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Sew on backpack - trendy city backpack with instructions + pattern

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  • Quick guide: Rolling backpack

Sporty and totally in - the city backpack. As a hand-free alternative for handbags, this hip accessory has long become socially acceptable for women. Of course, the popularity of the backpack is still unbroken among children and adolescents.

In today's guide, I'll show you how to easily tailor your new favorite companion yourself. In doing so, I take up the popular trend of the roller backpack. I sew a smaller version for a girl, the pattern for the urban backpack described can be adjusted as desired.

Difficulty 1.5 / 5
(suitable for beginners)

Material costs 2/5
(on fabrics and accessories is expected to about 20 to 40 €)

Time required 1.5 / 5
(with this guide you should be ready in 1-2 hours with the backpack)

material selection

For my backpack I would like to use a nice quilted cotton motif fabric. Since this is not particularly strong and also stretchy, I have decided for a combination with woven linen fabric, which should give my accessory a little more stability. He should not be too stiff, so I renounce ironing inserts (fleece). For the straps I use webbing and a plastic clip closure.

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Tip: So that the webbing does not fray, wiggle briefly with the lighter under all cuts, so the fibers connect. Remember that you CAN NOT iron the webbing!


As a base for the backpack I use a rectangle with the dimensions 12 x 20 cm plus NZ, so 13.5 x 21.5 cm. The circumference is therefore 64 cm, so I need for the upper part of my bag a fabric width including NZ of 65.5 cm. Since I am sewing for a girl, I limit myself to the height of 45 cm. For adults I would estimate at least 60 cm in height.

My top is to be divided into three: The bottom part of linen fabric for extra stability, the middle and top each of the motif fabric. I just need the upper part between the middle and top to sew on the back of the shoulder good and the top fastener. The inside pocket of my backpack is sewn in one piece.

So I need:

  • 2x 13.5 x 21.5 cm linen fabric
  • 1x 65.5 x 46.5 cm linen fabric
  • 1x 65.5 x 16.5 cm linen fabric
  • 2x 65.5 x 16.5 cm motif fabric

Tip: Read this guide through to the end before you start sewing. Draw the measurements on paper to estimate what size is right for you. Also the ground rectangle can be adjusted arbitrarily, as long as you recalculate the circumference. Even a circle or oval is conceivable, calculate the circumference with the appropriate mathematical formula.

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Sew city backpack

Cut all pieces as indicated in the pattern (or calculated by you), reinforce with non-woven fabric if necessary and finish if necessary.

Put all the sections of the outer bag in front of you. The shoulder straps are sewn in between the two upper thirds just outside the seam allowance. Iron the seam allowances apart and lay the fabric piece back in front of you. Now fold the lower third up,

pin or clasp both layers together again and sew them together. Iron the seam allowances apart again.

Now fold the resulting rectangle sideways together. Be careful not to sew the straps with the following stitching. You can fold this up. Close the side edge.

Apply the resulting tube and mark the front center for a short piece of belt that is about half the height of the city rucksack and sew it in the seam allowance.

Also, mark the desired position for the underside of the risers and sew them within the seam allowance.

Fold one of the two bottoms in the middle to create a centerline. Apply the hose again and firmly attach the bottom to the bottom. The center fold serves as a guideline for fitting. The fold should come to lie exactly on the seam on one side. sew around. Make the inner bag as well. This step requires some practice and concentration!

The last two seams ...

Put one of the two bags made in this way in the other so that they lie on each other right to right. Fix at least the front and the back center and sew almost all the way around - you should avoid the turning opening.

Pull both bags through the turning opening and then insert the inner bag into the outer bag.

Tip: To make the upper finish look more beautiful, place it so that the outer fabric overlaps slightly and iron the edges - even at the turning opening.

Step around once not too close-edged.


I deliberately chose the pattern simply so that as few as possible cutting parts are to be processed, because I wanted to work anyway with a tripartite division. Unfortunately, there is no way to sew the starting point for the upper belt. I sewed it just above the shoulder good.

Usually, the insertion side of the buckle is now attached to the bottom. The girl I'm sewing for wanted exactly the other way around, because she finds it so beautiful. That's why I also sewed and shortened the webbing that comes from above. The disadvantage is that you can no longer adjust the height of the backpack.

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So mount the plug-in side to the webbing that comes from the bottom (just the opposite way as in my example) and the counterpart at the top. The protruding upper webbing I would hit twice after threading and quilting edged, so it can not slip out of the buckle. To fix, I sew as close as possible to the buckle, once a few inches away (narrow-edged at the end of the webbing) and then again in the cross.

And the backpack is ready!


At least the division in the upper third is necessary for the straps, apart from that you can divide arbitrarily. Diagonals are also beautiful.

For a city backpack for adults, I would extend the part above the shoulder straps. As a result, the backpack gains more in volume and can, if it is not needed, simply rolled several times.

Quick guide: Rolling backpack

1. Cut all fabric pieces according to pattern or instructions
2. If necessary, reinforce and finish fabric parts
3. Place shoulder straps between top and center just beside the NZ and sew in
4. Add lower part
5. Close sides and turn
6. Sew on the lower strap for the closure
7. Position and sew lower sides of the shoulder straps
8. Sew on the ground
9. Finishing the inner bag
10. Put the bags in each other and sew together at the top (turning opening!)
11. Turn, iron and close.
12. Sew on the top strap just above the shoulder straps
13. Attach buckles and lock
And done!

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