I had the best time testing Sara’s (Sew Sweetness) newest pattern, The Promise Ring Backpack. This is a cute and very structured backpack that would be great for kids and moms alike!
The Promise Ring pattern does not take long to sew up. It is well-written with tons of images to guide you along the way. Besides having your normal sewing gear on hand, I would suggest having your walking foot out too. It will be helpful when you sew the exterior flap and adjustable straps.
This pattern utilizes bias tape closure on the outside of the bag to secure the gussets to the main body. A great way to add an extra *pop* to the backpack would be to use bias tape that matches a color in the pattern. I did the same for the flap accent piece as well and love how it turned out!
Sara provides great detailed directions for adding the adjustable straps with swivel clips. I am 5’10” so I made my straps a bit longer to fit me better! A small handle is added to the top of the backpack for someone wishing to hold it in their hand or on the arm (although I may make the handle longer for arm holding.)
I used a magnetic snap for my flap closure, but if you check Sara’s pattern release post, one of her testers used a tuck latch which looked awesome! A twist lock or velcro closure would be very easy to add here as well. The interior has enough room for a small pocket or zippered pocket. You can’t see it in the picture, but I added a small zippered pocket on the other side.
Make sure you head over to Sara’s blog to see her pattern release info and to see other versions of The Promise Ring Backpack. They’re fantastic!