The Cornish Backpack – PDF Sewing Pattern

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

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

Skill level: Ambitious beginner/intermediate


(1 customer review)

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.

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.

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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.

1 review for The Cornish Backpack – PDF Sewing Pattern

  1. 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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