I have always loved these little drawstring backpacks the kids have, but I have never made one. With summer approaching along with our vacation to the beach, I thought I would make a fun little drawstring backpack for Addy. The older kiddos carry their beach toys, but Addy is still too small to carry too much. When I saw this awesome Drawstring Backpack tutorial from Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts summer list of ideas, I had to make it. It’s a perfect way for Addy to be able to carry all of her little toys back and forth to the beach, and less for me to carry as well!
Warning: This post has LOTS of pictures. I wanted to try and make this easy to follow so you are easily able to make this – if it is your first time to make one! After you have this mastered, you need to jump to this post and make the Minnie Mouse version!
How to Make a Drawstring Backpack
This is a great beginner’s project, and one the little one will adore! First, you need to gather up your supplies:
- 1 yard of fabric for your bag (cut this into 4 pieces of 14″ x 16″ for your bag)
- wonder under (light)
- 1 fat quarter for your monogram or picture
- 2 yards of cord
- Grommet Kit (Or just grommets if you have the device)
- Usual sewing supplies (scissors, thread, sewing machine, iron, etc.)
Next, you want to cut your square corner to corner, like in the picture below.
Next, you want to iron those wrong sides together, and then sew a straight stitch along two sides of the angles pieces.
Then you want to grab your Grommet kit. Follow the easy to use instructions on the packaging and insert your Grommets.
Easy Drawstring Backpack
Take your pieces and place them on your 14″ x 16″cut fabric piece, (see picture below). I placed these about an inch up from the bottom of the bag.
Then place your additional 14″ x 16″ piece over top, and pin all the way around. Make sure you leave a 1″ area from the top so you can insert your drawstring later. Sew a straight stitch along the two sides and bottom about 1/2 inch from edge.
Once you have your stitches sewn and corners cut, turn the bag right side out, and lay off to the side.
Now grab the other two 14″ x 16″ pieces and pin and sew them right sides together, leaving an inch at the top just as you did before.
Drawstring Backpack Tutorial
Leaving your outside bag right side out, and leaving the lining bag wrong side out, insert your outside bag into the wrong side out – inner lining bag. (This reminds me of the Who’s on First Joke, seriously, just read that a few times if it confused you.)
Now you are going to pin and sew all the way around the top edge, but leaving a 3″ gap to pull everything through. Sew ALL of the bottom portions of the bag. (See picture below)
Now you can go ahead and pull the bags through the gap you left.
So after I did this next part, I realized I could have made life a lot easier for myself, but I like the hard road sometimes. I found an anchor from the internet I liked, sized it up, and print it out.
Without doing an actual embroidery design, I still wanted my anchor to look embroidered on the bag. I chose the zig-zag stitch and adjusted the length accordingly.
Go ahead and start doing your zig-zag stitch around the design. (See how hard I made this? It could have been easier with felt, heat and bond, and a straight stitch.)
Easy Drawstring Backpack
Now it’s time to insert the drawstring. With that 1″ opening you still have left earlier, you are going to take one yard of your string, attach a safety pin to it, and feed it through the top right side of the bad. Coming out the end of the left side, feed it through the bottom left side, and then back out the right – backside of the bag. (See pic below) You will then do the same thing with the other one yard of string and start and finish on the left side of the bag.
Find the desired length, cut an excess string you have left, and then tie in a good knot on the underside of the grommet. When you finish this, you are FINISHED!! YAY!!
Addy LOVES her new Drawstring Backpack. She was so excited to put it on and walk around with it.
“Mommy, What’s This???!!”
“Oh, My!!! It’s a CRAB Mommy!!!!”
Now, all we need is the sun and the sand.
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