A few days ago, I published the first part of this school backpack sewing tutorial. I went through the first steps to make the outside of the backpack. In this second series I’ll show you how to make the interior pocket and lining to have a beautiful backpack both on the outside and on the inside.
I’ll recall the materials needed:
Pattern, see below.
Fabric needed: about 1,50 m X 1,50 m for the exterior and interior pocket (the red fabric you see in the picture below) and about 1 m X 1,20 m for the interior
2 zippers: one of 60/70 cm and the other one 25/30 cm
For the interior, I chose a white fabric with stars (I didn’t have enough fabric of the same so I mixed 2 different stars fabric that I had in my fabric stash.)
We resume here from our last sewing tutorial in order to make the interior pocket and the lining of this backpack.
Sew together the lining and the outside fabric. Right sides together.
Add the batting in between, fold down and top stitch.
Top stitch at 5 cm from the side and bottom edges.
Fold, right sides together and sew the corners.
Turn right side out. You can clip the long corners (leave at least 1 cm allowance after your stitches).
Now, sew this inside pocket to the back lining and batting. Top stitch on the edge of the pocket. Piece number 9.
Then, sew the lining top and bottom of the backpack to the back lining/batting. You can first fold down the edges of the bottom part for a nice finishing.
Turn everything right sides out and put it aside for a moment.
Now, you’ll have to sew the lining to the backpack outside. Pin the right sides together and sew them. Make sure all your handles and straps remain inside.
Sew the lining to the zipper so that the finishing is beautiful.
Leave a gap at the top so you can turn the backpack right sides out.
You can now close the gap you left, with a hand stitch.
And here you go! your backpack is finished and lined!
This is the view from the back.
Some of the notions used to make this school backpack:
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