NEW! Making Backpack with Mini size!

I am so excited to re-introduce you to the Making Backpack pattern! I’ve added a new (mini!) size & added a BONUS alternate zippered front pocket option, too!  

Mini size with Alternate Front Zip Pocket

Here’s a quick list of the pattern’s features:

  • two sizes to sew! Regular and Mini
  • front slip pocket (plus BONUS! alternate zippered front pocket)
  • interior zip pocket
  • adjustable shoulder straps
  • useful top handles
Mini size interior

Update Information

I’m sure you might be wondering, what if I already bought the original PDF pattern? Great news! Check your email* and a new download link has been sent! Just download the new updated file and save it to your computer/cloud storage! 

*automatic download link is sent (via our file host, SendOwl) to the email address you originally used to purchase your pattern, please check your spam/promotions folder. 

Mini size

If you purchased a paper copy from my shop (directly through my website, please contact us and we will verify your purchase and send you a complimentary PDF copy of the updated pattern. Thanks in advance for your patience while we get things sorted.  

The Making Backpack is a fun backpack that’s perfect in its simplicity, but also great for customizing. Choose your favorite canvas (prints or solids), waxed canvas, or dry oilskin and get to work creating your very own custom backpack. I’m excited to see what you make! Now with so many great options!

From left to right: Mini with front slip pocket, Regular with front slip pocket, Mini with Alternate Front Zip Pocket, Regular with Alternate Front Zip Pocket

I hope you’ll love this new Mini addition (& pocket)! I can’t wait to put my Mini Making Backpack to use this summer! 

Today through June 12th only (ends Sunday, June 12th at 10 pm CST) pick up your PDF for 20% off! No code needed!

Regular & Mini sizes

Construction Notes

The Making Backpack features bound interior seams for structure! It’s my favorite choice for this particular pattern.

This is different than my Sandhill Sling pattern where I feature a drop-in construction method. The beauty of either of these methods is that they’re interchangeable! Once you’ve tried each method, you may find one method works for you better than the other – and that’s perfectly okay! Sewing things yourself means you get to be in charge of your project!

If you’d like to check out the Sandhill Sling sew-along (click here for the YouTube playlist), you can use that method to construct the Making Backpack.


The Making Backpack was originally published as part of Making Magazine in 2018. And then as a stand alone pattern (Regular size) in October of 2018.

Supplies used:

I will be blogging about these samples individually, but here’s the basic rundown below.

Bronze Mini sample:

Read about the original yellow sample here.

Orange Mini sample:

Blue Regular sample:

Hope that covers it all! Thanks so much for being here, I appreciate all of you! Thanks for your constant inspiration.

15 thoughts on “NEW! Making Backpack with Mini size!

  1. Karen says:

    Hi, love the mini size maker backpack. Will there be a paper pattern available soon?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks so much Karen! Yes, I hope to have it by the end of the month.

  2. Donna Baker says:

    Anna this is awesome! I’ve had quite a dry spell with sewing, perhaps this will help inspire me to break out of it! Love the mini size so much.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thank you Donna!!!! Glad it inspires you! 🙂

  3. Fianna Forsythe says:

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  4. Beth Soltis says:

    LOVE the new pocket you came up with. Can’t wait to make a mini!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks so much Beth!

  5. Sarah says:

    The mini is super cute! I already have a paper copy of the pattern but I bought it from my LQS- should I buy the pdf now to get the mini?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Sarah! Send us an email at and we’ll help you out. 🙂

  6. Kristie says:

    I am so excited for this pattern! Thank you so much for making a mini. I cannot wait to make me and my girls some. You are the best.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks so much Kristie!

  7. Lee Ann Grimes says:

    Should I go ahead and buy my Making Backpack and then the pdf will be shared? Thanks so much.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Lee Ann, the new file (including the new mini size) is what you’ll receive if you purchase. Thank you!

  8. Agnes Moran says:

    I have made the full size for my daughter and the mini for myself and for the attendant at doggie day care that puts up with my crew. I modified the pattern to have both the slip pocket and the zipper pocket on the front, This is my go to bag for travel since I can put my iPad, head set and/or a project in it and still have plenty of leg room for those long flights.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      That sounds so great Agnes! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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