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Linds Handmade – Guardian Anti-theft Backpack Paper Pattern


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This is an intermediate pattern; in that it uses advanced bag making techniques that require the sewer to have a general familiarity with bag making. It requires accurate cutting/sewing and installing a curved zipper which can be challenging for new sewers.

Specs: approximately 11” wide by 5” deep and 11” tall. Straps are cut 40” long and fully adjustable with a convenient grab handle along the top. The pattern also includes instructions for an optional, removable shoulder strap as well. It features 2 exterior side slip pockets and inside has a slip pocket and 2 pen pockets. This pattern uses binding only on the bottom base on the interior of the bag. The “anti-theft” nature of this design is that the main entry to the interior of the bag is through a zipper that lies against your back.

Materials & Supplies:
• ½ yard main fabric
• ½ yard accent fabric
• ½ yard waterproof canvas (WPC)
• 1 yard of 17” Decovil light (more if not using WPC for lining)
• 1 yard of 45” woven interfacing (*fabric dependent)
• 20” of #5 zipper tape and 1 zipper pull
• (2-4) 1” D rings (4 if doing optional shoulder strap)
• (2) 1½” strap adjusters (with rounded corners for comfort)
• (2) 1½” swivel clasps
• (2) 1” swivel clasps (*optional for shoulder strap)
• small rivets (*optional)
• 3¼ yards of 1½” webbing for straps/grab handle
• 5/32” Leather hole punch or rotary punch (*optional)
• Rotary cutter (or SHARP X-Acto knife/box cutter)
• Quilting ruler
• Wonder clips
• Removable marking pen/chalk
• (1) roll of ¼” Double-sided tape, Fabri-Tac™, or leather glue
• 1 yard of ½” double fold bias tape (*only if not using WPC)
• 8×11 piece of cork/vinyl/leather (*optional for grab handle and shoulder strap)


Specs: Finished wallet is approximately 4” wide by 7” tall, has 6 recessed card slots, (with a closure tab to keep them secure), a long slip pocket, and a lined zippered main compartment.

To get started, you will need the following supplies:
• 2 sq ft of leather or ⅓ yd cork or vinyl
• 8”w x 7”h piece liner fabric
• ⅛ yd of lightweight fabric for card slots (2 ½”w x 40”h)
• (1) set of 12.5 mm spring snaps with setting tool (or Kam snaps)
• (1) 5” purse zipper (if using zipper by the yard, cut it 6”)
• ¼” Double sided tape
• Lighter or FrayCheck ™
• Spray adhesive
• Leather glue or Beacon Fabri-Tac™
• Rotary cutter (or SHARP X-Acto knife/box cutter)
• Quilting ruler
• Wonder clips
• Removable marking pen
• Sharp scissors
• Rotary leather punch or 5/32” hole punch
• Leather edge paint & applicator (*optional)
• 800 grit sandpaper (*optional)
• Craft glue stick (*optional)