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Extract from Hack That Tote! • By Mary Abreu • Published by Search Press

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Hack That Tote!
FINISHED BACKPACK: 16 ̋ wide × 211⁄4 ̋ high

Eliminating the cut-out corners of the Basic Tote Bag creates a flatter bag. A drawstring casing at the top edge and tabs with grommets work together to make this bag function
like a backpack.

Cutting
Tip
Adapt this pattern for lighter- weight fabrics by flat lining the exterior with a heavier fabric, such as canvas.

EXTERIOR
††Body:
Cut 2 rectangles 17 ̋ × 22 ̋.
††Drawstring casings:
Cut 2 rectangles 11⁄2 ̋ × 17 ̋.
††Cord guides:
Cut 2 rectangles 3 ̋×4 ̋.

FUSIBLE INTERFACING
††Cord guides:
Cut 2 rectangles 11⁄2 ̋ × 21⁄2 ̋.

All seam allowances are 1⁄4 ̋ unless otherwise noted. French seams eliminate the need for a lining. Refer to Anatomy of the Tote Bag Pattern and the Glossary as needed.

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© 2018 Mary Abreu / Search Press · Reproduced with permission. · ‘Hack That Tote!’ by Mary Abreu ISBN: 9781617452901 RRP Price: £17.99 Publisher: C&T Publishing Available from www.searchpress.com
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  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring Backpack - Step 1
    Step 1

    Press the cord guides in half, right sides together, matching the short edges.

    Match cord guides, right sides together.

  • Step 2

    Sew the short sides. Turn right side out and press.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring Backpack - Step 3
    Step 3

    Slip the fusible rectangles into the cord guides. Press to fuse.

    Insert fusible into cord guides.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring Backpack - Step 4
    Step 4

    Place 1 cord guide on the bottom left corner of an exterior piece, 5⁄8 ̋ up from the bottom, with the raw edges even on the left-hand side. Baste. Repeat on the opposite side with the remaining cord guide.

    Baste cord guides to exterior.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring Backpack - Step 5
    Step 5

    Match the bag exterior pieces, wrong sides together. Pin the sides and bottom. Sew. Trim the seam allowance to 1⁄8 ̋.

    Match exterior bag pieces, wrong sides together.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring Backpack - Step 6
    Step 6

    Turn the bag right sides together and press the seam flat.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring Backpack - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew the seams a second time, capturing the trimmed seam allowances inside the stitching, to create a French seam. Press. Leave the bag wrong side out and set it aside.

    Sew seams second time to create French seam.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring Backpack - Step 8
    Step 8

    Match the short ends of the drawstring casing, right sides together, and pin. Using a 1⁄2 ̋ seam allowance, sew the first and last 1⁄2 ̋ along the short end, leaving a 1⁄2 ̋ gap in the stitching to create the opening for the drawstring. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each line of stitches.

    Match short ends of drawstring casing, leaving 1⁄2 ̋ gap.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring Backpack - Step 9
    Step 9

    Press open the seams. Press under the raw edge of the seam allowance.

    Press under raw edge of seam allowance.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring Backpack - Step 10
    Step 10

    From the right side of the drawstring casing, topstitch along the seam allowances on both sides. Repeat on the other drawstring casing side seam.

    Topstitch along seam allowance.

  • Step 11

    Press 1 raw edge of the drawstring casing 1⁄4 ̋ to the wrong side.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring Backpack - Step 12
    Step 12

    Match the unpressed edge of the right side of the drawstring casing to the top edge of the wrong side of the backpack. Pin, starting at
    the side seams. Sew. Trim the seam allowance to 1⁄8 ̋.

    Match drawstring casing to top edge of backpack.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring Backpack - Step 13
    Step 13

    Press the drawstring casing over the seam allowance and flat against the top of the backpack. Pin and sew close to the folded bottom edge of the drawstring casing.

    Press drawstring casing over front of backpack.

  • Step 14

    Topstitch around the top edge of the drawstring casing.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring Backpack - Step 15
    Step 15

    Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install the grommets in the center of each cord guide.

    Install grommets in cord guide.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring Backpack - Step 16
    Step 16

    Cut the cord into 2 equal-length pieces.
    Set aside 1 piece. Use a bodkin or safety pin to feed 1 cord piece through the bottom of the cord guide, up through the bag front drawstring casing (from the left), around through the bag back drawstring casing (from the right), and then back down to the starting point. Knot. Repeat on the opposite side of the bag.

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