Batala Backpack pattern

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If you want a practical backpack that looks more like a pretty handbag or accessory then the Batala Backpack is the bag for you. The Batala Backpack has proper pockets for your cellphone, keys etc and it has a sturdy center, so it holds it shape nicely despite the half circle sides which gives the beautiful folds on the sides. It's such a handy size to replace your everyday handbag and it's super comfortable to wear with it's padded adjustable straps and you can easily hand carry it using the big D-ring.

If you want a practical backpack that looks more like a pretty handbag or accessory then the Batala Backpack is the bag for you. The Batala Backpack has proper pockets for your cellphone, keys etc and it has a sturdy center, so it holds it shape nicely despite the half circle sides which gives the beautiful folds on the sides. It’s such a handy size to replace your everyday handbag and it’s super comfortable to wear with it’s padded adjustable straps and you can easily hand carry it using the big D-ring.

You close it with a drawstring and a magnetic snap lock for the lid. On the backside, you have a safe zippered pocket for you to safely carry your important little things. The interior of the bag has a zippered pocket and an open pocket for your cellphone.

The Batala Backpack is 12″ high by 7″ wide, and can be made by a sewer with basic sewing skills. If you are not sure how to work with eyelets then the instructions included with the pattern show you how.

If you want a practical backpack that looks more like a pretty handbag or accessory then the Batala Backpack is the bag for you. The Batala Backpack has proper pockets for your cellphone, keys etc and it has a sturdy center, so it holds it shape nicely despite the half circle sides which gives the beautiful folds on the sides. It's such a handy size to replace your everyday handbag and it's super comfortable to wear with it's padded adjustable straps and you can easily hand carry it using the big D-ring.

What you need to make the Batala Backpack

  • 1/2 Yard exterior cotton fabric – pick a pretty quilting cotton
  • 25 x 25″ Exterior faux leather, suede or other stable but draping fabric
  • 1 Yard lining cotton
  • 1 Fat Quarter (18″ x 22″) cotton decorative fabric
  • 1 Fat Quarter (18″ x 22″) cotton piping fabric or 2 yards store-bought piping
  • 1/2 Yard medium weight fusible interfacing with loft for straps, such as Pellon Fusible Fleece
  • 1/2 Yard of lightweight fusible interfacing such as Vilene G700 woven fusible or Pellon SF101 Shape-Flex
  • 15 x 24″ heavyweight stable fusible interfacing such as Fast 2 Fuse Heavy or Pellon Peltex
  • One 2″ D-­ring – look at our resources page for suggested hardware suppliers
  • Two 1″ Rectangular rings
  • Two 1″ Rectangle sliders for adjusting strap length
  • 1 Yard of drawstring for closing your bag
  • 2 Yards of drawstring for piping (if you’re making your own)
  • Two 7″ zippers for pockets, one matching lining and one matching exterior
  • Twenty eyelets in a suitable size for your drawstring. The bag in the pattern uses 3/8″ size
  • One double plastic cord lock for the drawstring
  • Two plastic cord ends if you wish
  • Fabric glue (like Gutermann Textile Glue HT2 or Fabritac)
  • Wonder Clips or similar
  • Rotary cutter, cutting mat & ruler
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Sewing machine.

Click here for the Batala Backpack pattern