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Handmade Backpack

Make a great back-to-school gift: Sew a handmade tote bag using fun fabrics and a bit of rope. Stitch a bunch of these small backpacks to complement a special outfit or to celebrate school colors. Fabrics are from The Big E Group for Michael Miller Fabrics.

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Assemble Bag Lining


1. Place lining unit wrong side up on flat surface. Measure 1-1/4" from a short edge on both long edges of lining unit; make 1/4" clips (Diagram 12). From 1/4" clips to short edge, fold edges to wrong side; press and topstitch.

2. Fold short edge of lining unit 1/4" to wrong side; press and topstitch (Diagram 13).

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with remaining short edge of lining unit.

4. Aligning short edges and beginning at clips, sew together side edges of lining unit; press to make bag lining. Do not turn right side out.

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