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RETREAT BACKPACK - Pattern for an internal frame backpack

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RETREAT BACKPACK is a very functional backpack that can be dressed up for the City and is named after its cousin the Retreat Bag by Emmaline Bags and uses their internal B-Frame.

Finished Size: 12”L x 13.5”H x 6”W (30.5 cm L x 34.3 cm H x 15.2 cm W)

  • A top that opens wide and stays that way so that you can get to all your stuff
  • A front zippered pouch pocket on the front
  • A long zippered pocket on the back
  • Both a divided slip pocket and a zippered pocket inside
  • Great for everyday activities with potential as a diaper bag, a gym bag or a camera bag
  • Can be made successfully with quilting cotton, canvas or coated fabric, linen, denim, or waxed canvas
  • Designed using Emmaline Bags internal B -Frame or equivalent 10” x 3-3/4” frame
  • Uses webbing for the straps and handles
  • Ends of straps and handles are covered with raw edge vinyl, leather or cork making the construction much less bulky to sew compared to using multiple layers of fabric.
  • Emmaline Bags has put together a Hardware Kit for this bag that can be purchased at :
  • Both drafted pattern pieces and measured pieces
  • Optional “Puddle Protector” described in TRY THIS at the end of the pattern
  • Written with lots of detail for the beginning bag maker
  • Cutting chart and identification tags for labelling the cut pieces
  • Partner this pattern with the optional POCKET ADD-ON pattern for more variety
  • Appeals to the experienced bag maker as it is easily taken up a notch with fabric choices and options.
  • All construction is suitable for a domestic sewing machine . If choosing thicker fabrics, consider reducing the interfacing and/or fusible fleece for a less stiff construction.
Exterior and pouch pocket
3/4 yard (70 cm) of 42” (107 cm) wide quilting cotton, linen, or denim.

1 yard (90 cm) quilting cotton

Straps and handles
3 1/2 yards (320cm) 1” (2.5 cm) webbing
4.5”x 3” (11.4 cm x 7.6 cm) scrap of vinyl, leather or cork

4 yards (3.6 meters) 20“ (51 cm) wide fusible woven interfacing (e.g., Pellon Shape Flex SF101)
1/2 yard (45 cm) Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece
1 piece - 5-3/4” x 11-1/2“ (13.6 cm x 29.2 cm) firm stabilizer (e.g., Peltex, plastic grid, core flute)

1 set - Internal Wire Frame Style B (found at 10” x 3-3/4” (25.4 cm x 9.5 cm)
2 - 1” (2.5 cm) rectangular rings*
2 - 1” (2.5 cm) rectangular sliders*
6 - 1/2” (1.9 cm) bag feet (optional)*
* Included in Emmaline Bag’s Hardware Kit:
1 - 23” (58 cm) of #4.5 or 5 coil zipper tape with one or two sliders for top closure
1 - 11” (28 cm) of #4.5 or 5 coil zipper tape with slider for front pouch
1 - 11” (28 cm) of #4.5 or #5 coil zipper tape with slider for exterior zippered pocket
1 - 9”(23 cm) of #3 coil zipper tape with slider for inside pocket
1 - package matching or contrasting double folded bias tape (optional)

Marking chalk or erasable pen. Check to ensure marks will erase from your fabric choice.
Pins and/or clips, lighter or wood burning tool

Optional: Plain white eraser, craft knife, double-sided tape, duct tape, spray starch, pressing ham
You will get a PDF (2MB) file

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