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Kids are already sure from the beginning that it is worthwhile to leave a positive impression on their classmates. These self-sewn backpacks can use your kids’ own creative ideas for the perfect school necessity. We show you how to put yours together here as well as a pencil case!

New backpack materials

+ Corduroy exterior
+ Cotton lining
+ Scissors
+ Bar clasp
+ Adjustable buckles
+ Bias tape & webbing strap
+ Marking pen
+ Fusible interfacing
+ Template for the flap (download here for free)

Backpack Steps 1 2

Step 1: Cut flap from exterior and lining fabric. Pin wrong sides together and stitch around the curve close to the edge. Enclose and finish the sewing allowance around the curve with bias tape.

Step 2: Cut front pieces (69 × 27 cm/ 27 × 10.5 in.) of exterior and lining. Pin webbing straps (2 × 52 cm (20.5 in.) and handle (20 cm / 8 in.) along the upper edge along right side of exterior.

Backpack Steps 3 4

Step 3: Pin flap and lining pieces as shown along the upper edge of the exterior fabric and sew together with 1 cm (3/8 in.) seam allowance.

Step 4: Cut side pieces (31 × 10.5 cm / 12.25 × 4 in. ) from exterior and lining. Press to adhere interfacing to the exterior pieces, sew both side pieces together along one narrow end right sides together, press seams open, turn right sides out.

Backpack Steps 5 6

Step 5: Pin exterior piece to side pieces, wrong sides facing and sew a presser foot’s width to secure the seam.

Step 6: Finish the seam allowances at the edges of both sides with the bias tape.

Backpack Steps 7 8

Step 7: Follow the package instructions to attach the clasp for the flap

Step 8: Pin the attachment straps of the webbing band (2 × 15 cm (6 in.)) on the bottom of the rucksack with the buckle in place and stitch.


Finished! Your little one will love this new backpack for the new school year. Naturally, every student needs the all-important pencil case to gather the supplies needed for learning the ABCs. Make this one yourself with our
step by step instructions below…

New pencil case materials

+ Cotton fabric
+ Fusible web
+ Scissors
+ Zipper 20 cm (8 in.) long
+ Templates (download here for free)

Pencil Case Steps 1 2

Step 1: Cut the pattern pieces in the chosen color template with 1 cm (3/8 in.) seam allowances. For the pencil tip, press fusible web to adhere the colored point to the tip, as shown.

Step 2: Sew the zipper to the long sides of the rectangle. Pin the straight edges of the pencil tip piece and stitch along the 1 cm (3/8 in.) allowance and turn with right sides out.

Pencil Case Steps 3 4

Step 3: Pin the right sides of the tip along a side of the rectangle with right sides matching. Stitch along the 1 cm (3/8 in.) seam allowance.

Step 4: Pin the circle piece with right sides facing, to the other end of the rectangle and stitch along the 1 cm (3/8 in.) seam allowance.

Pencil Case FINISHED

Finished, and happy back to school sewing!

1 Comment

  • Purplefan_large

    Aug 19, 2018, 06.43 PMby purplefan

    I like the small projects that BurdaStyle posts because they can be used to help kids learn to sew something they can use and also help sewists use up any fabic stash leftover fabrics!

    Very cheery school items!

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