This is a simple backpack for a cute little 5 year old.
The draw strings are a favorite, ribbon with dots.
I designed the pocket and sewed it onto the rectangle before doing side seams. It became a cute sideways smile so I added a bow.
Start with a rectangle fabric, a tight weave, pant weight works well. For this small bag I used a beginning size of 12" X 36". Zigzag stitch to overlock the edge, or serger.
Fold the cloth in half. Sew the sides, but leave 1/2" open at the bottom fold. This will be the place to insert the ribbon used as a draw string. Sew the seams down with a straight stitch at the top 1-2". Make a casing of 1-2" then open the seam to allow for ribbons to thread through, as a loop from each side. Part 2 tomorrow.
~ Mary Lou