How To Make a Canvas Backpack- Step By Step Guideline

how to make a canvas backpack

Finding a perfect backpack if it becomes an issue for you. Here is the way on how to make a canvas backpack. Now, start making it by yourself and stop thinking about how you could make by yourself?

I am going to tell you all the intractable processes on in your customized way.

There are several ways to make a backpack DIY project. I am going to tell you the simplest and easiest way on cutting and sewing of a canvas backpack in the following form. It’s gonna the most comfortable bag making ever for you.

Let’s see what I describe for you!

What will you need?

  • Canvas fabric
  • Thread
  • Cords
  • Safety pin
  • Wood/metal/stone bud (for decorating the cord end)
  • Sewing pin
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissor
  • Measuring tape/ruler
  • Pen/temporary marker/pencil

How to make a canvas backpack through the easiest way:

Cut the Fabric Pieces:

  • Cut two Body pieces at the shape of a rectangle. (measuring at the 44/ 50 cm)
  • Cut one Base portion at a rectangle shape (measuring at 17/36 cm)
  • Cut two Flap portions (24/24 cm) at the square shape.
  • Cut the Shoulder Straps at strip shape at 10/ 66 cm.
  • Now cut the last portion, the Handle strip at a strip shape with a measurement at 10/ 24 cm.

Sew the Flaps:

  • Before you sew the flap pieces together, give them a round shape using a scissor.
  • If you cannot measure the round shape, keep one flap on over another. And then draw a round shape making the right sides of the flaps facing in.
  • Now sew both the pieces according to their round edge. You will get a curvy edged bottom with an opening the top of this sewed two flaps.
  • Bent the sewed flaps from inside to out. Use a long needle to pushing out the edge of the curve.
  • Set the curvy edge using a hot iron. Once it is done, go for topstitch at 5 to 6 mm far from the border.

Prepare the Shoulder and Hand strips:

  • Fold both the shoulder and hand strips measuring a 1cm width. Push a hot iron all over these strips. Once all of them set down, make them inside out.
  • Do a topstitch like the same distance already you have done on your curvy flaps portion. However, do the same for all shoulder and hand strips. Ensure you’ve stitched 6mm far from the edge.
  • Now it is the turn to folding the strips (fold half of the total length).

Prepare the body pieces:

  • Place both the body piece in such a position; the right side should face each other. Start sewing from the top-left corner and stop sewing after 5cm is done. Take a 3-4 cm gap, again sew the remaining portion. Do it for both sides.
  • Keep 1cm seam allowance while sewing the body pieces together.
  • Turn inside out of the body piece. Put a hot iron on the on over the seam allowance. Press this place so that it becomes open and plane.
  • Repeat the same process for another sided seam allowance as well.
  • Turning back of the body piece inside out, you will get the wrong side facing you at this stage.
  • Fold the top edge down measuring 1cm. Press the folded portion.
  • Again, fold the folded portion 4cm down and press firmly. It will make a casing like structure around the Top edge.
  • Now go for a topstitching onto the bottom edge of the bag with your top corner as close you can (don’t forget to keep a 6mm seam allowance here). Here one thing I want to clear with you. 
  • During each topstitch, you can select the same coloured thread, or you can go for your choice colour. A contrast colour will enhance your backpack beauty in an aristocratic way.
  • However, once sewing is done, turn inside out of your product so that you can see the right side is facing you.

Set the Shoulder and Hand straps onto the backpack’s body:

  • Pin both the shoulder straps at a 13cm far from each other under the casing. Notice the top edge of the straps facing the top of the bag. Similarly, the bottom edge of the belt is facing the bottom of the bag.
  • Pin the bottom ends of the shoulder straps at the bottom layer of the casing.
  • Now pin the hand strap in between the shoulder straps. Ensure the loop of the hand strap is facing the bottom of the bag.

Stritch the Flap:

  • Set the flap carefully putting its raw edge under the case levelling with the raw edge of all shoulder straps.
  • The curvy edge should face the bottom side of the casing.
  • Now stitch this flap keeping a 1cm seam allowance.
  • Go for a topstitch on over the flap edge again keeping a 1cm seam allowance.

Set the Base part onto the backpack’s body:

  • To make a rounded rectangle at the base of your bag, fold it into a fourth of the length. Using glass and a temporary marker will help you, in that case, to bring the shape quickly.
  • Once cutting the line according to your drawing has done, unfold the base. Now get the rounded rectangle shape at the base of your backpack.
  • Turn the main body of your backpack inside out so that the wrong side is facing you.
  • Set the base on the main body, keep the largest edge of the base as the front edge of your backpack. The short side will be attached to the backside of your bag.
  • Now, stitched down the base on your backpack keeping a 1 cm seam allowance.

Place the Cord through the Casing hole:

  • Take the Cord (length is up to you, however, suppose we take 1meter). Attach a safety pin to the one corner of the Cord and insert it onto the Front-left hole of the casing. Pass the Cord from this front hole to the Back-Left hole.
  • Do the same again with the other side. Start onto Front-right side and finish it at the Back-right side. These both sided cording will let your bag pouch-like structure.
  • Tie both the Cord together, aligning them at the left side of the backpack and the right side as well.
  • Attach a decorated wood/metal/stone buds on each opening of the Cord.
  • Attaching a pocket onto the flap or at the front side of your backpack will help you to carry your smaller accessories easily. You can also attach side-pocket on both sides of your bag.
  • Cut all the excess or loose thread from inside or outside of your backpack.

Final verdict:

If you found you have sewn an improper backpack for the first time, do not disappoint, please. Whatever you have prepared, it’s your prepared product. So, take it very positively.

Moreover, following the exact measurements and to the point process surely will prevent you from getting hopeless.

However, if you want to make a wholly customized backpack, knowing how to make a canvas backpack will help you do so.

So, keep faith on yourself, follow the instructions carefully and enjoy an awesome home-made backpack for you.

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