Sewing - Backpack

backpack side view  backpack bottom view
Backpack is short, so it can be worn under poncho. Bear canister, if required, carried upright in pack. Rolled up ground pad inside pack provides frame.

If you look closely at the rear of the pack, about 1/3 the way down from the top, you might be able to see a short line of black stitches. This is where the pack tore on some barbed wire while hiking in Britain. (Neckpurse also tore on barbed wire in Britain, as described here.) The fabric for the upper part of the pack is very strong, but not particularly abrasion-resistant or resistant to being cut by barbed wire. The bottom fabric is abrasion-resistant, but also weighs considerably more.

backpack straps  backpack top closure
Knots rather than hems in webbing to secure side-releases in place. This allows side-releases to be easily replaced in the field. Top closure is a simple overhand knot with quick-release. For better security when shipping pack, use multiple overhand knots without quick-release.

backpack upper strap attachment  backpack lower strap attachment
Upper attachments use the paired strap attachment method, as discussed on the sewing tips page. Diagonal lines of stitching are for the upper attachment reinforcement panel. Sewing looks a bit rough, but it gets the job done. Multiple lines of stitching through multiple layers of fabric. All stitches treated with fray-check to stop unraveling if a thread is cut.

Further discussion of backpack here.




backpack pattern

Sew body:

Sew shoulder pads:

Sew straps to body:

Finish up: