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Wayfarer Sling Backpack

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A stylish and practical unisex sling backpack for carrying everyday essentials. Two different styles in the same pattern to allow for differing levels of sewing experience.


The Wayfarer Sling Backpack is a sleek and functional everyday carry sling backpack, in two styles. Its re-positionable cross-body strap design makes it easy to sling the backpack from the back to front or carry as a shoulder bag while allowing quick access to all compartments.

The main zipper compartments contain interior zippers and storage slots to organize basic everyday essentials and the front flap pocket is perfect for storing quick-access items. The back pocket can function as a concealed carry pocket to keep your wallet safe and reachable while travelling.

* Zipper pocket on the front flap
* 1 or 2 main zipper compartments based on style
* Zippered back pocket
* Interior zipper pockets
* Miscellaneous interior pockets
* Adjustable strap

The Wayfarer Sling Backpack has no exposed raw edges and does not use bias tape.

The Pattern:
Pattern includes 33 pages of concise step-by-step instructions with colour photographs to help you through each step. The pattern also comprises printable pattern pieces. All pattern pieces include seam allowance.

Instructions are provided to make the backpack in two styles:
Style 1: A simple backpack with a single zippered compartment; and
Style 2: An advanced backpack with a double zippered compartment.

Finished Size:
Style 1: 8” W x 17” H x 2.50” D
Style 2: 8” W x 17” H x 3.25” D

Skill Level: 
Style 1: Intermediate
Style 2: Advanced

Materials Required:
1 yard of decor weight exterior fabric
2 yards of lining fabric
5” x 10” piece of leather/vinyl/cork for accent piece
3 yards of fusible medium weight woven interfacing*
¾ yard of foam/fusible fleece interfacing (optional)
One 10” long all-purpose zipper for exterior back
One 7.5” long all-purpose zipper for exterior front flap
Three 1” D-rings
One 1” swivel clasp for strap
One 1” tri-glide slider
One 1” wide side release buckle
1¼ yard of 1” wide nylon webbing/strapping

Style 1:
One 7.5” long nylon zipper for bag interior
One 16.5” long all-purpose zipper for bag compartment

Style 2:
Two 7.5” long nylon zippers for bag interior
Two 16.5” long all-purpose zippers for bag compartments

Fabric measurements are approximate and don’t account for directional or fussy cutting.

Please note this is a digital download PDF file, not a paper sewing pattern.

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