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Peter Rabbit drawstring back pack tutorial

Next week my Sister, brother in law and my two young nephews are coming to stay. We have an action packed week planned including trips to Dartmoor, the local pool and parks and treasure hunts in the woods.

So to welcome the two boys to our new house in the country I have made them each a Peter Rabbit drawstring back pack that I have filled with a new lunch box, healthy treats, paper gliders, plasticine, blow bubbles and more. I have made one with blue drawcord and one with green so they can distinguish between the two!

They will also be able to take their new drawstring backpacks with them when we go out for the day. A great place for their snacks, and toys to keep them amused on the car journeys!

I got the lovely Peter Rabbit cotton canvas from Wholeport and the drawcord and eyelets from my local sewing store. The drawstring back packs are super easy to make and you can have one whipped up in an hour or so.

This finished backpack measures 35cm across and is 36.5cm tall, a perfect size for the little ones...

1 bag

How-to step by step

  • Drawstring back pack tutorial

    Step 1

    Start by cutting out a piece of fabric, 35cm wide, 80cm long. Turn each short end over 1cm and press.

  • Drawstring back pack tutorial

    Step 2

    Stitch along the edge

  • Drawstring back pack tutorial

    Step 3

    Fold fabric in half, with right sides together stitch sides together using a 1cm seam allowance, stopping 4cm from the top.

  • Drawstring back pack tutorial

    Step 4

    Fell seam edges (zig-zag or overlock), and trim corners off at the bottom

  • Drawstring back pack tutorial

    Step 5

    Press side seams open and turn bag out.

  • Drawstring back pack tutorial

    Step 6

    At the top of the bag, where the side seam is open, stitch around the opening on each side, close to the edge.

  • Drawstring back pack tutorial

    Step 7

    Fold top edge down 2.5cm and stitch all the way around, close to the bottom edge.

  • Drawstring back pack tutorial

    Step 8

    Cut two pieces of drawcord to 150cm in length. Using a safety pin feed one piece through both top casings.

  • Drawstring back pack tutorial

    Step 9

    So the end comes back out the other casing on the same side of the bag.

  • Drawstring back pack tutorial

    Step 10

    Repeat with second drawcord on opposite side.

  • Drawstring back pack tutorial 11

    Step 11

    Following the manufacturers instructions punch an eyelet in the bottom corners of the bag

  • Drawstring back pack tutorial

    Step 12

    Thread ends of drawcord on each side through the corresponding eyelet.

  • Drawstring back pack tutorial

    Step 13

    Knot ends of drawcord to secure in place

  • Peter Rabbit drawstring back pack tutorial

    Step 14

    Fill the bag with treats and pull the drawcord to close

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