Sew News Belford Backpack FREE Sew-Along | 8.1.21 – 10.31.21

With a unique, grommeted drawstring closure, the Belford Backpack blends a stylish design, great basic backpack features, and the perfect fall sewing inspiration.

About this Sew-Along

Sporty yet chic, the Belford Backpack features a large upper flap perfect for customizing, an easy magnet closure and handy side pockets for a water bottle, keys or anything else you need to keep handy. Sew it in canvas or nylon for a sporty look, novelty print cottons for a kid-friendly bag or velveteen for an upscale finish.

Belford Backpack collage

Follow along as Sadie Fox Metter walks you through every step of the process.

First you’ll cut all the needed pattern pieces, stitch the straps and flap, and then create and attach the elasticated pockets with either a gathered or pleated edge. Next, you’ll assemble the bag body and lining, learn to box the corners, install the magnet closures, complete the bag upper edge, and attach the flap. Finally, sew on the straps, install the grommets and cord, and your bag is all set for adventuring!

PLUS! All eligible emails that register between 8/1/2021 and 10/31/2021 will be entered in a giveaway to win a brand new BRILLIANCE™ 75Q sewing machine by HUSQVARNA VIKING (a $2,999 value) and a pattern pack from Sew Vintagely (a $28 value), or a year-long subscription to Sew Daily TV! See our sweepstakes rules for more information on eligibility.

Sew Vintagely also has a great deal for you on the fabric to make this project. Use the code BELFORD15 at Sew VIntagely to save 15% on the Belford Backpack Pack!

This Sew-Along at a Glance:

  • Learn to sew the Belford Backpack from start to finish
  • Digital sewing pattern included
  • Get tips for working with specialty fabrics like velveteen, installing a bag lining and setting grommets
  • Coupon code for the Belford Backpack fabric pack: save 15% with code BELFORD15

Register today for the free Sew News Belford Backpack Sew-Along:

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All eligible emails that register for the sew-along between 8/1/2021 and 10/31/2021 will be entered in a giveaway to win a brand new BRILLIANCE™ 75Q sewing machine by HUSQVARNA VIKING (a $2,999 value) and a pattern pack from Sew Vintagely (a $28 value), or a subscription to Sew Daily TV! See our sweepstakes rules for more information on eligibility.

What’s Included in this Sew Along:

  • The Belford Backpack digital sewing pattern
  • A chance to win the grand prize (HUSQVARNA VIKING BRILLIANCE™ 75Q sewing machine and a pattern bundle from Sew Vintagely) or a year-long subscription to Sew Daily TV
  • Access to video content and resources to sew the backpack pattern
  • The ability to interact with the instructor and fellow sewists during the duration of the sew-along and share your projects

Materials Required:

  • 3/4 yard each main fabric and lining fabric and 1/2 yard contrasting fabric
  • Eight 3⁄8”-diameter grommets
  • 1 yard of 1⁄4”-diameter cord
  • Two 5” lengths of 3⁄4”-wide elastic
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing (optional)
  • 3⁄4”-diameter magnetic snap
  • 5” length of 1”-wide grosgrain ribbon
  • Removable fabric marker
  • Cord stopper
  • Seam sealant (optional)

Who Should Register?

  • Beginner and intermediate bag sewists who are interested in making a simple backpack
  • Sewists interested in increasing their bag sewing skills with grommet installation, linings and closures
  • Sewists looking to use bottomweight and specialty fabrics from their stash
  • The Expert:

    Sadie Fox Metter is a third-generation Coloradan and has been crafting and sewing for as long as she can remember. She spent a decade living in New York City where she was inspired by high-end fashion designers, the Garment District, street fashion, indie boutiques and flea markets. She now lives in Lakewood, Colorado, and is married to a graphic designer and has two beautiful and creative teenagers. See more of her creative work at Sadiefox.com (www.sadiefox.com).

    Thank You to Our Sponsors

    This sew-along is brought to you by our wonderful sponsors, whose products were used in the creation of the Belford Backpack sew-along.

    Bring your dreams to life with the BRILLIANCE™ 75Q sewing machine by HUSQVARNA VIKING (a $2,999 value, a computerized sewing machine with over 460 stitches, a full-color touch screen, 4 alphabet fonts, a variety of accessories and more. Sewists everywhere recognize the value of true quality and the beauty of reaching for bigger and better things. It’s up to you – your future remains to be sewn!

    Husqvarna Viking

    Make a Belford Backpack with Sew Vintagely’s Belford Backpack Pack, featuring their luxurious 100% cotton velveteen. Save 15% on the fabric pack when you use code BELFORD15. Pack includes 1.25 yards of primary color, 1/2 yard of contrasting color + 2 spools of Gutermann polyester Sew-All thread (109 yard spools). Giveaway winner will get a printed pattern bundle: Free Range Slacks by Sew House 7 and Holly Hobo Bag by Sallie Tomato.

    Free Range Slacks by Sew House 7 and Holly Hobo Bag by Sallie Tomato