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The Sutherland Backpack sewing pattern (with videos)

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The Sutherland Backpack sewing pattern (with videos)

The Sutherland Backpack is a full-size backpack sewing pattern perfect for students, moms, work, and travel. It can be made in a combination of vinyl/cork and cotton or all in cotton, which makes the Sutherland domestic machine friendly.

The Sutherland Backpack has the following features:

  • Full-size Backpack,
  • Two Main Zipper Compartments,
  • Padded/Contoured Shoulder Strap option,
  • Grab-n-go handle,
  • One Back Exterior Zipper Pocket,
  • One Lining Zipper Pocket,
  • Two Interior Slip Pockets.

Skill level:
The designer says that to be able to sew her backpack you will need to be a fairly experienced sewer. If you’ve sewn a bowler bag with binding then you can sew a Sutherland.

The Sutherland Backpack sewing pattern (with videos)

Sizing info:
When you make yourself a Sutherland Backpack it will measure approximately 17″ (43 cm) high by 14″ (36 cm) wide by 5.5″ (14 cm) deep.

Video tutorial included:
There’s a YouTube video tutorial from the designer showing you how to make the Sutherland Backpack:

And a YouTube video tutorial from Bean’s Bags & Handicrafts Co showing you how to make the Sutherland Backpack.

What’s needed to make a Sutherland Backpack:

  • Hardware and supplies:
  • 4-6 Rivets (or Chicago Screws),
    • 6-7mm for thinner fabrics or,
    • 8-9mm for thicker fabrics,
  • 2.25 yards (230 cm) #5 or #3 Zipper Tape + 6 Zipper Pulls
    (or 4 Zipper Pulls if you are not doing double pulls on the two main compartments),
  • Two 1” (25 mm) O-Rings, D-Rings or Rectangle Rings,
  • Two 1” (25 mm) Tri-Glides/Strap Sliders,
  • Rotary cutter or scissors,
  • Double-sided tape,
  • Removable marking pen,
  • Grid Ruler,
  • Cutting Mat,
  • Rivet setter tool or rivet press.
  • Fabric requirements:
  • 1 yard (100 cm) Approx of exterior fabric,
  • 2 yards (200 cm) Approx of lining fabric.
  • Interfacing:
  • 2 1/2 yards (250 cm) Approx. Lightweight woven fusible interfacing (Pellon ShapeFlex SF101 or Sew Fuse).
  • * Woven interfacing is not required when using vinyl/cork/waterproof canvas.
  • Bias binding:
  • 5 yards (500 cm) Bias Binding if making your own. Cotton 2” wide (5cm) or Waterproof Canvas: 1” wide (2.5CM),
  • 5 Yards (500 cm) Approx. x 1/2” wide (13 MM) Double Fold Bias Binding if not making your own.
  • Stabilizer:
  • 1/2 yard (50 cm) Approx. Pellon Flex Foam Stabilizer FF78F1 or Decovil Light or two layers of Sew Fuse Plus,
  • 1/4 yard (25 cm) Decovil Heavy 526.
  • Additional fabric/stabilizer requirements for padded strap option:
  • 1/2 yard (50 cm) Approx exterior fabric,
  • 1/2 yard (50 cm) Approx lining fabric,
  • 2.25 yards (210 cm) bias binding,
  • 1/2 yard (50cm) approx. Pellon Flex Foam Stabilizer FF78F1 or FF79F2.
The Sutherland Backpack sewing pattern (with videos)

The pattern includes step-by-step written instructions with photographs with a video sewing tutorial via the YouTube channel.

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