EUGÈNE - Backpack and shoulder bag - PDF Sewing Pattern

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Paper Sewing Pattern

PDF sewing pattern for backpack

EUGÈNE is the perfect pattern for a backpack or shoulder bag, for everyday use or for all your activities and those of your family.

Fully lined. Clever interior storage including padded pocket for tablet or laptop. Lined, zippered front pocket and elasticated side pocket for water bottle. Wide zipped opening for an optimal convenience. Handles for carrying by hand, adjustable back straps and/or shoulder strap.

Sewing levelintermediate to advanced

What you will learn with this pattern: to assemble a lining, to assemble zippers, pockets, handles, back and/or shoulder straps.

A detailed description of the different versions sewn and the supplies used can be found on our blog.

A free video is available on the site showing the complete assembly 

A worksheet is available here. It allows you to note all the tips you want on each of your creations

Sizes :  S, M, L

S bag: 23 x 32 x 11 cm = 9 x 125/8x 43/8 in. (W x H x D). 8 litres. 
Tablet compatible
M bag: 27 x 37 x 13 cm = 105/8 x 145/8x 51/8 in. (W x H x D). 13 litres. 
Compatible with 13" or 14" laptop 
L bag: 29 x 40 x 15 cm = 113/8 x 153/4x 57/8 in.(W x H x D). 17 litres. 
15" laptop compatible

(W x H x D = Width x Height x Depth)

All our bags are designed to be carried by hand, on the back or over the shoulder. They're ideal for everyday use, shopping, walking or sports. The size S bag is suitable for children from around 5 years old, but can also be a perfect shoulder bag for adults when sewn with a shoulder strap. The size M bag can carry laptops of around 13 and 14 ''. It can also be used for adults or children as a schoolbag. Finally, the EUGÈNE bag in size L can carry a computer up to 15"; it's designed more for adults.

Supplies and fabrics:

- Outer fabric: medium to heavyweight 250-400g/m2 woven fabrics, such as canvas, gabardine, bachette, denim, corduroy, waxed canvas, quilted fabric, fake leather or leather. Thinner woven fabrics such as waffle, linen or ribstop (nylon parachute fabric) for a "soft bag" effect or to be lined with thick wadding.
- Lining: cotton poplin, chambray or thin polyester fabric.
Wadding: thick or thin, depending on the desired effect, fusible or not and optional Style-Vil foamed interlining from Vlieseline for the back and tablet/laptop pocket.

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  • Supplies

    - Wadding: wadding (basic or type H630 or H640 from Vlieseline) and optional Style-Vil foamed interlining from Vlieseline, to be adapted according to the desired effect (more or less thickness).

    - Closed end zippers or zippers by the metre: metallic or nylon 6-7 mm, 1 for the central opening (with 1 or 2 sliders) and 1 for the outer pocket (with 1 slider)

    - 25, 30 or 40 mm = 1, 1-3/8 or 1-5/8'' wide flexible webbing for handles, shoulder straps and shoulder strap in cotton/polyester or 100% polyester

    - 2 fastening loops and 2 sliding buckles for the back shoulder straps or 2 fastening buckles and 1 sliding adjustment buckle for the one shoulder strap (4 fastening buckles and 3 sliding buckles if you use both shoulder straps and shoulder strap), all buckles adapted in size to the width of the strap (often we use a buckle between 38 and 40 mm (1 to 1-5/8'') for a 40 mm=1-5/8" wide shoulder strap for example)

    - as an option, we can also provide 2 hooks to make the shoulder strap removable. In this case, use 2 half-moon rather than rectangular buckles for the shoulder strap.

    - 1.5 cm= 5/8" wide elastic: 20 cm=8" long.

    - Extra strong sewing thread or classic polyester thread that can be doubled (2 spools).

    - 1 snap button for an anorak or camping.

    - 100 or 110 gauge needles.

    - a patchwork ruler to place the back straps at a 60° angle to the back piece. Alternatively, use the template provided in PDF format, which is freely available on the site and can be printed out. A template for 60° back straps is available here.



    * foamed interlining is then used instead of wadding for 1 piece n°1C and for 5B. In this case, deduct 15 cm= 1/4 yard for sizes S, M or 30 cm = 3/8 yard for size L of wadding from the requirements shown in the chart.
    ** for zippers by the metre cut off 3 cm = 1-3/8" more than in chart


    Tips for choosing wadding- The lining of the bag should always be reinforced with a wadding of varying thickness, depending on the outer fabric and, above all, on the desired effect. You can double the wadding for an even softer effect, particularly around the laptop pocket and the back. The ideal is to use a foamed interling such as Style-Vil from Vlieseline® for the back lining and laptop pocket, which gives a good hold but is slightly stiffer than the wadding. Wadding is then used for the other lining pieces. Note that if your fabric is already quilted, there's no need to add wadding as the fabric already has a certain amount of hold. Only the lining pocket for the tablet or laptop will need to be reinforced with wadding or foamed interlining. If you want a firm back, you can also add Style-Vil foamed interlining to the lining.

    What you will receive with this sewing pattern:

    • A PDF file for each size to print at home in A4 or US letter format: 21 pages for each size.
    • A PDF file for all sizes together to print at home in A4 or US letter format 21 pages.
    • A PDF file for all sizes together to print in a specialized store in A0 format 1 page.
    • A PDF file for projection
    • A PDF file for the guidebook with all detailed steps in bilingual version (English/French)
    You receive an email with the download links right after payment. Download, print and start creating your own garments! For more info on how to use the digital sewing patterns created by Ikatee, please check our instructions.