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McCalls 4118 backpack
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Date: 6/22/13 11:13 PM

I am a beginner stitcher. Working off a pattern for the second time in my adult life. I'm making a small backpack using McCall's 4118 D view. I read the review here (too late, wish I skipped the zipper in the back, but oh well!), and she did the straps her own way, I think.

I seem to have no idea what to do with the straps and D rings. Two sets of D rings are attached by carriers to the bottom of the bag. The tops of my straps are sewn into the flap and I'll attach that assembly to the main bag part next. But when I look at it and set it all together, the straps are super duper mega-ultra long, and no way are the D rings going to hold once the backpack is on my back. Should I just measure a comfy strap length and sew them down, like a purse strap?

I was expecting the pattern to tell me what to do, but alas, I am at the end of page 8 of 8.

Any suggestions? Thanks for reading!

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Date: 6/22/13 11:25 PM

I haven't used that pattern but I have made a backpack before. Don't sew it down like a purse. A backpack has them adjustable. After it's assembled and ready to use - you'll thread the backpack strap through the matching pair of D rings (ie the ones on the same side), going down through them from the top. Then, push the d rings apart a little and thread the strapping back UP through just the upper D ring. It will hold. You can sort of see it here: , but on a belt. Think of your D ringed carriers as the belting in the left of the image, and your backpack strap as the belting on the right of the image.


For straps, it can be helpful to fold a tiny corner over on the very end and stitch it down - makes it pointy so it's easy to thread through.

Good luck!!!
-- Edited on 6/22/13 11:26 PM --

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Date: 6/22/13 11:52 PM

I get how D rings work, in general, it's just... I think I need to sew the carrier straps close to the D Rings - they just slide around on the loop as it is now. And the super duper long straps are just... crazy long. Maybe I'll just trim them some and see how that works.

Thanks for the point tip (pardon the pun!)!

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Date: 6/23/13 2:20 AM

Yes, that would help. :-) Sorry if I gave too much info - sometimes on the net you just can't tell.

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Date: 6/23/13 4:54 PM

I've made a backpack (Kwik Sew) that had the same problem, as well as an apron with an adjustable neck strap, and that was even worse.

I think one of the culprits is that the D-rings called for tend to end up too large to hold the straps (webbing or self-fabric) securely. For the apron I ended up just sewing the strap in place once it was adjusted comfortably, and for the backpack I tied knots in the end of the webbing so it won't pull through.

Neither solution is ideal, but I wanted to let you know you aren't alone in your D-ring difficulties!

The next time I make anything with D-rings, I'm going a lot smaller than what's called for in the pattern.

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Date: 6/23/13 10:58 PM

Quote: stirwatersblue
I've made a backpack (Kwik Sew) that had the same problem, as well as an apron with an adjustable neck strap, and that was even worse.



I think one of the culprits is that the D-rings called for tend to end up too large to hold the straps (webbing or self-fabric) securely. For the apron I ended up just sewing the strap in place once it was adjusted comfortably, and for the backpack I tied knots in the end of the webbing so it won't pull through.



Neither solution is ideal, but I wanted to let you know you aren't alone in your D-ring difficulties!



The next time I make anything with D-rings, I'm going a lot smaller than what's called for in the pattern.

Webbing hardware is usually made for a particular size strap. You should be using the right size hardware for the strap you're using; alternatively, use the right size strap for the hardware you're using. There's a little room for playing around,
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