Cute Drawstring Backpack Tutorial

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The cute drawstring back pack tutorial is easy to make and it’s a great way to get started with sewing Cuddle or Minky fabric.

This cute drawstring back pack can be made in an afternoon.  You can make up to 3 small back packs from 1 Cuddle Cake kit.  So cute an perfect to keep little treasures in!

For this project you will need:

1 Cuddle Cake Kit (you find these here)

84 inches of ribbon

Glue stick

Rotary cutter, ruler and mat (available here)

Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)

Safety Pin


Jersey Ballpoint Needle for your Machine.

Download the Pattern Below:

No pattern is needed for this tutorial, however the pattern terms of use still apply. !

Video Tutorial Here, Written Below:

Drawstring backpack tutorial

1 – Cut the materials you need

Each bag is mad up of 6 full squares and a quarter of another for the pocket.  Decide which squares you want for the exterior and interior of the back.  Decide which squares you desire for the top of the bag.  Cut these squares on half so you have four strips 5 inches wide by 10 inches long.

Take the square you want to use for the pocket.  Cut it in half and then a half in half again to make a 5 by 5 inch square.


2 – Begin to sew it together.

Take the top and bottom of the inside and outside pieces and sew together using a half inch seam allowance.

3 –  Make the pocket (optional)

Turn down the top of the pocket .5 inch, use a glue stick to tack down.  Sew down using zig zag stitch along the edge.  Then decide on placement of pocket Then run a glue stick along the edge of the wrong side of the pocket and tack down where you want it to be.  Sew along three sides of the pocket using a zig zag stitch, leaving the top with the finished edge open.

 4 – Begin to sew the bag together

Pin and Sew the interior of the bag together along three sides, using a .5 inch seam allowance, set aside.  For the exterior of the bag we’re going to leave gaps for the ribbon .   2.5 inches from the top of the bag mark and leave a 1 inch gap on each side.  1 inch from the bottom mark and leave a 1 inch gap on either side.  Sew all the way around three sides using a .5 inch seam allowance, leaving the marked gaps open.  Turn exterior right side out.

 5 – Bring it together.

Stuff the exterior into the interior of the bag so right sides are touching.  Pin the tops together, leaving a 2 to 3 inch gap for turning.  Sew all the way around the top using a .5 inch seam allowance.  Turn right side out and stuff interior into the bag.

 6 – Make the casing

Pin the top of the bag to stabilize it.  top stitch along the top .25 from the edge ( and in the process sew the turning gap shut.

Put pin in the top again to stabilize the top.  using washi tape, Mark  2 inches (measure to double check where your gap is – this can vary a bit due to the thickness of the fabric) out from your needle.  Using your measurement, top stitch along the top of the bag.  Then reposition the washi tape 1 inch out from your previous measurement and top stitch around the top of your bag again to create casing.

 7 – Add the ribbon

Using a safety pin on the end, thread ribbon through The casing all the way around the bag and back to the bottom where you began.   Take care not to pull ribbon all the way through and not to twist it.  Repeat on other side.  Sew ends of ribbon into the gap at the bottom of the bag.  Trim your threads.

Angel Hickman Peterson

Angel Hickman Peterson

Creator, Editor and Author at Fleece Fun
Angel has a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Utah, with a professional background is in film, television, radio and ad production. Angel currently divides her time between her small production company Angel Dawn Productions, her online sewing and crafting blog, her two little girls, baby boy, husband and on very good days also manages to get the dishes done.
Angel Hickman Peterson
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