I’m delighted to show you the newest pattern to join my pattern shop, the Promise Ring Backpack! I designed this as a small purse-style backpack that would allow you to be out and about this summer while being hands-free, but it also makes an adorable child’s backpack!
The backpack features solid accents to make your feature fabric pop! The straps are adjustable and clipped to the sides of the backpack. A flap with a magnetic snap closure keeps your belongings safe, and there is a zippered pocked in the lining to store your cell phone.
For my sample, I used an out-of-print fabric by Tula Pink from her ‘Flutterby’ line; this is one of my favorite prints ever. The lining fabric is also by Tula Pink, from ‘Acacia’. I used 40wt. Aurifil thread to make the bag, and the purse hardware is my branded Sew Sweetness Purseware, which you can find at your local quilt shop or in my online shop.
Finished Size: 9-1/2” wide x 11-1/2” tall x 5-1/2” deep
- 3/4 yard of Exterior Fabric
- 3/4 yard of Lining Fabric
- 3/4 yard of Solid Fabric for the straps and accents
- 1/2 yard of foam interfacing (By Annie’s Soft and Stable, Pellon Flex Foam [Flex Foam is only 20” wide so please double the amount called for if using Flex Foam], or automotive headliner fabric)
- 2-1/2 yards of 20” wide Pellon SF-101 Shape Flex fusible woven interfacing (or medium-weight fusible interfacing)
- 7” zipper
- Invisible magnetic snap -OR- 1/2” regular magnetic snap
- 1” metal slider
- Two metal swivel clips (to hold 1” wide straps)
- Two 3/4” d-rings
- Pellon Wonder Under 1/2” wide tape (or double-sided fusible web tape)
A few weeks ago I had the chance to give this bag a road-test when I went along on my 8-year-old son’s field trip to the zoo. With so many little ones milling about, I didn’t want to have to worry about a bag on my shoulder, so I took the Promise Ring Backpack along. It fit both of our lunches and all of the usual things I would normally put in my purse (wallet, cell phone, etc.). It was easy to carry and honestly at times I forgot I was wearing it. It was the perfect bag to bring along on the trip.
As usual, I want to share with you all of the pattern testers’ versions of the bag…they worked through the pattern and suggested changes, as well as having some beautiful bags when they were done! Thank you so much to all of the testers, you are truly amazing!
Tracy of I’ve Got a Notion made her backpack with a tapestry fabric for the flap and sides (gray fabric) and finished off her bag with a ‘Handmade’ metal bag label! Beautiful!
Cindy of Raspberry Sunshine used a large neutral damask print with a pop of purple. Cindy always does a fantastic job with her bags, and I love the detailed topstitching she used that you can see peaking out from the loop at the top of the bag!
Norma from Norma’s Bag Boutique made her bag in a great neutral and red text print. She substituted the magnetic snap for a thumb catch and it turned out fabulous!!
Chloe made this fantastic version in Echino fabrics. This is the perfect little backpack for a little boy, and the contrasting yellow binding makes the blue in the fabric really stand out! Perfectly finished, Chloe!
Maria of Beautiful Blooms made this awesome tester bag and fighting immediately ensued among her children! I think she must hide all future bags while she’s making them, lol!
Joyce of Sew Bobo made her gorgeous striped backpack just in time to take to the peach! I think this turned out gorgeous, and she used a twist lock for the closure too! Fantastic work Joyce!
Mary Ann of A Cloth Life made her backpack with two coordinating fabrics for the exterior. It looks absolutely perfect with the pale pink lining. Gorgeous job, and I’m a little jealous of your photography and editing skills!
Brinkley made her backpack in an adorable combination of dot fabrics. She said that she was so excited about making the bag that she took forever choosing fabric! I think it’s a great choice for this sweet little backpack!