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Seriously, the examples of projects, to say nothing of patterns, for a big, sturdy backpack/bookbag I can use to carry two or three textbooks minimum my senior year, are extremely few and far between. I don’t want a flimsy drawstring one, or a purse or a mini backpack. Surely someone else is having this problem! Now is the perfect time to feature backpack projects!


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    Aug 19, 2011, 10.34 PMby sew4my3

    Here are some with thicker straps

    1. Backpack Bag Tutorial

    2. Backpack Tutorial 1

    3. Artisania Backpack Tutorial

    4. Backpack Tutorial & Pattern Can be adapted for an adult.

    5. Sewmamasew Back to school backpack tutorial Use fabrics to make it age appropriate .

    Happy sewing!

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    Apr 21, 2012, 02.13 AMby notdeadredhead

    Thank you so, so much for asking this! I have had this same issue! Unless I use my hard-core camping backpack that eats babies, there is no way that a normal backpack cuts it for me! Upon entering college, I’ve killed more than I care to mention. They last for a bit, but in the end they just can’t take the wear and tear unless they’re made by Swiss Gear or some other “outdoor” company.

    Again, Thank you so much for asking this, and to Burda for finding these tutorials! :^D (I’ve looked some at www.allfreesewing.com and they have a few backpack tutorials… but they can’t fit multiple college textbooks.)

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    Apr 22, 2012, 10.56 AMby katexxxxxx

    If you want your backpacks to last longer than six weeks, make them out of Cordura! Hunt up some nylon or 75 weight poly thread to sew with, and do the topstitching in upholstery thread. You’ll need size 90 Jeans needles.:)

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      May 6, 2012, 09.28 AMby bjr99

      Excellent suggestion Kate! Seventeen years ago I made lightweight soft sided suitcases for the family out of Cordura. They are the only suitcases we use and we do travel quite a bit. They hold up well and still look good. This would be a fantastic fabric for a backpack. Our suitcases have a backpack feature as well as several hand held or one strap shoulder options.

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