digital a day in the park backpack tote sewing pattern
This versatile bag can be worn as a backpack, shoulder bag, or tote and is suitable as a second project for new sewers. Fully lined interior includes zippered pocket and divided patch pocket for pencils, cell phone, or other small items.
This style is provided as a digital pattern. It may be printed on both home printers (using either 8 1/2" x 11" or A4 paper) and at service bureaus that handle 36" wide sheets. When you complete your order, you will be provided with a unique code to instantly download the pattern. See our digital product policy for full details.
Medium- to lightweight fabrics such as upholstery fabric, cotton home decorating fabric, quilting cottons, linen, or wool.
- 3/4 yard medium-weight fabric (standard 44" wide) for the exterior (body) of the bag. (Allow extra fabric for matching or centering a pattern.)
- 1/2 yard of medium-weight fabric (standard 44" wide) for the straps and inside patch pocket. (Straps are cut on the cross grain; for directional fabrics, buy 1 yard and cut the straps on the long grain.)
- 3/4 yard light- to medium-weight fabric (standard 44" wide)
- 1/2 yard cotton canvas (standard 60" wide)
- 1 1/2 yards heavy sew-in interfacing (or 1/2 yard if using heavy-weight fabric for the exterior)
- Coordinating thread (one color to match each of your fabrics)
- Two 1 1/4" - 1 3/4" o-rings
- One magnetic snap
- Four small rivets
- One 7" zipper
- One 1" - 1 1/2" button
- Small scrap of lightweight fusible interfacing (approximately 2" x 9")
- Note: A walking foot is strongly recommended, due to the number of fabric layers.
The body of the bag measures 13.5" tall (without the straps), 12" wide, and 2" deep.
Average rating: (4.7 of 5) based on 6 reviewsHeavy goingReviewed by Nina on 12/19/2016This bag has a great many pieces to cut out and is pretty heavy going at the sewing machine - canvas interlining makes for some extremely thick seams that my mid-range domestic machine struggled to cope with (my outer fabric was also heavy, which made this worse). The resulting bag is not as practical as I'd hoped - when carried as a backpack the top edge collapses, despite all the interlining etc; when carried as a tote you can't easily access your stuff - with most totes you can just let one shoulder strap down to reach in a grab things, but with this design you have to take the whole bag off your shoulder to get into it. The outer buttoned pocket isn't much use for anyone who travels by public transport - much too inviting to pickpockets (I added a zip to it). The bag as drafted is very thin, not big enough to hold a water bottle, but you can remedy this by increasing the width of the side panels. This bag took much more time and effort than expected and didn't give quite the results I'd hoped for. The instructions are clear and all the pieces fitted together correctly. The convertible strap design is unique, but there are simpler, quicker patterns around that produce more practical bags.13 of 14 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Fantastic bag!!Reviewed by Kaitlin (Verified Buyer) on 08/23/2016I really enjoyed making this bag. Like every pattern from Liesel and Co., the directions were extremely easy to follow. The bag itself is very cute and functional. I will be making several more of these to give as Christmas presents.3 of 4 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?My favoriteReviewed by Carey on 06/29/2016I have made this bag at least ten times to give to friends and family. It's always a big hit. I love being able to select a fabric that is special to the recipient. I've used fabric with birds, flowers, trees, bicycles, even RVs! It's fun to mix and match fabrics for the lining and pockets. The instructions are well written and the bag goes together very nicely. I couldn't find my original pattern so I recently bought a digital copy. Love this pattern!4 of 4 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?A true classicReviewed by KATHI DEREVAN on 12/01/2014I have made this bag many, many times since first buying the original paper pattern at Purl Soho several years ago. It is perfect whether it's made with upholstery fabric, decor weight, or quilting cotton. The size and shape work for everyone--I do make longer handles for myself because I'm tall. Whenever I carry it, people ask about it, and so I have made several as gifts, and have even taught a class for it, with many requests to repeat it for those who missed it. It truly is a classic that will never go out of style.3 of 4 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Very professional lookingReviewed by Maria Sasse on 07/28/2014I made this bag as a present for my mother in law. She exclusively rides a bike as daily transportation, so this bag was perfect for her. Sewing this bag is not as difficult as it may seem, you will need some time, but it is fun to sew and the result is well worth the time invested. I used suede immitation and made it sturdy by using canvas and interfacing as recommended. I used a jeans needle 110... be sure to use a new one, it will work better. I found the other materials in a fabric store near our apartment, so I cannot say that it was difficult to find them. I must confess I did need some help for inserting the ribets because you do need a little bit of muscle... but other than that everything comes out smoothly. Just be sure to have enough time to do this project and I promise 100 % it will be fun to make.4 of 4 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Awesome bagReviewed by Angie on 11/11/2013I have made this bag twice now, once as a gift and once for myself. The most difficult part is cutting all the pieces out, but once that job is done, it comes together quickly. It has become my go-to bag and I love the convertible straps--items stay very securely inside when worn as a backpack.4 of 5 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?
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