Well….after finishing Abigail, which was a HUGE job, I took a little break BUT not tooooo long because my daughter Amy needed a backpack for school….She goes back today after two weeks of school holidays, so I finished it just in time! LOL This is a design my oldest daughter Emma and I came up with a while back now when she also needed one for school…..

A Backpack by ChrisW Designs

Front of Backpack

Amy LOVES blue at the moment, so she chose a gorgeous wave fabric by Elizabeths Studio. Perhaps not the best fabric to photograph in such a way to show off all the bags features BUT it actually does look quite good in use! Of course, NOTHING I ever do seems to be simple and this one was no exception! It has buckles, zippers and pockets galore!

Front Flap of backpack by ChrisW Designs

Front Pocket Flap

Under the flap is a zippered pocket:

Under Flap of Backpack by ChrisW Designs

Under the Flap

…and inside the zippered pocket are pen pockets and a little pocket for an eraser:

backpack Pen Pockets by ChrisW Designs

Pen Pockets!

There are side pockets too:

Backpack Side pockets by ChrisW Designs

Side Pockets

Plus inside the main compartment there is a book slip pocket and another zippered pocket:

Backpacks main Compartment by ChrisW Designs

Inside Main Compartment

The straps are padded and wide for comfort and durability….these won’t be digging into Amy’s shoulders or ripping out anytime soon! LOL Plus they are ajustable too!

Backpacks padded Straps - By ChrisW Designs

The Straps!

Here’s Emma’s original version….she chose fabric in her favourite colour PURPLE!

Purple Backpack by ChrisW Designs

Emma’s Version

So….now the question is, should I make this available as a pattern? It is bigger than my existing pattern, the Amy Backpack and more suited to an adult or teen PLUS I think it would make up nicely in khaki or something similar for the guys as well! So….What do you think? Would you be interested in seeing this backpack available as a pattern? You can leave a comment below…….I’d love to hear what you think! 🙂


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  1. This would make an awesome pattern. The larger size and more uni-sex style would appeal to a lot of people. I for one would buy the pattern.
    Ajay ;0)

  2. I love it. Definitely make a pattern to sell. I’ll be only too happy to test it for you. LOLLL Could do with loosing some more weight. LOLL The Amy backpack was nice too but more for a smaller child. This one is really good for most ages.

  3. Love the zipper pockets in it and appreciate the padded shoulder straps. Last backpack I made I padded the straps with foam and it was so comfortable to carry. Thanks for the great pics and info. I think you should be able to sell a good backpack pattern.

  4. Thanks for your comments Paula! My daughter commented on how comfortable it is too and when she came home from school she said “Mum….this is my favourite backpack ever!” Lol….so now I have a swollen head! LOLLLL Seriously….I do think this backpack is worth the work making it into a pattern so I will add that to my ‘To Do” List!

  5. I think it would be a great pattern, especially for people looking for ‘guy’ stuff to make, as there’s so little available….maybe coz their so hard to make stuff for….man bags are a great idea, but not if they’re a girly pattern if you get what I mean?
    Love the purple one, I’m sure you meant to make it for me instead of DD lol

  6. It would be a WONDERFUL pattern! In all honesty, I’m not sure I’d be making one, but it looks a thousand times better–and MUCH more professional–than any of the backpack patterns I’ve seen. Then again, all those pockets could be very handy—hmmm–! Thanks for sharing your amazing design talents with those of us who prefer the sewing side of creating!

  7. Have you got an ETA on the pattern for this bag? I’ve been hunting for a school bag pattern for my daughter and so far this is the best! Would love to make her one for Christmas…

  8. Hi Mel,
    Unfortunately not in time for Christmas! 🙁
    Unfortunately my ‘to do’ list is totally SWAMPED at the moment and I can’t see myself getting anywhere close to doing it until the new year, it’s quite an involved pattern…..to write instructions for anyway! …. Sorry to disapoint……

  9. Hi Christine,
    No worries. But would still love to get the pattern when it comes out, it looks so amazing! And I am sick of buying bags that just don’t seem to be able to take the bashing of a 6 year old.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  10. I know what you mean Mel! Wait until the teenage bashing starts! LOLL If you haven’t already, please sign up for my newsletter….that way you will know when it is released AND get a discount on the new pattern too! 🙂

  11. I love this backpack, and the purple pattern!! I was just wondering when you will release this pattern because i’ve looked everywhere and cannot find this purple pattern. Thanks

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