Quilted Backpack sewing tutorial | Beginner Friendly | The Sunny Days Backpack


hello everyone my name is Yoan and
welcome back to my channel today we’re gonna make a backpack or rucksack so
here’s the backpack that we’re gonna make today dimension of this backpack is
13″ x 14″ and the depth is 5″. I would say this is more on
minimalistic or modern looking backpack it’s not like the traditional backpack
there is not much fuss going on so it’s pretty easy in construction it’s great
great if you are a confident beginner. It has a couple of exterior pockets here where
you can put perhaps your sunglasses or cellphone, inside you’ve got three slip
pockets and one zipper pocket and of course this sassy looking flap
is the star of the show. The whole exterior pieces of this bag from
the flap, pocket, front exterior and the back exterior are quilted, I use the
normal quilt batting because I have so many left over from my previous quilting
projects so I simply use that with the quilt batting as well however if you’re
not so much into quilting or you want to save some time and you think it’s not
necessary to quilt this bag you can obviously use interfacing of your choice
my personal preference has always been the combination of fusible woven
interfacing and fusible fleece I think they make a great finished look
but you can use any kind of interfacing that you prefer. So there is no
particular pattern for this project all you need to do is follow along
with the cutting instruction I will have everything written down on description
box down below and also it should appear on each pace of the construction of this
bag if you have any question at all about this project please don’t hesitate
to ask me in the comment section down below , consider subscribing to this
channel if you’re not already I post weekly fun sewing tutorial mainly back
making quilting and sometimes I do garment sewing as well. All right so enough
of me talking I don’t want to take your precious time any longer let’s get
started to our tutorial prepare 26 pieces of 1-inch strips the length of
each strip is about 13 inches I’m using three different kind of fabrics here but
you can do more, you can go as scrappy as you want it to so just have fun with
your fabric choice then you want to lay them out just like so there is no
particular order that you have to follow I simply alternate each strip to get
more interesting look once you’re happy with the layout of your fabric strips go
ahead and start sewing them you’re going to sew them of course with quarter inch of
seam allowance then go ahead and press the seams open so here I’ve got my strips already sewn
together if your fabric turned out to be a slight wavy don’t beat yourself up
this happened all the time when we sew a bunch of strips together and especially
with this project the strips are very narrow now I’m going to rotate this
fabric just like so and then we’re going to straighten up the edges first so I’m
going to start off with the edge from my right-hand side so I’m just gonna take
my ruler and trim about quarter inch away just to straighten it up then I’m
gonna turn this to the other side you wanna line up the edges that we just
straighten up to the line of your cutting mat just like so and then you want to measure
12 inches and then cut. Now from your right-hand corner
measure 3 inches and then you want tl position your ruler on an angle from
that 3 inch point to the upper-left corner of this fabric just like what I’m
showing you here and once you’ve done that you can go ahead and cut. So we’re
only gonna use this piece so you can discard this one here now go ahead and
layer this with the quilt batting and the lining piece for your flap and then
of course we’re going to proceed and quilt this piece I’m using my walking foot
here so I started with the stitch in the ditch just so the stripey patchwork
kind of pop and then I did some wavy lines to add more texture obviously you
can do any design that you like with your preference quilting method so just
have fun throughout the project now that we’ve got the flap quilted and all the
excess backing and batting already trim we’re going to bind this with the bias
tape. So my bias tape is 3/4 inch wide and I’m using this one I think this is
the most common one you can find this pretty much everywhere like jo-ann even
Walmart as well so I’m gonna open up one of the fold of this bias tape and line
it up with the edge of my flap just like so and then I’m going to
go ahead and start stitching from that fold line since the width of my fold
line here is about 3/8 of an inch once I approach the corner 3/8 of an
inch before I got to the corner I stopped stitching
lift my presser foot pivot my fabric at the 45 degrees angle and then continue
on stitching then as usual you’re going to form your corner forming at 45 degrees
triangle corner just like so then you want to go ahead and start
stitching again right below that triangle fold line as you’re approaching the other corner
of your flap you’re gonna do pretty much the same thing however you’re going to
fold the corner at 30 degrees just like so it may differ with you I’m not a
mathematician but you get the idea so you just want to angle that to make sure
that your strip is still aligned with your flap, I hope that make sense to you
now go ahead and continue on stitching I’m going to finish up my binding with
hand-stitching because I want the nice and clean finish
for this flap you can also do edge stitch instead of hand stitching that shouldn’t
be a problem as well now we’re going to work on the front
pocket so prepare your pocket piece and then we’re going to sandwich this with
a quilt batting and the quilt backing then go ahead and quilt this so I’m still
using my walking foot however I simply do straight-ish stitches about half an
inch distance from each other and I simply love the texture I got. Now
we’re going to bind the upper edge of this pocket piece so I’m going to use
the same bias tape, this time though I’m going to do a shortcut in attaching this
bias tape so I simply wrap it up on the edge of my fabric just like so and then
I’m gonna go ahead and sew along the edges of the fold line so I do this
method for the pocket piece simply because I want to save some time and
also with the pocket it’s a lot simpler because there is no corners that I have
to deal with and the wrong side of this pocket piece isn’t gonna be exposed
whatsoever because of course it’s a pocket so you don’t really take a pick
on the wrong side so you wanna do the same thing with your
front and bag exterior shell so go ahead and layer them with the quilt
backing and the quilt batting and quilt them in the same manner and this is how
mine turned out and this is how it looks on the wrong side so for the wrong side
you can use any kind of fabric use cheap fabric or any fabric that you have in
your stash that you just wanted to get rid of now you wanna take your front
exterior shell and then fold that in half just like so then you want to mark
the center point of this piece on the upper top then you want to take your
flap and do pretty much the same thing so find that center fold then you wanna
lay your flap on top of the front exterior shell just like so aligning
that center point about one inch further from the upper top of you front exterior
shell then you wanna take your front pocket piece and position that on your
front exterior shell the way it should be
just like so so what we’re gonna do right now is to determine the position of the
placement for the velcro so once everything is properly placed you wanna
take your fabric marker then you wanna mark where you want the hook of your
velcro fastener to sit there is really no rule for this but I recommend to do
it like about an inch below the edge of your pocket a little bit towards your
right hand side and not so much on the center of your pocket because we’re
gonna stitch that down to divide this pocket and you don’t want your velcro to
somewhat interfere with the division of your pocket if that’s make sense we will use the sew-on velcro fastener
the rougher side here they call it the hook and softer side is called the loop
right now we are going to install the hook first cut about two and a half
inches wide of your velcro hook then you want to take your fabric basting glue
and then apply that just a little bit on the wrong side of your velcro hook to
keep this temporary in place so place your velcro on the mark and then if you
see there’s a little bit of blue residue here don’t worry about it it’s gonna
disappear over time right now go ahead and sew along the edges lay your pocket piece
on the right side of your front exterior shell aligning the bottom part with the
front exterior shell obviously then sew on the sides with quarter inch of seam
allowance lay your ruler on the center of your pocket so I simply measure seven
and a half inch so that’s gonna be right on the center and then you wanna draw
a line just like shown here then you wanna saw right on the line
start sewing below your binding so you don’t want to sew over the binding now
we’re gonna work on the straps so you wanna cut from the width of your fabric
two strips measuring four inches wide when I say
the width of your fabric I’m referring to fabric that is about 44 inches wide
which is pretty common in quilt weight fabric, your strips should end up 42
inches long after you cut off the selvage ends then you’re going to
interface this with the fusible interfacing that you cut two inches wide
you want to place the interfacing 1/2 an inch away from the edge of your strap
and obviously you can cut several strips instead of one long strip for the
interfacing now go ahead and fuse your interfacing on the strap according to
the manufacturers instruction so I’ve got my strap already interfaced and pressed
so I’ve shown this method so many times in my bag tutorial first you’re going
to fold the end of your strap towards the inside about half an inch just like
so do the same with the other end of your strap as well put your strap in
half first and press and then fold the edges of your strap towards the center
fold and then you fold everything in half again so you’re going to end up
with one inch strap then go ahead and sew along the edges with 1/8 of an inch
of seam allowance here I’ve got my straps already sewn and
ready to go next we’re gonna work on the backpack hanging loop so go ahead and
cut your fabric and the interfacing as well and then you’re going to press them
pretty much the same way with the strap although you don’t have to fold the raw
edges in and then you’re going to sew along the edges with 1/8 of an inch of
seam allowance and you’re gonna end up with something like this then you’re
going to sew this hanging loop on the upper top of your bag exterior shell
about six inches distant from both sides so you only need to sew this with
quarter inch of seam allowance just to tuck it in place to place the straps you
going to measure first four inches from both sides of your back exterior shell
then you’re going to take your strap and lay that on the mark just like so then
take the fabric clip to hold that in place and you want to do the same as
well for the other side then go ahead and sew with quarter inch of seam
allowance for the hardware we’re gonna need to use two d-rings or you can also
use rectangular rings doesn’t matter they should measure one inch and then
you’re gonna need also two adjuster sliders measuring one inch cut two webbing
straps measuring 12 inches long and obviously the width should be one inch
and then you’re gonna insert that to the d-ring just like so then you’re going to
stitch as close as you can to the d-ring place your webbing strap at the lower
part of your bag four inches away from the sides then you’re going to sew them
with quarter inch of seam allowance next we’re going to insert the adjuster and
connect these upper and lower straps together, hold your adjuster slider right
side up and then you’re going to insert the strap from the wrong side towards
the right side and then back to the wrong side just like shown here then
you’re going to pull a good amount of strap so you will have enough room to wiggle,
then you’re going to insert the end of your strap into the d ring from the
outside towards the inside just like so meanwhile you’re just gonna make sure
that there is no twists with your strap so always double check now you’re going
to insert the end of your strap to the bottom part of your slider to make it
easier you’re going to loosen up the strap a little bit from here just like
so then go ahead and insert the end of your strap it may get a little tricky
but with a little bit of wiggle you can do that, so you want to have about a
couple of inches of clearance we’re going to stitch the end of the strap to
the lower part of your strap the one that’s sitting underneath so you simply
gonna sew two lines to secure this in place you’re going to stitch back and
forth about two to three times to make sure that your strap has extra Bond and
voila the strap is done and this strap is
adjustable so you can lengthen or shorten it according to your need, next
we’re going to attach the flap to the back exterior shell so you wanna lay
your flap right side down on the right side of your bag exterior shell and
obviously you’re going to have to Center the position of your flap and I’ve
actually put the center point mark on both the back exterior and
flap as well and then go ahead and put some fabric clips to secure them in
place and then you’re going to sew along the edges with quarter inch of seam
allowance since this area is very bulky I recommend to change your needle to a
size larger in this case you may want to use the denim size needle, draw two and a
half inches squares on both bottom corners of your back and front exterior
shell just like shown here this is to create that boxy look at the base of the
bag then go ahead and cut, lay your front and back exterior shell right side
together secure them in place with some fabric clips and you also want to make
sure that your straps are out of the way then you’re going to sew along the sides
and the bottom with half an inch of seam allowance and of course you still want
to use your denim size needle for this next we’re going to box the corners of
the bag so open this one up and match the seams just like so and then you
wanna secure this in place with the fabric clip and then go ahead and sew
with half an inch of seam allowance now that we have assembled our exterior
shell you can go ahead and turn this piece inside out just to make sure that
everything is looking all right so far next we’re going to work on the back
interior so prepare the lining and your facing as well you can skip the facing
and cut one full lining piece instead lay your lining and your facing right
side together just like so and then you want to go ahead and sew with 1/4″
of seam allowance so you’re gonna end up with something like this next
you’re going to prepare the slip pocket pieces so lay them right side together
and then go ahead and sew with quarter inch of seam allowance once you’ve done
that you want to go ahead and press the seams open you can use the seam roll it
will make it a lot easier then turn this piece inside out smooth everything out
anyone I give this another press once you’ve done that go ahead and top stitch
on the upper edge of your pocket to divide this pocket into three slots
you’re going to draw two lines each line should be five inches away from the
sides this will make each pocket slot to be five inches, lay your pocket piece on
the right side of your lining piece about five inches away from the top
place a couple of pins to secure it in place and then go ahead and sew on the
lines and the bottom as well, next we’re going to work on the zipper pockets so
prepare your zipper pocket pieces and your zipper it should measure at least
seven inches and then you’re going to draw the zipper template draw a
rectangle measuring seven by half an inch then you’re going to draw a
horizontal line right on the center then you’re going to draw diagonal lines on
the corner measuring about 3/8″ then you’re going to place this on
the right side of your lining piece obviously with the template facing up
about four and a half inch away from the top then go ahead and sew on the outer
lines of your template once you’ve done sewing go ahead and cut the center line
and corner diagonal lines as well all right now you going to turn this
piece to the wrong side open up the cutting lines just like so finger press
that a little bit and then you want to go ahead and press this with an iron so
you’re gonna end up with something like this now you going to turn this piece to
the wrong side smooth everything out and then go ahead and give this a quick
press. Next we’re going to baste the zipper as usual I’m gonna use my basting
tape here you can also use fabric glue basting or baste the zipper with hand
stitching whichever method you prefer alright now I’m going to peel the
backing paper off I’m going to take my lining and then lay the template right
on the zipper alright once you’re happy with the position of your zipper go
ahead and sew along the edges and this is how mine turned out now I’m going to
turn this piece to the wrong side and if you have any extra zipper go ahead and
trim that off then take your zipper pocket lining and lay that right side
down and then you’re going to go ahead and sew all around with quarter inch of
seam allowance now that we’ve got both of our interior pieces ready to go and
of course you want to draw and cut the two and a half inch squares on the bottom corners
we’re going to assemble the interior pieces pretty much the same way we
assemble the exterior pieces so you’re gonna lay them right say to gether
and then pin all around starting from the seams of the facing here you just
want to match them and then the other side as well and once you’ve done pinning go ahead
and sew the side seams and the bottom as well however leave about 5
to 6 inches of opening at the bottom to turn this back inside out so here I’ve
got my interior piece already sewn together and this is the opening hole
and bottom corners are already boxed as well. now we’re going to do the final
assembling of this backpack so have your exterior piece wrong side out and the
lining piece right side out and you want to make sure that your flap is inside
then you’re going to insert the interior piece into the exterior piece just like
so so you want to make sure that the right side of your lining is touching
the right side of your exterior piece secure them in place with the fabric
clips and I like to start from the side seams first and then make my way around
it then you want to go ahead and sew with half an inch of seam allowance and
of course you still gonna use the denim size needle for this you may also want
to increase the stitch length this will make it easier for your thread to go
through so many layers once you’ve done sewing go ahead and
pull your lining out and find that opening hole and then you’re going to
turn this piece inside out then you want to poke the corners with your fingers
then I’m gonna use my Hera marker to smoothen up the edges you can also use
iron this is gonna make it easier for us to top stitch it later. Now go ahead and
top stitch all around so you can top stitch this with either one-eighth of an
inch or a quarter of an inch of seam allowance
whichever one you feel more comfortable with and I cannot stop
preaching this, to not rushing when you are top stitching so just take your time
because you want your top stitching to look nice and once you’ve done top
stitching you want to pull your lining out and find that opening hole at the
bottom and then you want to fold that in about half an inch and go ahead and sew
this close, once you’ve done that go ahead and place your lining back inside
next we’re going to attach the loop of the velcro on the flap so go ahead and
place your flap where it should be and then the side where it’s sitting on the
hook of your velcro you want to go ahead and put the mark over there then you’re
going to cut the loop side of the velcro and apply the fabric glue basting
on the wrong side then you want to place your velcro where the mark is and then
you’re going to sew this in place, so this is how mine turned out, I used the same
thread as I use for quilting the flap this way all the stitches are sort of
blend in and I didn’t backstitch either so I simply pull the thread from the
wrong side and then make a knot to secure everything so your right side
will look nice and this is how mine turned out so you can see on the right side you
hardly can see the stitches of the velcro
so it is nice and clean finish and Voila!!! you’ve got yourself a new
backpack. And that’s all I have for you today guys thank you so much for
watching and I shall see you next time with another fun sewing project goodbye