You may have noticed that I’ve been posting sneak peeks all over Instagram for the past few weeks of my latest bag design. Now it’s finally ready for the full reveal.
Introducing the Jet Pack!
The Jet Pack has a vertical format with plenty of room for papers, magazines, a camera, you name it. The finished measurements are a roomy 12” W x 14” H x 3” D. There’s a front pleated pocket with a twist lock closure, a zippered main compartment, a back slip pocket and a grab handle at the top. The double duty strap clips to the top for a shoulder bag or attaches to the back to be work as a backpack.
I’ve been planning to design a backpack for ages but I wanted to also be able to wear it as a shoulder bag or cross body. I was resisting having several straps make and to keep track of. I finally came up with a design that allows one strap to be used multiple ways.
To convert the shoulder bag to backpack, unclip the swivel hooks from the D-rings at the top. Thread the strap through the “belt loops” at the base of the grab handle and clip the swivel hooks onto a second set of D-rings on the lower back of the bag.
The skill level of this bag is what I call “eager intermediate”. While it’s not difficult to sew, there are a lot of pieces to keep track of. But like all of my patterns, there are detailed instructions and clear diagrams to help you every step of the way. In case you’re curious, the print fabric I used is organic cotton canvas from Cloud9 and the grey accent fabric is Essex linen from Robert Kaufman.
I named it the Jet Pack because the shape reminds me a bit of vintage flight bags that were given out by the airlines, like Pan Am and TWA. Jet + backpack = Jet Pack! (You should have seen my son’s face when he heard I was making a Jet Pack. Sadly for him, this one has no rocket boosters and does not enable you to fly!)
How do you like to carry a bag? Cross-body, shoulder or backpack style?