|Pattern Description: |
Large and small day pack pattern includes optional reinforced bottom, waist belt, and padded shoulder straps or straps made from wide webbing.
I made the larger size from a lightweight fabric and my friend made the smaller size from a heavy fabric.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Mostly easy. This was my first time using this pattern and the drawing/description for sewing the zipper cover flaps took me several minutes to figure out. Other than that, the instructions seemed fine.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It's fun to make a customized backpack.
MY PACK (large size): I wanted a pack that could easily be stuffed in my luggage for traveling, so I used a lightweight, coated, bright lime colored, nylon taffeta from stash for my pack body, zipper flaps, pocket, and shoulder straps. This fabric has been in stash for an indeterminate number of years and I think it was one of those $1 per yard bargains from a clearance section. For padding in the shoulder straps, I used scraps of thin poly quilt batting. Top hanging loop and taps at either ends of main zipper and pocket zipper are durable nylon grossgrain ribbon (this is not the type of lightweight grossgrain you get from a regular fabric store, I buy mine from The Rain Shed). Both zippers are #5 coil zipper tape with non-locking pulls. Webbing on shoulder straps is 1" polypropylene. I added sew-on reflective trim also purchased from The Rain Shed. Green thread is Guterman polyester, black thread is Mettler Metrosene polyester. Since only the Guterman is available locally, I usually end up using it for various colors of fabric, but I try to keep black, white, and beige of the Mettler on hand because it is my favorite for sewing synthetic fabrics. Most of the seams were sewn on a regular sewing machine with a Microtex 70/10 Schmetz needle. For the thick seams with sewing webbing to the tabler buckles, I used a Jeans/Denim 100/16 needle on my heavy duty Brother machine and it handles thick seams with no trouble.
Shoulder straps on large pack
Large pack flattened
MY FRIEND'S PACK (small size): She used a neon lime 1000 denier Cordura remnant that has been in my stash for a few years. Top hanging loop is 3/4" polypro webbing. Same zippers, reflective trim, and thread as my pack. Jeans/Denim 100/16 needle for all seams. This pack was sewn on my heavy duty Brother machine. Her shoulder straps are 2" seatbelt webbing and 1" polypro webbing. Waist belt is 3/4" polypro webbing.
My Brother machine
Shoulder straps on small pack
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
We both added the sew-on reflective trim. The smaller pack is designed for kids, so the shoulder strap and waist belt webbing was cut using the measurements for the larger pack.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would highly recommend this and hope to make more versions from various fabrics. The lightweight fabric on my zipper flaps gets stuck in the zipper, so I might add grossgrain ribbon to make the flaps beefier.
Love these packs! This how we spent the day after Thanksgiving and it was so much fun. All but the reflective trim was from my stash, so I cut out all of the pieces and sealed the webbing/grossgrain edges beforehand. We were able to start sewing right away that Friday morning.