Buckthorn Backpack & Tote by Noodlehead Patterns

Buckthorn Backpack & Tote by Noodlehead Patterns

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Noodlehead patterns are modern, simple, and sophisticated.

Step-by-step instructions in booklet plus one sheet of full-size pattern pieces (base for backpack and tote). There are also rectangular pieces that are given as cutting measurements listed in instruction booklet (perfect for teaching students how to cut pieces to size using a cutting mat, gridded ruler and rotary cutter!).

All tucked into a poly bag with hang and vent hole. 6”W x 9”T.

Skill Level: Intermediate 

Approx. Finished Dimensions: 


Backpack Approx. Finished Dimensions: 13”/33 cm wide by 5 ½”/14 cm deep (measured at oval base), 14”/35.6 cm tall

Tote Approx. Finished Dimensions: 10 ½”/26.7 cm wide by 6 ½”/16.5 cm deep (measured at oval base), 11 ½”/29.2 cm tall


Materials needed:

Requirements based on 44”/1.1 m-wide fabric.

*****Tote requirements in brackets [ ]*****

  • ¾ yard/.7 m [2/3 yard/ .6 m] Exterior Fabric
  • 1 yard/.91 m [1 yard/.91 m] Lining Fabric
  • 1 ½ yards/1.3 m [1 1/3 yards/1.21 m] Fusible Woven Interfacing (Pellon SF101-20”/51 cm-wide)
  • ½ yard/.45 m [½ yard/.45 m] Fusible Fleece Interfacing or foam (Pellon 987-F - 44”/1.1 m -wide or byAnnie’s Soft & Stable 58”/1.5 m -wide)
  • (1) 16”/40.6 cm [14”/35.6 cm] handbag zipper for top closure (must be 1 ¼”/3.18 cm wide)
  • FOR BACKPACK: 4 yards/3.7 m of 1 ½”/3.8 cm wide cotton webbing FOR TOTE: [2 yards/1.9 m of 1”/2.5 cm wide cotton webbing] OR substitute ¾ yard/.7 m [¼ yard/ .25 m] accent fabric (quilting cotton weight) and additional 1 ½ yards/1.3 m [1/3 yards/.3 m] of fusible woven interfacing for making your own straps/handles (instructions included)
  • For Backpack only: (2) 1 ½”/3.8 cm-wide Triangle Rings (can substitute two 1 ½”/3.8 cm-wide d-rings), (2) 1 ½”/3.8 cm-wide Swivel Snaps, and (2) 1 ½”/3.8 cm-wide Strap Sliders.

Recommended Fabrics: Canvas or waxed canvas* (7-10 oz.) for exterior fabric, quilting cotton for lining**.

* if using waxed canvas (7-10 oz.) for exterior, OMIT fusible fleece/foam and do not interface the exterior fabric pieces. The heavier the waxed canvas, the more difficult it makes this particular project to sew.

**if using canvas (8-10 oz.) for lining, reduce fusible woven interfacing requirement to ½ yard/.45 m total for backpack (Strap Reinforcement Strip & Front Pocket pieces), OMIT for tote.


Additional supplies + tools: Polyester thread, water-soluble pen/tailor’s chalk, cutting mat, gridded ruler, rotary cutter, size 14 or 16 denim or Microtex needle, pinking shears

    This is a paper pattern that will be mailed via USPS upon purchase.