Dawn To Dusk Backpack PDF Pattern

(4 customer reviews)


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The Dawn To Dusk backpack is not only super useful BUT super cool and stylish too, with its gorgeous buckle hardware, eyelets and metal feet.

Features include a zippered front flap pocket with 5 pen pockets and a little coin pocket. Two side pockets close with a magnetic snap.

The roomy main compartment consists of a large elasticized slip pocket for books or a small laptop.

PLUS, the interior also boasts a zipper pocket of its own! Adjustable straps and a hanging loop complete the ensemble.

Finished bag size = Approx. 36cm (14”) X 33cm (13”) X 15cm (6”)

NOTE: The pattern now comes with a free bonus tutorial on how to enlarge the pattern to fit US letter size folders and binders.


The pdf pattern for the Dawn To Dusk backpack has 63 pages of instructions which include 145 step by step colour photos.

There are printing instructions and a ruler to check scale. 20 Pattern pieces are included as are measurements for both Metric and Imperial!

PLUS a TEXT ONLY version of the instructions (13 pages) comes bundled with your pattern for printing purposes, should you not need or wish to print all of the photos! Simply refer to your electronic versions for photos if needed! Saves on ink!

Additional information

Pattern Type


ChrisW Designs


*Exterior fabric: 115cm (1¼ yard) of 112cm (40”) wide fabric
*Lining fabric: 125cm (49”) of 112cm (44”) wide fabric
*Sew-in interfacing: Mid-weight – 50cm (½ yard) of 112cm (44”) wide interfacing. I used Pre-washed Shape-Well (Use fusible if you prefer, such as Shape-Flex SF101).
*Fusible interfacing: Mid-weight – 25cm (10”) of 112cm (44”) wide interfacing.
*Fusible fleece: Light weight – 50cm (½ yard); I used Vilene H 630 – 40cm wide (16”); substitute with Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece or Thermo Web
*Matching thread (I use Gutermann Polyester)
*1 piece of firm single side fusible Peltex – 26.6cm X 13.3cm (10½” X 5¼”) for base, or alternatively you can use any similar firm single sided fusible stabilizer

*1 X 61cm (24”) zipper to match exterior (you can cut down a larger one if you need to) for the top
*1 X 36cm (14”) zipper or longer for the Front Pocket
*1 X 20cm (8”) zipper or longer to match lining fabric for the Interior Zipper Pocket
*Piece of 12mm (½”) elastic, 26.6cm (10½”) long
*115.5cm X 2.5cm (45½”X 1”) webbing for the adjustable straps {Lengths cut as 2 X 38cm(15”), 1 X 16.5cm(6½”), 2 X 11.5cm(4½”)}
*2 X strap adjusters to suit 25mm (1”) webbing
*4 X 12mm (½”) bag feet
*4 X 20mm (¾”) buckles
*4 X eyelets that your buckle’s pins will fit through; I used 5.5mm (3/16”) inner hole diameter
*1 X 18mm regular magnetic snap for the Front Pocket
*2 x 14mm regular magnetic snaps for the Side Pockets
*Fray stopper or fabric glue

4 reviews for Dawn To Dusk Backpack PDF Pattern

  1. ERuss

    Wonderful pattern…easier than it might look and a great day pack…holds heaps. I made this as a beginner a few years ago and still use it often. I omitted the buckles and flap etc to simplify and it still looks great and receives many compliments. For the side pockets I made them a bit taller with elastic so they hold water bottles. I used a tropical print woven polyester for the outer, poplin lining and and a moulded plastic jacket zip…all for economy and ease of cleaning. Wish I could show a photo, it’s a great bag. As with all Chris’ patterns, excellent instructions and photos. Highly recommend!

  2. Sam (verified owner)

    I love this pattern It was challenging but soooo much fun. It took me a few months to get it finished, but it turned out amazing. I also added so fun hooks inside of the bag to clip things to. I was so nervous to buy a pattern online but everything fit like it said. I even used the extra pdf to convert the bag to fit US standard sized paper. Overall I am glad I got the pattern and gave it a try.

  3. Brenda Johnson

    I made this for my granddaughter to take to college and she loves it. It is easier to make than it looks. If I make another one I will make the strap longer.

  4. Beatriz Borges Fajardo (verified owner)

    It’s a backpack for which I keep a pleasant memory. I loved the result, when I saw it finished I couldn’t believe that I had done it, I’m just a fan of sewing that has been sewing for a very short time, but with Chris’s patterns it’s very easy for me.

    Es una mochila a la que le guardo un grato recuerdo. Me encantó el resultado, cuando la vi terminada no podía creer que la había hecho yo, yo solo soy una aficionada a la costura que cose desde hace muy poco tiempo, pero con los patrones de Chris me resulta muy fácil.

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