How to make a rucksack

Here is the pattern for the faux leather rucksack I made.

In the first pattern, I put the measurements I used. They are all in centimeters. In the second pattern I did not put the measurements in case any of you did not want to make the bag using my sizes, this way you can scale it up or down as much as you would like.

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Here is the full tutorial:

53 thoughts on “How to make a rucksack

    • The length of the red line at the bottom right, should be 10 cm. So if you make sure that when you print out the pattern the red line is 10 cm, all the other pieces will be the size I used.
      I made the bag 38 x 30 x 10 cm, the front pocket was 25 x 15 x 2. And the flap that closed the bag was 30 x 24. I wanted to use this bag for school, so it needed to be quite big for all my books to fit in it.

  1. Can I ask you something? In the pattern, i don’t understand the scale, “Scale 10cm”? Can you tell me that scale is 1:2 or 1:3 or something? Plz rep me!
    I really like your tutorial and I want to made that, so plz tell me!

    • I mean that the length of the red line at the bottom right, should be 10 cm. I should have made this more clear. But if you make sure that when you print out the pattern the red line is 10 cm, all the pieces will be the right size.

  2. Hey there!
    I love the rucksack
    How do you attach the lining inside the bag??
    Do you show that in the video??
    Please help me 😀

    • I’m so sorry, I totally forgot to film that part. I simply folded over the edge of the blue fabric (so the edge of the fabric would not unravel) and then I laid that inside the leather bag. So I had four layers: outside leather + inside leather (you’re not going to see this) + outside blue fabric (you’re not going to see this) + inside blue fabric. And then I just put a stitch through the whole top of the bag where the blue fabric and the leather were connecting. I hope this makes sense.

  3. This is great. I’m looking for someone with your skills to help me make a prototype of a backpack. Let me know if you’re interested.

  4. I’m sorry if you have to answer too many questions but since the bag in the tutorial is kind of big on me, can I scale down the pattern by a few centimeters and still have the rucksack in good condition? D:

  5. Hey I am really interested in making this bag just like yours but I am a bit confused on some areas.

    Do you still have you exact measurements for each piece.

    (Not just this
    38 x 30 x 10 cm, the front pocket was 25 x 15 x 2. And the flap that closed the bag was 30 x 24.)

    It will be my first time making something like this. Can we exchange numbers? Will need your help

  6. hello u have some questions umm so I used ur scaled and it turns out all of the fabric measurements are 1cm less but it is perfect to the lining. Is the scale only for lining?

  7. also, SO SORRY, um how did u attach the front piece to the back & sides? U didn’t really specify how exactly to do it in the video…

    • In the patter, you still need to add about 1 cm seam allowance yourself. The string is the piece that will go through the loops, with this you can pull the bag shut. I attached the front piece to the back & sides by doing every seam separate. So first I pinned one of the seams and stitched it, then another etc.
      Hope this helps!

  8. I really want to make this backpack, I have my fabric all ready, but I have no clue how on earth to print something like this!

    I do not think there is a printer that prints paper this big that I could ever find. Is there any way to print this on US. Letter paper (8.5 inches by 11 inches) with the ride line still being 10 cm? If not how could I maybe make the pattern without printing??

    • I added the measurements of all the pieces to the pattern so you could maybe draw the pattern yourself directly onto your fabric. All you have to do is draw the shapes from the pattern using the right dimensions.
      I hope your bag will turn out great and if it’s finished I would love to see a picture!

  9. I just wanna ask if it’s possible to use other/substitute fabric in this instead of faux leather? ( e.i. Old jeans )

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  11. when i sewed the pocket side lining that was 38cm by 2cm to the pocket that was 25cm by 15cm it didn’t fit please tell what to do where did i go wrong

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  14. thanks for an awesome pattern I made slight variations to make it more mine 😉 – just one crit from me and that is maybe next time you just want to add the seam allowance. i used a 1cm SA but I know some people prefer 1.5 – might make it easier for newbies or less experianced sewers to understand.

  15. I think the measurements are way off. I cut exactly to size using your measurements and it is coming up short. I didnt even think about adding a cm to each pattern until I read the comments. Something easy off because in your video the pattern looks bigger.

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