Drawstring Backpack - Beginner Sewing Pattern & Video Tutorial


These bags are perfect for sports, dance, books or to use for activities when you want your hands free. They are a great way to use fun or theme fabrics and make great gifts for everyone! These are easy to make. This pattern focuses on building measuring skills.

In addition to the step by step instructions, you will also have access to a full video tutorial which will walk you through each step of the project in detail.


Students are also encouraged to join the Crosscut Sewing Community Facebook Group to share their project or ask questions.


½ yard of exterior fabric (quilting cotton)
½ yard of interior fabric (quilting cotton)
3½ yards of drawstring cord, ribbon or twill tape


Drawstring Backpack Kits are available for this project.

This sewing pattern is designed to teach new or young sewers how to follow sewing instructions.  Students with a little experience may be able to follow by themselves.  Younger students may need help, but read the directions carefully together and encourage them to figure out each step.  This is a simple project, so the focus can really be on reading and following each step.