Canvas Roll Top Backpack, Version 2.0
This backpack is roughly the same dimensions as the first pack I posted earlier this summer, but I changed the pattern and construction to allow for some different options for pockets and shape.
- Simple roll top design
- Made from heavy cotton duck canvas
- Bottom portion brushed with latex for durability
- Cotton webbing, with snap hook closures
- Billow style front pockets are slightly expandable
- Added side pockets
- Fully lined, with removable back foam insert (for more or less padding/structure)
- Carry-on size, fits in overhead bin storage, and under the seat on airplanes.
I am really happy with the way this turned out. Before sewing a single stitch, I tried to think through the entire construction process. My goal was to keep the construction as simple as possible: no button holes, no basting, no pinning, no changing sewing machine feet, and no pressing. I wanted simple, efficient, no nonsense sewing, and I was able to do just that.
Obviously that approach won’t work for every project, and I’m certainly not knocking basting or pressing when they are necessary, but I tried to factor the need for those practices into the design to eliminate their necessity from the beginning.
I want to get back to making clothing soon, but right now I’m having too much fun with backpacks!