Here’s another gift idea that won’t take you long to sew but will be much appreciated: a backpack. I made this backpack (below) last summer and it quickly turned into one of my favorite makes.
To sew this backpack, I used Butterick B6072:
The pattern is pretty straightforward. If you have basic sewing skills and are comfortable sewing zippers, you should be able to make it without any frustrations. Here are the things I did differently from the directions:
- I used a dual-slider handbag zipper from Coats that I got at my local Jo-Ann’s. This is that double-zipper feature that allows you to open the backpack from wherever you like, rather than only at the zipper end.
- I chose not to interface the fashion fabric as advised, because I wanted a soft and lightweight backpack that had no structure and could be rolled up and packed if I wanted to. Definitely interface or interline if you want structure, as in the product photo above.
- I lined the side pockets.
- I added a faux-leather closure to the front pocket.
The ikat-like brocade I used came from B&J Fabrics here in the Garment District, and I lined it with a bronze poly satin I got at Jo-Ann’s. (I love the lining! It’s very luxe-looking and it makes this backpack look expensive, I think.) The straps are from a black linen we had in our stash here at work.
Some more photos for you:
In other news, I’m nearing the end of my 2014 holiday DIY frenzy. So far I’ve made three aprons, a quilt, a poncho, a nightgown, and am finishing up two makeup bags. The end is in sight! How about you? Are you making gifts this season?