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How to Sew a Backpack: 19 Free Bag Patterns

Creative and colorful as can be, these backpack sewing patterns are perfect for your entire family!

Updated July 11, 2018
How to Sew a Backpack 19 Free Bag Patterns

Whether you're looking for a more convenient way to carry your stuff or are in search of back to school patterns, learning how to sew a backpack can be a fantastic sewing project to explore. With this collection of How to Sew a Backpack: 19 Free Bag Patterns at your fingertips, you can't go wrong with finding a backpack pattern that's just right for you! 

Backpacks make travel so much easier. With your hands and arms free, you can easily go about your day with your essentials strapped to your back. This is probably why backpack sewing patterns are some of the most popular free sewing patterns when it comes to sewists who are sewing for their kiddos or preparing for a trip. These free bag patterns are usually easy to make, and they last! Unlike a simple tote bag, a backpack sewing pattern can hold quite a few essentials and can be modified to include additional pockets and other storage options. It's also a great project to make for your child for the first day of school. You'll be inspired to pick up your sewing materials and get to work on a new bag when you take a look at this collection of free backpack patterns to sew!

How to Sew a Backpack for School

There’s a reason sewn backpack patterns are popular for back to school projects: they are just the perfect bag for books! Learn how to sew a backpack for your child's books and school supplies with one of these free sewing projects. Whether you're planning a traditional design of backpack or want to incorporate a bit of pop culture in your child's back-to-school gear, you can't go wrong with these patterns. Your child will be proud to start school after you make one of these backpack designs!

  • Bow Backpack

    Featuring a classic style that will be treasured for years to come, this backpack sewing pattern can be created for children in almost any grade level. The combination of plaid and bows will give this backpack a unique look. 

  • First Day of First Grade DIY Backpack

    The first day of first grade is a big step, so of course you will want to sew a backpack that is special for the occasion! Bright and colorful as can be, this backpack pattern is one to try this fall.

  • Backpack Back to School

    If your child will use the backpack for hauling schoolbooks as well as gear for practice after class, then this DIY backpack sewing pattern is for you! This intermediate sewing pattern is perfect for sewists who are looking for a challenge.

  • I-Heart-School Backpack Pattern

    Adorable as can be, this pattern for the I-Heart-School Backpack allows your child to wear her heart on her sleeve - or at least on her backpack! This bag is the perfect size for preschoolers and kindergartners to bring to school. 

  • Angry Birds-Inspired Backpack

    If your child can't get enough of Angry Birds, then this free backpack pattern needs to be on your radar! This cute design is sure to put a smile on your child's face every time they see it.

  • Whimsical Woodlands DIY Backpack

    Whether your child's favorite woodland animal is a fox, a bear, or deer, there's no denying this adorable backpack will be a hit. The strap on the top of the backpack will make it easier to hang in a coatroom or closet, too.

Drawstring Backpack Pattern

Perfect for the gym or short trips out and about, these drawstring backpack pattern ideas will take you minutes. These sleek and stylish little bags are the perfect size for toting a change of shoes, your lunch, or a book or two. Cute as can be, these drawstring backpack patterns for adults will make a creative gift idea for family and friends. The patterns cover a range of sewing skills, allowing sewists of every skill level to find a pattern to try!

  • DIY Drawstring Backpack

    Stylish and compact, this drawstring backpack pattern is perfect for use in almost any occasion. You can also check out the accompanying video for this project in the tutorial How to Make a Drawstring Backpack for additional tips on making this project.

  • Darling Drawstring Backpack

    Are you looking for a bag that's just the right size to tote your library books? Then this backpack purse pattern is one you will want to try. This cute and trendy bag is sure to get a lot of use, and you will be so proud to carry it around town.

  • Draw Strap Back Pack

    If you thought that backpack patterns for adults would be time-consuming and difficult, then you'll think again when you see this pattern. This backpack is perfect for a multitude of uses and can store water bottles and other items.

  • Plaid DIY Backpack

    Do you have an old flannel shirt that has seen better days? You don't need to throw it out when you can instead transform it into a new backpack! This backpack sewing pattern will look especially stylish in fall and winter.

  • Pretty Little Backpack Tutorial

    Add a vintage style to your everyday look when you make this adorable backpack. The design is perfect for children, tweens, teens, and adults, and would also make a creative gift idea for family and friends.

  • Slouchy DIY Backpack

    If you love the burlap look, then this fashion-forward backpack is one pattern you'll want to try! This casual backpack is perfect for toting your dry cleaning or carrying fresh produce from the farmer's market.

Other Free Backpack Patterns

Are you looking for additional free backpack patterns? Then you're in the right spot! These creative backpack tutorials are resourceful ways for you to tote items while keeping your hands free. Whether you're looking for a backpack that's perfect for a trip to the park or you want to tote your guitar with ease, these patterns will be just what you need. When it comes to creative ideas, you can't go wrong with this selection of patterns!

  • Easiest Knapsack Ever

    True to its name, this knapsack won't be difficult to make! The beginner-friendly free backpack pattern is the perfect size for toting your essential items to the beach, the pool, or even to your favorite amusement park. You'll love keeping everything in one place with this bag.

  • Fat Quarter Backpack with Decorative Flowers

    It's one thing to make a backpack, but what about a backpack with floral embellishments? If you'd like to stick out in a crowd at an amusement park or other crowded area, then this backpack needs to be on your project to-do list.

  • Upcycled Purse Free Backpack Pattern

    You'll want to make a special backpack for the youngest member of your family when you see this pattern! This nifty little bag is the perfect size for an overnight bag when spending the night at the grandparents' house.

  • How to Make a Guitar Case

    Make toting your guitar by hand a thing of the past when you make this sewing pattern. If you haul your backpack to gigs on foot or via public transportation - or both - then this unique backpack is one pattern you need to make right away!

  • 30 Minute Towel Backpacks

    You'll make a splash at the next pool party or trip to the beach when you make this colorful backpack pattern! This resourceful and creative project won't take long to make and is perfect for even beginner sewists to try.

  • Mini Backpacks from Upcycled Shorts

    If you remember the mini backpacks from the '90s, then this nifty sewing project is definitely for you. You'll especially love finding a way to repurpose an old pair of shorts into a new and creative fashion accessory.

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