Sew an Easy DIY drawstring backpack
You can make them out of almost any fabric, as well as paracord and basic straight line sewing, and I’ve created a free pattern for you to use! Let me show you how to make your own!
Supplies for DIY drawstring backpack
5/8 yard cotton quilting fabric. 3.5 yard paracord (available at most craft stores). 1/3 yard contrast fabric. loop turner (my favorite, along with the elastic threader, is included in this list of 11 useful sewing tools).
Cutting your DIY drawstring backpack
The Drawstring Backpack pattern is in the Resource Library, and you can get it for free if you sign up for the Elizabeth Made This newsletter. Elizabeth Farr is the author of the Elizabeth Made This blog, where she shares sewing tips, step-by-step tutorials, and videos.
How do you sew elastic pockets into a bag?
- Draft pocket piece.
- Cut pieces, place right sides facing, and sew.
- Press, fold over, and stitch elastic casing.
- Mark center on pocket and bag piece.
- Feed elastic through and secure ends.
- Gather bottom edge to match bag piece.
How do you make mesh pockets?
This is what you must do:
- Cut and make binding.
- Place the narrow side of the binding on top of the mesh as shown.
- Sew in the fold.
- Flip over and wrap binding over to the other side (this will be the front.)
- Sew the binding to the mesh as shown.
How do you carry a water bottle while hiking?
1. Water containment: The first option is to use a hydration bladder, such as a Camelback or Platypus, which stays inside your backpack near your back and allows you to drink through a connected tube that comes out to your shoulder strap for easy access.
What are all the loops on my backpack for?
Daisy chains are webbing loops sewn to the sides or back of a backpack that allow you to attach external gear to your pack using carabiners or webbing straps.
How do you fix a mesh pocket on a backpack?
Fabric/ Mesh Pocket Rips, Tears, and Holes
- Before applying the adhesive, clean the area of the pack that needs repairing with a damp piece of cloth (inside and out) and allow to dry.
- Cut the tape at least 25mm (1 inch) larger than the tear to ensure good coverage.
What is a slip pocket in pants?
These extra pieces of thread are in place to protect the garment from losing its shape while being transported or hanging on a display rack. Pockets will not sag or stretch out while being transported or hanging on a display rack.
How do you sew inside pockets?
- Fold your pocket fabric in half and cut two pocket pieces using your template as a guide.
- Mark Your Pocket Placement.
- Pin Your Pockets.
- Start Stitching.
- Turn Out Your Pockets.
- Pin and Sew the Side Seams.
How do you sew fabric mesh?
- Use a short stitch length.
- Use a narrow zigzag stitch rather than a straight stitch.
- Use a tear-away, wash-away, or tissue paper stabilizer underneath so the feed dogs don’t grab “air”
- remove the stabilizer after sewing.
- When stitching the mesh layer to another fabric, place it on top, next to the needle.