New Pattern! The Buckthorn Backpack + Tote

Buckthorn Backpack + Tote Pattern - Noodlehead

Happy Saturday everyone! I’m so happy to introduce you to my newest pattern, the Buckthorn Backpack + Tote Pattern. This pattern has been so many months in the making! So it’s such a relief to finally be able to share it with you.

The timing of this pattern was a tough decision, one I don’t take lightly. The pattern was about 95% ready the week before COIVID-19 really hit most of the United States, just before most things closed down. I’ve gone through a full range of emotions and what-ifs since then. As I’m sure all of you have as well! My hope is that by sharing this pattern it might bring a small glimmer of hope, a few hours of escape, or the joyful feeling of making something with your two hands (whether for yourself or someone you love).

I want you to know that I am so excited to see your backpacks and totes that you make using this pattern! I have quite a few blog posts that I’ll be sharing in the next few weeks about some fun options and customizations for this pattern, so I hope you might find that inspiring as well.


Click here to purchase, grab your copy today through Monday (April 6th 10pm CST) for 20% off!


I love a list of features, so here’s one for the Backpack:

  • front exterior pocket, large interior pocket
  • flat base
  • zip top closure to keep your important belonging secure
  • adjustable straps
  • perfect for carrying tablets, small laptops, and/or notebooks

…and a list of features for the Tote!

  • front exterior pocket, large interior pocket
  • flat base
  • zip top closure to keep your important belonging secure
  • grab and go handles
  • perfect for projects, anything from knitting to embroidery to paper piecing and more!


Click here for more information and to purchase

Today through Monday (April 6th 10pm CST) pick up your copy for 20% off!

Pattern: Buckthorn Backpack + Tote Pattern
Fabrics: featuring Big Sur Canvas (by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, I ordered mine from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics a month or so ago) and Waxed Canvas from Fabric Funhouse (I really love this waxed canvas!)

Also! You’ll find some new items in my shop, including many of the products you might need to complete either the backpack or the tote (or both!), including zippers, a hardware kit for the backpack, and cotton webbing for both the backpack and tote (*although instructions are included for making your own handles/strap from fabric, too! Lots of options with this pattern!). I also know that so many small business right now are struggling. So if you’re able, please also help support your local quilt shop. I know many are offering shipping and curbside service (where available).

Most importantly, I want everyone to know that I truly care about you. I hope you are well.

Take care,


14 thoughts on “New Pattern! The Buckthorn Backpack + Tote

  1. Tennille says:

    So excited about this pattern. I’ve literally been searching the web for the past several days looking for a tote-to-back pack pattern. You’ve saved the day-search ended!! Quick question…where do you buy your 1.5″ cotton webbing? I’ve searched high and low in Canada and I can’t find anything that is that width or cotton. Most are polyester and in very basic colors. I end up making most of my straps out of canvas which is fine but every once in a while I’d like a quick and easy option. I’ve looked on etsy but most of the places either don’t ship to Canada or the shipping is astronomical. Or from oversees somewhere. Thanks again for another fantastic pattern, the timing is perfect for more reasons than one.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Tennille! I have 1.5″ webbing in my shop. 🙂 I do ship to Canada, too.

      1. Tennille says:

        I realized that after I posted ? Thanks!

  2. Paige says:

    I really want to try a waxed canvas tote (I am a quilter). Would you recommend this tote or your Wool + Wax for a first try?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Paige, I’d definitely would recommend starting with the Wool + Wax Tote first. But I’ve seen even first time bag makers make what I would consider an intermediate level bag, too. So it kind of depends. Hopefully that helps you a little? 🙂

  3. Theresa says:

    Hello Anna!
    I love this pattern! I have a couple people looking for a larger tote and a smaller backpack. Do you think it would be simple to make the tote size with the backpack instructions, and vice versa to make the backpack size with the tote instructions? Thank you!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Theresa. 🙂 It would definitely be easy to make the Backpack into more like the tote. The backpack has a more elongated oval base than the tote though, just something to keep in mind for wearability. Hopefully that makes sense.

  4. this is soo freaking cute!! need to find some fabric 😉
    Stay safe!
    Beijinhos Jessy

  5. Liz smith says:

    Hi. Can you tell me if the orange back pack pictured was made with the pellon interfacing or the soft and stable by annie? Getting ready to make one and was just wondering. Thanks!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Liz, yes, it was made using fusible fleece.

  6. Elizabeth Ezetta says:

    Does the Robert Kaufman Waxer Canvas work for the backpack ok?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      I think it would be okay, but possibly a little slouchy. If you choose a canvas for the lining that might be the best route. Compared to other waxed canvases I’ve used, Waxer Canvas is one of the lighter weight ones. It would be perfect for the tote size.

  7. Vanessa Mealing says:

    Is it possible to make the backpack with standard square ring connectors rather than triangle ring and swivel clips?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Vanessa, yes, you could do that. I think it may not be as comfortable to wear perhaps?

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