Drawstring School Backpack Pattern

(16 customer reviews)

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  • A super cute drawstring school backpack pattern
  • Super easy and really fun to make
  • Perfect for keeping your sewing supplies or using as a school bag
  • Takes just less than a yard of fabric
  • Many options so you could decorate in so many ways.
  • Suitable for woven fabrics only
  • Perfect for beginner sewistas
  • Pattern pieces and full tutorial with step-by-step instructions
  • Instant download PDF pattern
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This lovely drawstring school backpack pattern is super easy and really quick to make! Perfect for keeping your sewing supplies or using as a school bag. Takes just less than a yard of fabric and you could decorate in so many ways.

They range in size from being suitable for a toddler/play backpack, to school size to adult size! There’s a size for every occasion.

Gallery – See images from Instagram below. Or view our full tester gallery on our Facebook Page here.

Skill Level – Beginner

Sizes – The approximate finished sizes of the bags are:

  • Extra Small – 9.6 inches wide by 12.5 inches high
  • Small – 10.9 inches wide by 13.7 inches high
  • Medium – 12.2 inches wide by 15.1 inches high
  • Large – 13.6 inches wide by 16.5 inches high
  • Extra Large – 15 inches wide by 18 inches high

Options – optional:

  • ⅓ yard faux leather
  • 1 yard home décor or faux leather piping
  • grommets

Fabrics – This pattern is suitable for woven fabrics only. See the fabric requirements in the gallery above for yardage. A serger/ overlocker is optional but NOT required.

Format – This trim-free pattern is a downloadable PDF and comes in A4 or US letter printable sizes. An A0 format (pattern pieces only) is also included should you wish to have your pattern printed professionally. PDF Layers allow you to select and print only the size/s you want.

Reviews (16)

16 reviews for Drawstring School Backpack Pattern

  1. Marie Biswell

    A quick afternoon project – I actually used the backpack for me as a knitting project bag as it was too cute to give to the kids!

  2. Amy Vickers

    I really enjoyed making the backpack! The instructions were super easy to understand and execute. I love that you also made bigger versions. These are perfect for dance/sports , pre-school, or sleepovers!!! I will be making more in the near future, and will tell all my sewing friends about this awesome bag. Thank you for such an awesome pattern!!!!

  3. Amy Sipes

    Great fun pattern! Super cute design – perfect for day trips, kids bag or to hold mom essentials!!

  4. Jodi Bussell

    The Rebecca Page Back To School Drawstring Backpack is a quick and easy sew. The instructions are clear and well written, it was a pleasure to sew. The backpack would make a great gift and could be made with waterproof lining to make the perfect kid’s swim bag. There’s a larger size available to hold a binder but this size is perfect for the little one’s and they’ll never lose their one of a kind backpack again.

  5. Marissa Lockhart

    Lovely pattern, easy to follow photos and descriptions. You can make this one in just an afternoon or quicker if you don’t have a little one running around! Perfect sized bag for my toddler (2yrs)

  6. Maxyne Jacques

    The drawstring backpack is a simple and fast sewing project. It is an ideal project for a person who starts sewing. It does not require much fabric. I did it for my boy so he could carry his little treasures!”

  7. Jackie Henderson

    This is a great, super quick sew! Need a gift? Whip it up! Multiple sizes make it extremely versatile!! Making it yourself makes it unique! No rack bags for you!!

  8. Nickkole Erinn

    This backpack is super easy to make and very cute! I chose to make it for my daughter’s gymnastics bag, but already have a few more planned!

  9. Keeley Passwaters

    Very cute bag and a quick, easy sew. Perfect for heading back to school or as a casual everyday bag. The inner and outer pockets are great for storing smaller items, like keys or a phone, for easy reach.

  10. Catherine killen

    I had so much fun making this, it was such a lovely pattern, the pattern was easy to cut out and sewed up lovely, after I made it and gave it away, I had a few requests to make more x

  11. Nici Ivey

    Such a fun sew!! The medium size is perfect for a night away at Grandma’s (my big kids tested this asap!). I’m looking forward to making two small ones for my twin toddlers to put their treasures in!

  12. Jana Harcus

    This backpack was a quick and rewarding sew! There are so many uses for this bag. With the multiple sizes included in the pattern it is perfect for anyone to use.

  13. Casey Bray

    Super quick and easy sew with amazing results! My toddler instantly claimed mine, so I guess I will have to make a couple more! Perfect Christmas present idea too!

  14. Cristy Barnes

    As an added bonus the pencil case teams perfectly with the back pack. Rebecca Page thanks again for another fab pattern.

  15. Shevaun Langer

    Such an easy pattern to sew and absolutely love the different fabric combinations you can use to achieve different looks. I loved the addition of the piping which was new for me as it finished off the bags’ styling. Another awesome pattern! Thanks to Rebecca and her team xx

  16. Jeannie fisher

    There’s lots of Versatility to this pattern by changing the fabric, drawstring, as well as straps. I really loved this pattern!

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