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This adaptable bag has three different types of strap, making it readily adjustable to your needs - backpack straps, top handles, and a detachable shoulder strap - so you can wear it as a backpack, a crossbody or shoulder bag, or use it as a tote.

The large front panel of the Bookbag Backpack is perfect for showing off feature fabrics. The handy pockets make it easy to keep track of where you've stowed your belongings. The bag includes a hidden zipped pocket on the front, for storing your keys or travel card, and a zipped pocket inside for smaller items.

The bag can be stabilised with either fusible fleece or Soft & Stable depending on how sturdy you wish it to be. For extra strength, you can choose to add optional rivets to the bag.

Skill level:
The Bookbag Backpack is classified as an advanced pattern and may be tricky for beginners.

Sizing info:
With finished dimensions of 12" (30.5 cm) wide, 15" (38 cm) tall, and 3" (7.5 cm) deep, this versatile bag is big enough to hold multiple items. One tester managed to fit a laptop, an A4 folder, and her book into the bag, as well as her usual travel items!

Video tutorial:
Sew along with Titi on YouTube, below.


What materials do I need to make the Bookbag Backpack?


  • 1 yard (0.9 m) Outer fabric,
  • 1.5 yard (1.4 m) Contrast fabric,
  • 1 yard (0.9 m) Lining fabric,
  • 2.5 yard (2.3 m) Medium weight interfacing,
  • 1 yard (0.9 m) Foam stabiliser.


  • 1 x 20" (51 cm) Single or double zip,
  • 2 x 1" Triangular or D Rings,
  • 2 x 1.25" Swivel clips,
  • 1 x 1.5" Triglide buckle,
  • 2 x 1.25" Triglide buckles,
  • 2 x 1.25" Rectangular rings,
  • 2 x 8" (20.3 cm) zip.


  • 10 x Rivets,
  • 26" Decorative trim.

The pattern:
This PDF sewing pattern for the Bookbag Backpack features easy-to-read comprehensive instructions, pattern pieces, and colour photographs, including instructions for a unique lining insertion method, achieved without hand stitching and with no need to bind the inside seams. The sewing pattern also has a text only section at the back to save on ink and paper costs!

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