The City Backpack

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Get exploring with The City Backpack, a practical and stylish backpack to practise your bag making skills on. It’s the perfect size for carrying the essentials on a day out in the city (or anywhere!).

When we’re out and about soaking up the sunshine and sightseeing somewhere new, be it at a coastal resort or a cosmopolitan city, the last thing we want to do is to be laden down with a heavy shoulder bag. So we’ll be packing all our big-day-out essentials in this issue’s City Backpack, a cute carry-all bag pattern that’s the perfect size for our sunscreen, sunnies, camera and travel snacks. We’ve made ours in pretty floral canvas with webbing straps, a cork fabric base and D-ring closure for practicality and style. Now let’s go exploring!

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This bag sewing pattern was available with issue 43 of Simply Sewing magazine

You will need

  • Fabric A: 30x112cm (12x44in), for the main front and back
  • Fabric B: 30x85cm (12x34in), for the base and details
  • Fabric C: 80x112cm (32x44in), for the lining and pocket
  • Iron-on wadding: 70x90cm (28x35in)
  • Iron-on interfacing: 20x30cm (8x12in)
  • Cotton webbing: 2.5cm (1in) width x 2.3m (212yds)
  • 2 rectangle rings: 2.5cm (1in)
  • 2 D-rings: 2.5cm (1in)
  • 2 rectangle bag sliders: 2.5cm (1in)
  • Zip: 18cm (7in)
  • 2 press fasteners or Kam snaps
  • Fray stopper
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing kit

Fabric suggestions

We used canvas for the main bag, cork fabric for the base and cotton for the lining.


  • Learn the basics of bag-making
  • Attach adjustable webbing straps
  • Add a contact panel and matching details
  • Make a secure fastening with a secure D-ring and webbing.