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Little Collector Backpack Pattern Release

little collector's backpack

Introducing the next Swoodson Says pattern, the Little Collector Backpack! If you have kids, you probably have dirt and sand in your washer/dryer right now (or is it just me?). We spend a ton of time outdoors and my son lives to collect treasures like pinecones, sticks, rocks, and leaves. Unfortunately he also tends to bring home the surrounding mud, sand, and dirt that they were resting on, which ends up making a huge mess in my house.

Instead of sewing all his pockets shut, I decided to make him a fun little backpack that was kid-sized and kid-friendly. It has a velcro & drawstring closure, and an envelope-style pocket inside – both are easy for toddler sized hands to manipulate. The pocket and the bag bottom are both made of mesh, so all the dirt and sand can just fall through to the ground!

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one thimble magazine

The bag pattern was originally released through One Thimble E-Magazine* – an online sewing magazine! It is full of PDF patterns, articles, and tutorials; the editor Jen does an amazing job. You can still buy back issues of One Thimble and get the pattern that way but it is now up for sale in my own pattern shop by itself!

river backpack sewing pattern

The sample I sewed up was beautifully photographed by Becca Duval, who blogs at Free Notion. Both fabrics are by Alison Cole from the What A Gem Collection and I used Fabric.com mesh. The pattern calls for cotton rope (polyester doesn’t knot as easily and I don’t like how it feels!) – I found mine at Hancock Fabric but one of my testers, Dana, brilliantly bought a clothesline and used it for a super cheap substitute.

Little Collector Backpack Beach

The pattern calls for strap adjusters, which makes this a bag that can easily go from toddler hood through elementary school. I can even wear it myself with the straps at their longest!

mesh bottom bag

The top panel makes a great spot for embroidery, applique, or other personalization. It’s lined, with all seams finished. I used PUL, a waterproof fabric, on the inside of mine so it would be great to let clothes dry off on the go!

Little collector's backpack

You can skip the mesh and make a traditional backpack as well, I love the bright colors of this summery version.

pirate backpack

Sometimes it’s hard to find patterns to use up woven fabrics for boys, but this one features larger prints really well.

mesh pocket

 The pocket is envelope style, so no zipper to mess with when you’re sewing or for kids to get frustrated with. The finished bag is about 12″ high – it can definitely hold lots of stick, rocks, flowers, books, or stuffed animals!
I have even more views of the Little Collector in this post, if you want more inspiration.
Little Collector's Backpack - use this PDF sewing pattern to sew a kid's backpack. It has adjustable straps, easy to open closures, and a mesh bottom so all the dirt and sand stays on the ground!
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  1. It’s an amazing pattern, Stephanie! Natalie has put it an order – it’s going to be perfect for all those little “guys” and things she likes to take to the sandbox with her, I hate bringing sand in the house! Congrats 😀

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