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A backpack which converts to a tote is always a great idea and it offers a practical solution for every day. The Pennine Way (named after a walking trail in the dividing range of mountains in Northern England) has pockets too and a nice secure zipper top with a bound finish which will take you from country to town in a heartbeat.

I wanted to make the adjustable backpack strap as unfussy as possible and I have found a way! All that is needed is a length of webbing and some clever hardware placement.

Skill level:
Confident beginner with some knowledge assumed.

Sizing info:
16 ½” tall x 17” wide x 6” deep

Recommended fabrics:
Quilting weight cotton, denim, canvas, furnishing fabrics, linen, needle cord

The pattern:
This is a measure and cut pattern which means that you don’t have any templates (pattern pieces) to print off and match up- Yay! You need a rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat, and you can cut the pattern pieces straight from the fabric. This is easier than it sounds because the pieces are all simple squares and rectangles. You can transfer the cutting measurements to paper to create your own paper template/pattern piece if you prefer to use them. A handy sheet of fabric labels are available to mark your fabric pieces as you cut.

Materials needed:
½ yd. canvas for the main outer
12” oilcloth for the outer trim
¾ yd. lining fabric. Pure cotton is always best

1 yd. Style-vil foam interfacing (Vlieseline)
Fat Eighth S320 fusible interfacing (Vlieseline)

Everything Else:
19 ½” silver zipper. This is better if it is heavy duty because it is for the top zipper.
5” silver zipper for the front outer pocket
7” plastic zipper for an internal zipper box pocket
2 ¼ yds. x 1” wide cotton webbing for the main strap
1 ½ yds. x 1” wide cotton webbing for the top handles and the D ring tabs
Scrap of leather or vegan leather for the handle trim. You need less than a Fat Eighth but this is a handy size to buy.
3x 1” silver D rings
3x 1” silver swivel clips
2x 1” silver strap adjusters

Please note this is a digital download PDF file, not a paper sewing pattern. Please download immediately after check out.