Drawstring Backpacks

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March 26, 2022

A fabric drawstring backpack.I made these for a charity who gives backpacks filled with various items to cancer patients who are children.


Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1


  • 2 pieces fabric, 15 by 19 inches
  • scissors
  • seam binding or heavy duty trim or ribbon
  • 12 ft paracord
  • safety pin
  • pins
  • thread
  • sewing machine


  1. Cut out the fabric and place right sides together. Measure from top of long side of fabric and mark with a colored pencil 2 inches down and then make another mark 1 inch down from the 2 inch mark. Pin in place. Repeat for the other side. Place another mark 2 inches from bottom.
  2. A piece of flower fabric.
    A piece of flowered fabric, wrong side up.
    Pinning the fabric.
  3. Using bias tape made from the fabric, premade bias tape, or heavy duty ribbon or trim, cut two 3 inch pieces. Fold in half. Place raw ends 2 inches from bottom of long side of fabric. Pin in place.Beginning at the top of one of the long sides of fabric, sew to the 2 inches mark, backstitching at the beginning and end of 2 inches mark. Then sew from the 1 inch mark all the way around. When you reach the bias tape portion, sew back and forth across to secure it in place and then continue sewing all the way around.
  4. Sewing the backpacks.
    Sewing the backpacks.

  5. Iron a 1/4 inch fold on the top of fabric and then fold down until "hole" or opening is at the top of the bag. Measure and pin all the way around the inside of the bag. Sew.
  6. Sewing the backpacks.
    Folding the fabric.
  7. Measure two 72 inches pieces of paracord. With a safety pin, pin to one piece of paracord and insert into one of the holes and push cording all the way around the bag, coming out of the hole where you started. Repeat this same step and insert paracord into other hole. When completed, there will be two pieces of cord coming out of each hole.
  8. Strings to make the straps.

  9. Feed one of the cords into the bias tape at the bottom of the bag and tie in a knot with the other cord. Repeat for the other side. You now have a drawstring backpack.
  10. Running the straps through the guide tab.
    Adding the straps to the backpack.
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