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Everyday Backpack

Created By:

Sam Fung

Skill Level:

There are so many uses for this stylish yet easy-to-make Everyday backpack. Depending upon your fabric choice, it can accompany a youngster to class for the day or make a stylish mini backpack-styled purse for the woman on the go. The options are endless! 

The Finished Size: 10″ W × 12″ H × 3¼″ D                                                         

Janome Supplies Required

Any Janome sewing machine

Red Tip Needle

Zigzag foot A

Fabric and Notions Required

½ yd 44” wide print fabric for top flap and bottom pocket

½ yd 44” wide solid contrast for bag

1 yd 44” wide solid contrasting lining for flap, pocket, and bag

1 yd 45” wide Pellon fusible fleece

3 yd 20” wide Pellon Shape Flex 101

1 2/3 yd 1” wide webbing

1 Magnetic snap fastener

1 Small ½” Swivel Hook with D ring

Thread to match fabric

Pattern Printed at 100%

Tape 

Instructions
  1. Print patterns at 100%, Pattern will need to be printed on 11” X 17” sheets of paper. Pattern #1 and #5 will print on 2 pieces of paper and taped together.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

  2. Cut two 18” pieces from Shape Flex 101.
  3. Fuse 1 to wrong side of print fabric.
  4. Fuse 2nd piece to the lining that you plan to use for the print fabric.
  5. The rest of the interfacing will be fused to the solid contrast for bag fabric. There is no interfacing used on the remaining lining fabric.
  6. Place print fabric interfacing side up, cut one each pattern piece #2 and #3. Do the same to the fabric that you plan to use as lining. 
  7. Repeat the process for pieces #1 and #4 but cut 2 of each.
  8. From fusible fleece cut 2 pieces from pattern #7and one each of #5 and #6.
  9. Center fusible side of fleece to the wrong side of # each corresponding piece. When fusing fleece there should be a 3/8” seam allowance all the way around.

10. Mark all notches from pattern to fabric.

11. Trace Snap closer onto lining piece #3 and place the male end of the snap on marked location. 

 

At Machine:

Note: Seam allowance is 3/8”.

  1. With right sides together, sew #3 along edge of batting leaving the top open. Clip corners turn right side out and press. Top stitch around turned edge.
  2. With right sides together, sew piece #2 top and curved seams together. Clip curves and cut corners diagonally, turn inside out and press. Top stitch curves. 
  3. Take piece #2 and place it on right side of bottom of #1, pin in place. Double stitch across top pocket, stitch close to the edge on side and bottom raw seam. 
  4. Center piece #3 on top of pocket and about a ¼” from top edge, mark placement for snap closure, and put in female end. 
  5. Cut 1 piece of webbing 7” and 2 pieces at 25”.
  6. On 2nd piece of #1 right side up, mark from center top 1 ½” on each side. Place the one 25” strap on each side of the marking that you made. You will have a 1” space between the straps. 
  7. Take 7” strip and place it directly on top of 2 straps forming a loop. Sew across top of webbing near the edge to hold in place.
  8. On bottom edge of the 2 straps turn under ¼” and pin in place near the top/bottom corner of the batting. Stitch in place using a double row of stitching to secure.  
  9. Take completed piece #3, wrong side facing up, matching center notch to the piece you just finished pin in place and sew across top. 

10. With right sides together sew side seams and the bottom seam. Press seams open. 

11. Match up the side and bottom seam and sew across. Turn inside out. 

12. Take piece #4, fold long raw edges toward the center of both pieces, press. Sew down each side. 

13. Insert one strap into D ring and the other into Swivel Hook.

14. With front of  bag facing you, attach swivel hook to right hand side centering it over side seam and D ring on left  side, pin in place and sew across top.

15. With right sides together take the lining of piece #1, sew side seams and on the bottom seam leave an opening.

16. Press the side seams.

17.  Match bottom seam to side seam and sew across.

18. Insert lining into bag  right sides together.

19.  Pin and stitch across around top of bag.

20. Turn bag right side out through opening in lining and stitch opening closed. Push lining into bag.

21. Press along top of bag where the lining is sewn.

22. Top stitch around top, be sure you don’t stitch down top flap or the clip and D ring.

23. Press bag again to get rid of any creases from sewing, hook the D ring to the clip, close flap, and you’re done!

 

1.    Print patterns at 100%, Pattern will need to be printed on 11” X 17” sheets of paper. Pattern #1 and #5 will print on 2 pieces of paper and taped together.

2.    Cut two 18” pieces from Shape Flex 101.

3.    Fuse 1 to wrong side of print fabric.

4.    Fuse 2nd piece to the lining that you plan to use for the print fabric.

5.    The rest of the interfacing will be fused to the solid contrast for bag fabric. There is no interfacing used on the remaining lining fabric.

6.    Place print fabric interfacing side up, cut one each pattern piece #2 and #3. Do the same to the fabric that you plan to use as lining. Fig3

7.    Repeat the process for pieces #1 and #4 but cut 2 of each.

8.    From fusible fleece cut 2 pieces from pattern #7and one each of #5 and #6.

9.    Center fusible side of fleece to the wrong side of # each corresponding piece. When fusing fleece there should be a 3/8” seam allowance all the way around.

10.Mark all notches from pattern to fabric.

11.Trace Snap closer onto lining piece #3 and place the male end of the snap on marked location. Fig4

 

At Machine:

Note: Seam allowance is 3/8”.

1.    With right sides together, sew #3 along edge of batting leaving the top open. Clip corners turn right side out and press. Top stitch around turned edge.

2.    With right sides together, sew piece #2 top and curved seams together. Clip curves and cut corners diagonally, turn inside out and press. Top stitch curves. Fig5

3.    Take piece #2 and place it on right side of bottom of #1, pin in place. Double stitch across top pocket, stitch close to the edge on side and bottom raw seam. Fig6

4.    Center piece #3 on top of pocket and about a ¼” from top edge, mark placement for snap closure, and put in female end. Fig7

5.    Cut 1 piece of webbing 7” and 2 pieces at 25”.

6.    On 2nd piece of #1 right side up, mark from center top 1 ½” on each side. Place the one 25” strap on each side of the marking that you made. You will have a 1” space between the straps. Fig8

7.    Take 7” strip and place it directly on top of 2 straps forming a loop. Sew across top of webbing near the edge to hold in place.

8.    On bottom edge of the 2 straps turn under ¼” and pin in place near the top/bottom corner of the batting. Stitch in place using a double row of stitching to secure.  Fig9

9.    Take completed piece #3, wrong side facing up, matching center notch to the piece you just finished pin in place and sew across top. Fig10

10.With right sides together sew side seams and the bottom seam. Press seams open. Fig11

11.Match up the side and bottom seam and sew across. Turn inside out. Fig12

12.Take piece #4, fold long raw edges toward the center of both pieces, press. Sew down each side. Fig13

13.Insert one strap into D ring and the other into Swivel Hook.

14.With front of  bag facing you, attach swivel hook to right hand side centering it over side seam and D ring on left  side, pin in place and sew across top.

15.With right sides together take the lining of piece #1, sew side seams and on the bottom seam leave an opening.

16.Press the side seams.

17. Match bottom seam to side seam and sew across.

18.Insert lining into bag  right sides together.

19. Pin and stitch across around top of bag.

20.Turn bag right side out through opening in lining and stitch opening closed. Push lining into bag.

21.Press along top of bag where the lining is sewn.

22.Top stitch around top, be sure you don’t stitch down top flap or the clip and D ring.

23.Press bag again to get rid of any creases from sewing, hook the D ring to the clip, close flap, and you’re done!

 

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Tako
Beautiful
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

cpindzola
Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Txmaid
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
MickelSews
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
rvstan
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

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