Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Herringbone Drawstring Backpack : :

Since Summer for my family means daily trips to the town pool and routine bike rides, while mooning over the gorgeous bundle of Tapestry fabrics that recently arrived, I quickly settled on making myself a new, drawstring backpack to have something easy to wear! A functional and pretty project to try seemed like the perfect place to start my Tapestry sewing. Oh how I adore this collection!

Tapestry fabrics by Sharon Holland

After last week's little scrap pouch and personalized drawstring bag making, I felt comfortable taking what I had learned while making those and modifying plans to fabricate myself a little quilted backpack. Since sewing plans for this project hatched rather quickly and I don't have much for bag making supplies on hand, I kept it simple using inexpensive cotton clothesline for my drawstring. It worked perfectly!

Clothesline Drawstring

I started by cutting just a 2" strip from each Tapestry print, adding in some Solid Smooth Denims to make a Herringbone quilt as you go bag front. You may have noticed, I LOVE using this pattern for just about everything!

A Herringbone Drawstring Backpack

For the back I used my Quick Quilt As You Go technique once again, this time with a simple strip quilting pattern. Since this bag is reversible I wanted to change it up just a little from the front!

Simple Strip Quilting

A Herringbone Backpack

After finishing up this first bag, I knew immediately that this project will be a regular, quick sew for me this Summer. I think I may even take orders for them in my Etsy shop! I already made a second with a little more added embellishment that I plan to share later this month as part of Bonnie Christine's Forest Floor Blog Tour!

You can find these beautiful Tapestry fabrics by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics newly available at Fat Quarter Shop and Llama Fabrics!

Happy Sewing!

♡ Maureen  


  1. Cute, cute the fabrics!

  2. Awesome idea, I can't wait to try it myself! xx

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  4. I love those type backpacks. I carried a promo one I was given at work all over the city in Merida Mexico.
    p.s. the Vietnamese post above is an ad and should probably be deleted.


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