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Easy Backpack

This pretty satchel is a cinch to put together, and it takes only about an hour. Choose fabrics in colors that coordinate with favorite outfits. We used washable cotton for the exterior and lined the pack with water-resistant nylon for durability.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Preshrunk cotton (one 14 1/2-by-32-inch rectangle)

  • Nylon (one 14 1/2-by-32-inch rectangle)

  • Pins

  • Cord (two 4-inch lengths, plus two 50-inch lengths)


  1. Stack rectangles of cotton and nylon, right sides facing each other; pin and sew shorter ends together, leaving a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Turn inside out to hide seams. Stitch across ends again, leaving a 3/4-inch seam allowance to create a channel on each end. Fold end to end (nylon side out); pin left and right sides.

  2. For bottom loops, fold both 4-inch lengths of cord in half; place inside the bottom corners, ends aligned with fabric edges. Stitch sides, catching ends of loops (do not sew channels closed).

  3. Starting on the left side, thread one end of one 50-inch length of cord per channel so both ends meet on the right side. Repeat with other length, starting on the right side and ending with ends on the left side.

  4. Turn bag right side out. For straps, thread an end of each drawstring through the loop below it; tie ends.

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