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Kandou Mini Backpack (with video)

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The perfect mini backpack to sew that fits adults and includes sizing for kids from age 6 upwards. Great for casual days out when you want to travel light and be handsfree.


This is a simple sewing pattern for a practical and stylish mini-sized backpack. The unisex design is great for customizing to create your own version, and instructions are given for adapting the backpack to fit a child (aged 6+). This makes it a great make for ‘mommy and me’ addicts – why not make a matching set for all the family?!

The finished product is beautiful quality – fully lined with one internal pocket and bound seams – made using professional bagmaking techniques. Really practical and right on-trend, this cute little Backpack has lots of great features that make it the perfect gift for family and friends of all ages.

• Classic shape with a roomy interior – large enough to carry all essentials
• Great for day trips, shopping, or commuting to the office
• Practical secure pocket to the front with snap fastening closure
• Concealed zipper pocket at back with easy access: perfect for securing valuables
• Inner slip pocket for keeping things tidy inside
• Adjustable straps with a padded section for added comfort
• Optional leather or webbing carry handle
• Adult and Child sizes – and a great unisex style!

Sizing info: 9¾” wide x 10¾” high x 4¾” deep (child size 4¼” deep)
Adjustable strap length: adult size 26 – 33” (child size 18 – 24”)

Skill level: lower Intermediate – Experience of basic bag making and sewing multiple layers of fabric is useful.

Video tutorial:
Here’s Jess from OklaRoots showing you how to make the awesome Kandou Mini Backpack.

Materials needed:
Main Fabric (42” wide): ¾ yd
Interfacing (20” wide): 2 yds
Low loft Fusible Fleece (22” wide): ¾ yd
Lining Fabric (42” wide): 1 yd
*Bias Binding tape (3/4” wide) 2 ½ yds (instructions are given for making your own)
2 x Zippers (metal or nylon): 1 x 18”* head-to-head zipper, and 1 x 7” regular zipper*
– (or 27” zipper tape plus 3 pulls zipper pulls)
Webbing tape (1” wide): 2 yds (adult size), 1 ½ yds (child size)
Hardware: 2 x 1” metal sliders, 2 x 1” rectangle rings, 1 x magnetic ¾” snap fastener
Leather Carry Handle (optional): 2/2.5mm (1/8”) leather strap – 1” x 9”, plus 4 x rivets (6-8mm) – you will also need the required setting tools

The pattern:
This is a fully illustrated Sewing Tutorial with Full-Scale Pattern Templates. You will receive 28 pages of clear, easy to follow step-by-step instructions and color photos to make this bag AND a set of full-scale computer-drawn templates – simply print, cut out and assemble the templates, then use them to make the size of your choice!

Please note this is a digital download PDF file, not a paper sewing pattern. Please download immediately after check out.

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