How to Sew a DIY Backpack Part Four – The Pockets

This is going to be a long DIY Backpack post, with lots of pictures. If you are a person on dial-up, I’m sorry. Also I said in the last post that I was going to do pockets and straps, but that will be too long so just pockets.

Let’s jump right in.

Pockets are also pretty subjective. Some people don’t like external pockets. If you are one of those people just skip to the strap post. I have 8 external pockets on this pack, mainly so that I can store stuff on the outside where I can get at it fast, and stuff on the inside stays there until I make camp.

Just so you know what to expect, here is the finished item.

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The pockets are laid out like this:

  • 2 water bottle pockets on the straps, with builtin secondary pockets for snacks and my phone.
  • A main back pocket with drawstring and mesh bottom.
  • An Under Pocket on the bottom of the pack.
  • One tall side pocket, and one short one.

This is what I wanted, you do you. I like pockets, you may not.

Making the Pockets.

Water Bottle pockets can be dependent on size and I’m going to use this pocket in a general manner for others, as the technique really isn’t that different, and in the ones that are different I’ll highlight the differences.

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After you cut out the parts of your strap (I am assuming you cut out the parts after making your templates) take the top layer of fabric and set it aside.

Next cut out a couple of 4 inch strips from the 1/2″ grosgrain.

On the outer fabric, take your chalk pencil and draw what you are going to do. On the bottom of the strap is the drawing for the pull strap attachment and the other two lines are the borders for the pocket.

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