Monday, November 14, 2016

Bag It - Draw String Backpack

Elm Street Quilts Bag It Drawstring backpack tutorial


This backpack isn't just an ordinary drawstring backpack - there is a twist!  The twist is a hidden pocket in the side seam.  My phone fits neatly inside and is nice and secure.



Supplies you will need - (supply source information)


# pieces
Dimensions
 (height x width)
  Primary fabric
Two (2)
17 ½ x 13 ½  ‘’
Lining fabric
Two (2)
17 ½ x 13 ½  ‘’
Pocket fabric
Two (2)
11 x 6 ½ ‘’
Grommet tab fabric
Two (2)
3 x 5 ‘’
Fusible Fleece
Two (2)
17 ½ x 13 ½  ‘’
 (Note – sample used canvas fabric and no fusible fleece was required)
Fusible Fleece -grommet tab
Two (2)
2 ½ x 5 ‘’
Interfacing (lightweight)
Two (2)
11 x 6 ½ ‘’
Cording
Two (2)
60’’
Grommets
Two (2)
7/16 ‘’ or slightly smaller
Zipper
One (1)
10’’


Note - for directional prints the measurements are listed as height by width.  So you'll need a piece  1½ '' high by 13 ½ '' wide.  
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Prepare grommet  

Note - numbers in ( ) refer to the photo below.  Also reference grommet tutorial.

Center fusible on grommet tab fabric and iron to wrong side of fabric.  Fold in half and press. (1)

Center grommet on folded grommet tab (2)

Trace circle inside grommet.  (3)

Cut fabric and fusible inside the traced circle to make hole. (4)

Fold in half along pressed line  Insert grommet and trace second circle on fusible fleece of other side. (5)

Cut fabric and fusible fleece inside traced circle to make second hole. (6)

Fold over and test that grommet fits correctly. (7)

Fold raw edges over fusible fleece. (8)

Fold in half (along pressed line).  The two holes should be aligned.  Top stitch around 3 sides of grommet tab. (not shown)

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Install grommet according to directions on grommet tool.  I used a large flat rock outside my home to rest the base tool on.  Wear safety goggles and take care when using hammer.

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Repeat for second grommet tab unit.  Photo (9) above shows how grommet tab will look once installed into bag.  Grommet tab unit should now measure 2 ½ x 2 ½ ‘’.   


Prepare lining

Right sides together, sew side seam on both sides of lining fabric. Sew seam across bottom, leaving a 3-4'' gap for turning.


Prepare outer bag and pocket

Iron lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of each of the pockets for extra stability.  Iron medium weight interfacing to the wrong side of both primary fabric pieces.

On wrong side of primary fabric piece 1, mark the following lines:

  • on both the left and right sides, measured from top edge, line at 1'' and 2''
  • on both the left and right sides, measured from bottom edge, line at 1'' 
  • on the right side, measured from bottom edge, line at 3''

On wrong side of primary fabric piece 2, mark the following line:
  • on the left side, measured from bottom edge, line at 3"



Open zipper and lay right side down against right side of fabric.  Align bottom of zipper tape to the line marked on fabric.

Secure top and bottom of zipper each with a single pin.

Elm Street Quilts Bag It Drawstring backpack tutorial

Lay pocket over zipper (right side down).  The bottom of the pocket should align with bottom of zipper tape.   Secure pocket, zipper and fabric with pins.

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Sew along pocket edge to secure zipper sandwiched between pocket and front panel.

Elm Street Quilts Bag It Drawstring backpack tutorial

Repeat for second side of zipper attaching it to the second primary panel.

Elm Street Quilts Bag It Drawstring backpack tutorial

Layer pocket, pin.

Elm Street Quilts Bag It Drawstring backpack tutorial

The zipper is now tucked into the side seam.

Elm Street Quilts Bag It Drawstring backpack tutorial

Place grommet tab such that it is nestled right to the bottom of the zipper stop.  The tab will also end up sandwiched between the very bottom part of the pocket and the finished edge of the grommet tab is aligned to the 1'' mark.

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Sew side seam from bottom of zipper to bottom of bag to secure grommet tab.  (See diagram below).

Pin pocket edges.  Sew pocket seam and top side seam as shown in diagram, leaving a gap between the marks made at 1'' and 2''.  As you sew close to the top and bottom of zipper, proceed cautiously so that you don't strike zipper stops.



Pin edge of grommet tab 1'' from bottom of other side of bag.  Sew side seam , leaving a gap between the marks made at 1'' and 2''.   Sew across bottom side seam.


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If you look carefully at the photo below, you'll see a bit of the zipper tab will show.  I was fine with this so didn't fuss with a way for that not to happen.

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Another view of side seam with zipper.

Elm Street Quilts Bag It Drawstring backpack tutorial

As with lining, finger press seams open around the opening for the cording.

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Sew around opening to secure.

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Final Bag Assembly

Nest the lining fabric inside the outer fabric, right sides together.  Make sure the side seams align as do the openings for the cording.

Pin along top edge and sew completely around 1/4'' from the top.  Turn right side out (always a fun part of the process!)

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Top stitch 1/4'' from top.

Elm Street Quilts Bag It Drawstring backpack tutorial


Sew a second line of top stitching slightly less than 3/4'' from top and a third line of top stitching 1 1/2'' from top to create casing.

Elm Street Quilts Bag It Drawstring backpack tutorial


Take one piece of cording and thread it through casing starting at the side that has the zipper in the side seam.  Feed these through the entire casing around the entire bag.

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Align both ends through grommet.  Tie a knot large enough to ensure it won't slip through grommet.

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Repeat  using second piece of cording entering the casing from the side seam that does not have the zipper.

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Close opening in bottom of lining by hand or by machine.

Enjoy!


Elm Street Quilts Bag It Drawstring backpack tutorial





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Have a wonderful day! Patty

5 comments:

  1. The hidden pocket is genius! Great tutorial, thanks!

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  2. What a clever idea! I don't tend to make bags, but the ones I can seem to handle are simple drawstring bags and I will definitely come back and consider using this tutorial in the future. Thanks for linking up!

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  3. A great bag and excellent tutorial!

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  4. A gorgeous bag and a really comprehensive tutorial - thank you!

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  5. Very fun and useful. The tutorial is great too!

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