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.
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