What fabric should I use to sew a backpack?
Store-bought backpacks are typically made from heavy duty nylon or cotton canvas. If you can't find them in the colour or print you're after, other sturdy fabric options are vinyl, denim or faux leather.
If you're heading to your local fabric store, look for upholstery fabrics from the Home Decor section or bottom-weight woven fabrics from the Apparel section.
Quilting cotton can also be used but will result in a floppy backpack. To make it more structured, use a foam stabilizer such as By Annie's Soft and Stable or Pellon Shapeflex Foam.
If you're not using a waterproof fabric for your backpack, consider treating the fabric with Scotchgard Outdoor Water Shield to protect your bag.
If you're in the UK or Europe, check out Minerva Crafts for a great range of fabrics at a great price!
The best backpack sewing patterns
Sew your own with these awesome backpack sewing patterns: