Learning how to make a school bag is not as hard as you might think. With these simple steps, how to make a school bag has never been easier. Not only will the finished product be something that your child can be proud of, but it also gives them an opportunity for creativity and free expression.
In this post, we are going to cover how easy it is to create one of the most important items in any student’s back-to-school kit: their very own backpack or bookbag!
What Materials Are Used to Make School Bags?
The materials that are used to create a school bag include a large piece of fabric, such as denim; two long pieces of fabric for the straps; four narrow strips for holding the sides and bottom together (these can be one inch wide or wider); three medium width ribbon loops on each side to hold pens, pencils, erasers, and small books; a narrow ribbon for attaching the pen loops to the side of the bag.
How to Make School Bags – Step-by-Step Guide
Step One: Cut Your Fabric Correctly
Start with cutting your fabric down into four pieces that measure about two feet by three feet (or as wide as you want it). You should fold these in half and then in half again to make a square.
Step Two: Sew the Pieces Along with the Center
With your two pieces of fabric folded in on themselves, go ahead and sew from one end all the way across (about six inches) until you reach another corner. Do not cut off any excess at this point.
Step Three: Sew the Pieces Together
Again, with your two pieces of fabric folded in on themselves, go ahead and sew them together again at a ninety-degree angle. The main aim is to try and decorate the bag to come out strong and beautiful.
Step Four: Cut Off the Excess Fabric
After you have sewn the sides together, cut off any excess fabric. Fold it in half and then sew a few stitches to keep it from unraveling.
How to Make a School Bag – Step Five: Sew Straps Onto Front of Bag
With your four pieces of fabric folded in on themselves, go ahead and fold the top and bottom pieces in half. This will create two loops that can be sewn to the front of your bag by sewing across both layers at once, then cutting off any excess fabric on either side.
Step Six: Sew Straps Onto the Back of the Bag
Along with creating a strap for the back (in the same manner as the front), use your two pieces of fabric to create loops for holding pens, pencils, erasers, and small books. You will sew these on in an “x” shape with one loop coming from each side (not both sides).
Step Seven: Sew Straps Together Along with the Center
In this step on how to make a school bag, you want to take two pieces of fabric folded in on themselves, go ahead and sew them together again at a ninety-degree angle, and then create a loop that will go around the center of your bag. This will secure all straps and loops together for added security.
Step Eight: Sew Straps Together Along the Center Again
Once you have sewn the side loops, it’s time to start sewing the straps together. You will create a double strap by doing this, with two loops for holding pens and pencils on one side, and an “x” loop on the other side.
Step Nine: Fold Fabric in Half
Fold your fabric down into four pieces that measure about two feet by three feet (or as wide as you want it) and then in half again.
Step Ten: Sew Straps Together Along with the Center Again
Now, this is the step where you will get to add the ribbon for attaching the pen loops to the side of the bag. Sew a few stitches at each end and then cut off any excess fabric on either side. Your backpack is almost finished.
Step Eleven: Sew Straps Together Along with the Center Again
Once you have sewn your strips together, go ahead and sew them together again at a ninety-degree angle. This will create the bottom of your bag and will help to keep it in shape. Also, make sure that the end of your straps is facing outward.
Step Twelve: Fold Fabric One More Time
Fold your fabric one more time (so that it looks how a book would) and then sew the straps together again at a ninety-degree angle. This should result in two loops with double layers for added strength on each side of the bag.
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