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The Cornish Backpack – PDF Sewing Pattern

THIS LISTING IS FOR A DIGITAL PATTERN in English which will be emailed to you immediately after purchase.

What’s included?

  • Digital PDF file with 27 pages of photo instructions showing how to sew your bag
  • All rectangular pattern pieces – use the handy cutting chart or pattern pieces to print at home
  • full video tutorial available on my YouTube channel
  • Instant download after purchase
  • All measurements are imperial (inches)

Finished size: 17″ tall x 13″ wide x 3″ deep.

Skill level: Ambitious beginner/intermediate

License: PDF files for your personal use only. You can make bags using this pattern on a home-based production scale.

Selling bags: You can sell bags made from this design on a home-based production scale.

This is NOT a finished bag. This is a digital sewing pattern to download and print at home to help you create your own bag. This digital file is for your personal use only and is not to be shared or reproduced. See full terms and conditions.


(4 customer reviews)

This pattern does not include SVG files for use on cutting machines.

This is a PDF bag pattern in English available for instant download. See the “DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS” page for details on how to download your pattern after purchase.

The Cornish Backpack is a unique backpack design from Country Cow Designs. What makes this backpack different from others? The straps come through the top of the bag, making it more difficult for people to take things out of your bag whilst you’re wearing it. It also allows you to carry it on your arm like a tote when you need to.

Other features include a magnetic snap and optional zipper closure panel that folds flat within the bag. It has two front pockets that are sized to carry a standard drinks bottle or your flip flops. It’s sized to fit a standard/small laptop, such as a Microsoft Surface, with room to spare.

Full video tutorial

Materials required:

  • 17″ No.5 zipper tape & 1 zipper pull (optional)
  • 13″ No.3 zip
  • 1 x Magnetic snap
  • 2 x 1″ Rectangle rings
  • 2 x 1″ Strap sliders
  • 2 x 1″ Oblong grommets
  • 7 x 6mm Rivets
  • 1 1/2yd Exterior fabrics (44″ width)
  • 2/3yd Lining fabric (44″ width)
  • 1 1/3yd Medium woven interfacing – SF101/Wovenfuse/G700 (35″ width)
  • 1/3yd Medium non-woven interfacing – Pellon Craftfuse (35″ width)
  • 3″ x 9″ Sew-in foam – Bosal/Annie’s S&S/Style-Vil (for the base)
  • 1/3yd Fusible fleece – Pellon 987F/Vilene H640 (for the main body of the bag)
  • 1/3yd Decovil light or similar weight stabiliser (optional additional support for grommets and top piece)

As this is an electronic product, I cannot process refunds or returns as they cannot be returned once delivered. This pattern, once purchased, is not to be shared or reproduced in any way.

Got a question? Check the FAQs page, or email me at

Photos of the tester bags are tagged with the maker name. You can find each maker here:
When you purchase access to Digital Products you are purchasing a non-transferable, non-exclusive right to access the information for your personal use only. You may not publish or share the digital products or your login details with anyone else.  The copyright for this pattern belongs to Country Cow Designs Ltd. It is therefore illegal to reproduce or share the pattern with others, or claim it as your own design. This includes using the pattern to teach classes or for any other commercial use. If you wish to use one of our patterns to teach a class, you must contact us for consent first and each student/attendee must purchase their own personal copy of the pattern.


To make this bag you’ll need to use various tools/equipment. You should only use tools that are well maintained and that you are competent at using. I recommend reading and following the safety instructions provided by the manufacturer of each tool. This pattern does not include safety precautions for the use of tools, so you are responsible for the safe use of any tools you use. If in doubt, seek guidance from an experienced professional of the tools you are using or contact the manufacturer directly. You are responsible for ensuring that you have a safe and suitable working environment. The instructions in this pattern are suggestions only and you are responsible for ensuring that you can carry out the suggestions safely without causing injury or harm to yourself or others. You are also responsible for ensuring that your sewing machine and other equipment are capable of carrying out the suggestions. I cannot be held accountable for damage caused because the tools used are unsuitable.

4 reviews for The Cornish Backpack – PDF Sewing Pattern

  1. Kate Corbisiero

    I love this pattern. Countrycow beats anyone hands down on her video instructions. This was my first bag I made with her pattern and instruction (I’ve made about 40 since then – all her designs!) As a complete beginner I could still make a fabulous professional bag that I was so proud of. I gave it to my artist niece who has battered and abused it and it is still holding strong. This is an unique design, and so versatile. I confess I’ve tried a few other pattern makers and tutorials, but nothing comes close to the guidance you get here.

  2. Angela Rafferty Verified Owner

    I bought this as I had a small piece of hand printed fabric that I knew would look good as a back pack. I teamed it with mora faux leather. It’s a fabulous pattern which has some great detail that makes the bag look really classy. Love the small triangles for the Drings.! It doesn’t use vast amounts of fabric hence I could use my off cut of hand printed cotton. Highly recommend this pattern it’s a great size for a day trip.

  3. Fran Weaver Verified Owner

    Another winner! I like the way the linings in Jo’s designs always fit beautifully no baggy linings. This was an easy make probably due to the amazing way she writes her instructions. Every detail is included and her videos are brilliant too!

  4. Leanne F

    A great backpack, so fun to make and the tutorial is as always made to perfection. Love all her work

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