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The Build Bag Book: Backpacks
Everyone will love this friendly brown bear! 
Lift his chin to access the handy pocket. The D-rings on the side can be used to clip your favourite charm or another carry strap, if you wish to make one as an extra. I’ve used a heavyweight wool fabric for the outer bag and used interfacing, as the weave is quite open.

Finished size
29.5 x 34.5 x 9cm 
(11½ x 13½ x 3½in)

Using your template
Cut the following:
• 
2 round backpack pieces from outer 
fabric and interfacing, on the fold
• 
2 round backpack pieces from lining,
on the fold
• 1 zip panel from outer fabric and 
 interfacing, on the fold
• 1 zip panel from lining, on the fold
• 
1 base panel from outer fabric and interfacing, on the fold
• 1 base panel from lining, on the fold
• 2 end panels from outer fabric and 
 interfacing, not on the fold
• 2 end panels from lining, not on the fold
• 
2 angled flaps from faux suede, 
on the fold
• 1 pocket from outer fabric and 
 interfacing, on the fold
• 1 pocket from lining, on the fold
• 1 bear face from light brown felt, on the fold
• 2 ears from light brown felt
• 2 ears from faux suede
• 1 nose from dark brown felt
• 2 large eyes from dark brown felt
• 2 small eyes from cream felt

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© 2020 Debbie Shore / Search Press · Reproduced with permission. · Bear Pocket Bag (p50-55 and the template) ‘The Build a Bag Book: Backpacks’ by Debbie Shore ISBN: 9781782217671 RRP: £17.99 Publisher: Search Press Available from www.searchpress.com
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  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 1
    Step 1

    Then simply draw through the slots in your template to mark the outline of your bag pieces.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut out as many pieces as required, by following the drawn dashed lines.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 4
    Step 3

    Place the bear face centrally over the right side of one of the angled flaps and secure with spray adhesive. Carefully lift one side of the face and stuff a little toy filler underneath. Hand-sew down each side of the face with running stitch in embroidery thread/floss. Roll a little ball of toy filler and place in the centre of the face, 5cm (2in) from the bottom.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 5
    Step 4

    Spray the back of the nose with adhesive and place over the top of the toy filler, then hand-sew in place. Sew the large eyes to either side of the face, as shown. Finally, place the small eyes on top and secure with a large French knot.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 6
    Step 5

    Apply the slimmer half of the magnetic snap to the right side of the other piece of flap fabric, centrally, 2.5cm (1in) from the bottom. Fit the other side of the magnetic snap to the outer pocket, centrally, 9cm (3½in) from the top.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 6
    Step 6

    Using the template

    Refer to the pattern pieces needed for each bag. 
Where indicated in bold, place the template over the fold 
of your fabric.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew the ear pieces right sides together – each felt piece with a faux suede piece. Leave the straight side open, then trim around the curves with pinking shears.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 8
    Step 8

    Turn right side out and edge-stitch around the seam.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sew the two angled flap pieces right sides together, leaving a turning gap of about 5cm (2in) in the top. Snip across the corners, then turn right side out. Edge-stitch around the side and bottom edges.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 10
    Step 10

    Fuse interfacing to the back of each outer fabric piece. Sew the two pocket pieces right sides together, leaving a turning gap of about 5cm (2in) in the top. Snip across the corners, then turn right side out. Edge-stitch across the top.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 11
    Step 11

    Fasten the angled flap to the pocket using the magnetic snap, then pin both centrally over the front of the bag, 6cm (2½in) from the bottom. Place the ears behind the flap at each top side and sew straight across the top of the flap, removing the pins as you sew. Lift the flap out of the way and sew around the side and bottom edge of the pocket.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 12
    Step 12

    The front of your bear bag is finished!

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 13
    Step 13

    Make up an unlined zip panel (see page 16); cut two 7.5cm (3in) lengths of webbing and thread each through a D-ring – add one to each end of the zip panel before attaching the end panels.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 14
    Step 14

    Pin the centre of the zip panel to the centre top of the front of the bag, right sides together, then sew the whole panel to the front of the bag.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 15
    Step 15

    Cut two 7.5cm (3in) lengths of webbing, thread each through a rectangular ring then fold in half. Sew these, facing upwards, to the bottom of the back of the bag, 5cm (2in) from each side. Cut the remaining webbing in half. Thread one end of each strip around the centre bar of each slider and sew in place. Take the opposite ends of the webbing, thread through the rectangular rings, back through the slider, then sew to the top of the bag, 9cm (3½in) from each side.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 16
    Step 16

    Sew the bag back right sides together to the zip panel, marking and matching the centre points. Sew in the base, right sides facing, and your outer bag is complete.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 17
    Step 17

    Cut the lining zip panel in half lengthways, fold over one long side of each piece by 5mm (¼in) and press.

  • Step 18

    Sew right sides together to the end panels, leaving a 
1cm (½in) gap in the centre, as shown.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 19
    Step 19

    Make up the lining in the same way as the outer bag, sewing each side to the zip panel then adding the base. Turn right side out.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 20
    Step 20

    Push the outer bag inside the lining so that the wrong sides are facing. Line up the gap in the lining around the zip, then hand-sew with slipstitch.

  • How to make a backpack. Bear Pocket Backpack - Step 21
    Step 21

    Turn the bag right side out and add a charm to one of the D-rings if you wish!

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