When we're out and about soaking up the sunshine and sightseeing somewhere new, be it at a coastal resort or a cosmopolitan city, the last thing we want to do is to be laden down with a heavy shoulder bag.


So we'll be packing all our big-day-out essentials in this issue's City Backpack, a cute carry-all bag pattern that's the perfect size for our sunscreen, sunnies, camera and travel snacks. We've made ours in pretty floral canvas with webbing straps, a cork fabric base and D-ring closure for practicality and style. Now let's go exploring!

The City Backpack

This bag sewing pattern was available with issue 43 of Simply Sewing magazine. Look out for it soon in our Etsy store. You can also find some more fabulous bag patterns on our free sewing patterns page.

You will need

  • Fabric A: 30x112cm (12x44in), for the main front and back
  • Fabric B: 30x85cm (12x34in), for the base and details
  • Fabric C: 80x112cm (32x44in), for the lining and pocket
  • Iron-on wadding: 70x90cm (28x35in)
  • Iron-on interfacing: 20x30cm (8x12in)
  • Cotton webbing: 2.5cm (1in) width x 2.3m (21⁄2yds)
  • 2 rectangle rings: 2.5cm (1in)
  • 2 D-rings: 2.5cm (1in)
  • 2 rectangle bag sliders: 2.5cm (1in)
  • Zip: 18cm (7in)
  • 2 press fasteners or Kam snaps
  • Fray stopper
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing kit
City Backpack sewing pattern

Fabric suggestions

We used canvas for the main bag, cork fabric for the base and cotton for the lining.



  • Learn the basics of bag-making
  • Attach adjustable webbing straps
  • Add a contact panel and matching details
  • Make a secure fastening with a secure D-ring and webbing.

City backpack pattern


Charlie Moorby
Charlie MoorbyEditor, Simply Sewing magazine

Former Mollie Makes Deputy Editor and CrossStitcher Commissioning Editor, Charlie has been editing Simply Sewing for over 6 years. She is passionate about all things created with a needle and thread! With over ten year’s experience in craft publishing, she’s edited and curated over 10 bookazines, contributed to a series of Mollie Makes books published by Pavilion and has had her work featured in All About You, Beads Trends USA and The Guardian. Spreading positive vibes through slow stitching, craft and colour you can follow her latest makes on Instagram @theluckybluebird.

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