nice and secure. Repeat this on the other side with the other drawstring.
After both sides are sewn, sew across the bottom and you are all done!
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