Camellia Making Backpack

I couldn’t resist this fabric combination when I spotted it on my cutting table! This is the regular size Making Backpack featuring Camellia by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society!

I’ve been using canvas prints designed by Melody for at least 10 years now! This Super Tote showcases her viewfinder print (back when she designed for Kokka Fabrics). I still love it (and kinda wish I had hoarded some, hahaha)!

When I spotted the canvas designs from the Camellia collection (this design is called Chamomile) I ordered it right away! The colors are beautiful and the canvas substrate is perfect as always. I paired it with this dry oilskin from Zipper Zoo. It’s one of those combinations that I wouldn’t have chosen, but after seeing it, I got to cutting and sewing right away!

I thought this was the perfect way to use a bold print on the Making Backpack. Of course you can make the whole backpack using a print (which is gorgeous!!!, I have one on my cutting table now), but this is a great option if you have a precious Fat Quarter or larger scrap laying around! Use it on that front pocket!!!

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Bronze Mini Making Backpack

I just love how this one turned out! I had so many piles of different fabric combinations, but this one found its way to the top! This beautiful bronze mini Making Backpack might be my fave.

bronze mini Making Backpack

Sewing up samples is always my favorite part of a new pattern! I love picking through my stash (and maybe ordering a few new ones) and pulling all the notions together. My cutting table is usually piled very high with different combinations and sometimes when they topple over I find a new combo that jumps out at me.

I’m so glad I went with my gut on this one. The bronze color is just amazing in person. I know everything was gray for so long, so it’s really refreshing to see more warm browns out there. I especially love how the tone on tone version looks. Don’t get me wrong, I love all sorts of pairings, but I’m definitely into this look.

Summer Sewing

What’s everyone up to this summer (or winter for our southern hemisphere friends)? I talked about doing a smallish sew-along for the Making Backpack, but I also considered doing a blog post or two (including a video) instead of doing an email based version.

I think I mentioned it before, but my friend Jess of Oklaroots has a full on video tutorial featuring the Regular size Making Backpack. Check that out if you’re itching to get going.

If you have any opinions on what you’d like to see from me, I’d love to hear.

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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.