Mini Backpack Coin Purse Pattern – FREE and Easy!

mini backpack coin purse patternI've had this Mini Backpack Coin Purse pattern on the back burner, so to speak, for a while and almost completely forgot about it.  It was meant to be the companion of The Small Backpack sew along and part of Daisy's wardrobe if you remember those two past projects from couple months ago.  (Links to these projects can be found at the end of this tutorial.)

All I did is scale The Small Backpack pattern and simplify it for you to make this cute miniature-sized coin purse.  This project makes a fantastic gift, perfect for Christmas stockings, a birthday or as a companion to a larger bag.  Make a first one to get the process down and then you can easily make a few more to have on hand.

mini backpack coin purse pattern

You don't need any fancy tools to make this mini backpack, but I have to say you need a little patience because the pieces are small and sometimes fiddly.  Just persevere and you'll have a wonderful little gift in only about an hour.  What is more, aside from the keyring, you probably have the required materials in your stash already!

mini backpack coin purse pattern

The dimensions of the finished bag are 3.5″ X 3″ X 2″.  Use this tool to change to cm if you need to.


  • 5″ nylon or metal zipper
  • 6″ X 18″ rectangle of vinyl or leather up to 1.5mm (no thicker)
  • thread to match
  • Lobster Claw with Keyring

mini backpack coin purse pattern

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How to print the mini backpack pattern

As with all of our patterns, you will need Adobe Reader to print this pattern which is free to download from Adobe.  Print on Landscape Mode and Actual Size.

The pattern is only two pages so there is no need for taping pages together.

There are five pieces to this backpack. Two gussets, two sides, and one piece for the front and back.

Step One:  Sew the gusset to the zipper

Place the zipper right side up.  Align the gussets to the zipper tape print side down.  Sew at 1/4′.  Turn and topstitch.  mini backpack coin purse patternRepeat on the other side.

mini backpack patternTopstitch along the zipper.  An optional step here is to attach a loop (see step below) at the end of the zipper to be able to attach a decoration, a strap or a keyring.

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Step Two: Add the sides

Place the straight part of the side piece to the zipper.    mini backpack patternTake the small rectangle 1″ X 2″.  Fold the rectangle every 1/4″ and sew in the middle.  Sew the strip one inch apart in the middle of the gusset. 

Step Three: Add the back/front

Place the front/back piece vertically and the gusset horizontally.  Open the zipper, this is important to be able to turn the backpack the right side out. mini backpack patternmini backpack patternPin the gusset to the right and then the left until all the sides are closed and sew at 3/8″.mini backpack patternTurn the mini backpack and you are done.  Well almost…. even this little guy needs some decorations.This tiny backpack is the simple version of the Small Backpack.  All you need now is to hook the lobster claw and hang it on a bag.

Join me next week when I will be showing you how to make a leather tassel for this tiny backpack. Until next time!

Here are the other projects referenced in this tutorial:

small backpack patternfabric easter bunny

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60 Responses to Mini Backpack Coin Purse Pattern – FREE and Easy!

  1. Theresa M. Campbell says:

    This looks like an adorable gift bag. I think I will add some fabric or elastic on the inside and make it a little bigger to hold essential oil bottles. Thank you

  2. Tanya says:

    Just made one of these using ~1.5 mm thick nylon canvas. As per the project introduction, it can be a little fiddly working with such small pieces. The cuteness of the backpack makes it worthwhile. I’m using mine to store USB sticks & plan to make more to give as gifts.

  3. Michaela harper says:

    Ive tried to pay and Ive tried for free, either way won’t get me the mini back pack pattern. I used to have a craftsy account and that has disappeared along with all the classes I bought, so I am rather loathe to join Bluprint. Is it cos Im in the UK???

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Machaela, it is possible that you have a window blocker in your browser and therefore won’t be able to open a new window for the payment even if you do it for free. Empting the cookies and cache tends to do the trick. I understand your feelings about Bluprint all too well.

    • Diane Connell says:

      I would contact them to get your classes back

    • Marsha Law says:

      Hi Michaela.
      Your class should still be there. All the login information on Bluprint is the same as what you used on Craftsy. As idiotic as the second owners have been, they haven’t deleted any accounts. And you don’t have to buy a Bluprint subscription at all.

      Having said all that, the company has new owners once again, and they will bring the Craftsy brand back. So most things will return to the way they were before. This is scheduled to happen on Sept. 1 2020, just 40 days from now.

      The only thing they won’t bring back is your pattern library.
      Very exciting news!

  4. D Cowan says:

    Why are leather or vinyl suggested as the fabric for the backpack? is there any particular reason that a woven fabric would not be suitable?

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      you can use canvas if you want. The fabric you use most has enough body to keep the shape but not be so thick that you need an industrial machine.

  5. D Cowan says:

    I noticed there are two loops on the mini backpack. One at the top and the other where the gusset and the sides are joined but I don’t see that loop in the pattern instructions. Am I missing something?

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      yes, this I was going to talk bout on the video. Just cut a strip of fabric 4″ long by 1.5″ wide fold in and sew on the sides making a strip of 4″ by 3/8″ wide, then cut in two one longer for the loop at the top and one for the side where the keyring will go.

  6. Fran Swisher says:

    I have downloaded the pattern but wonder if there is also a download page for the directions.

  7. Sue Toye says:

    The backpack file won’t download it just keeps spinning and nothing happens.

  8. Rickie says:

    Tried to download the pattern several times but unable to do so. I sent an email to Payhip. Really Cute pattern. Wish the download worked. 🙁

  9. nancyf18 says:

    This is soo cute.
    I will make one for myself and family..
    Thank you..

  10. Maureen Gallagher says:

    It would be good if the instructions for assembly of this pattern were included in the PDF file! However, thank you for the lovely little pattern.

  11. Mary Houston says:

    I think the backpack coin purse is great but when trying to download it just keeps spinning. Can you assist me with this? Thanks

  12. Charlene Cairn says:

    I’ve made several of them for some of my grand- and great-grandchildren and others, it’s very cute and useful.

  13. Lorvonsandra says:

    I personally had a hard time sewing the bottom of the bag. I use 808 craft fuse cotton fabric and cut extra pieces for lining and zig zag raw edges

  14. Wendy says:

    Hi there, I have just made this little cutie for a friend’s birthday from 100% cotton. If I made another one from fabric, I would certainly use iron-on interfacing to give it some stability. I also found it was much easier to sew after pinning it in quarters first, pinning half way round then hand-basting that half, pin the rest and finish hand-basting – machine sew then overlock.
    It was a lot easier than work with a lot of rigid pins in such a small area.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Wendy, this pattern is meant for thicker fabrics that do not require interfacings such as canvas and vinyl. But, I think it is great that you have come up with your own learning lessons and technique to make it easier and I am sure others will benefit from your comments. Thank you 🙂

  15. Wendy says:

    Hello… Does the fabric need to be interfaced?

  16. Flora says:

    What are the finished dimensions? Are 3/8 inch seam allowances used thru out the project?

  17. sandrine says:

    hi im definetly lost on the steps of placing horizontally and vertically.. like i dont follow because the picture isnt exactly the same . Can anyone help me

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi, Sandrine, at this point you should have only two pieces one is front and back and the other contains the zipper. Place the front/back piece print facing up and pin the zipper (gusset) part print side down. Guided by the notches pin around closing the backpack, before sewing leave the zipper open.

  18. Jennifer says:

    Amazing work!!!

  19. Jennifer says:

    Amazing work.

  20. Maria Pinto says:

    thank you so much for sharing these amazing patterns! I admit I had some issues with the seam allowances from gusset-zipper block: I found that 1/4″ too short, because when adding the sides, these were smaller than the gusset-zipper block. But at the end, look at this cuteness!tks again

  21. Erin says:

    Was pulling apart a handbag for another project, and what was left was perfect for this! It’s not great, I’m still a beginner and the main body went a bit squint, but I’m quite proud, and plan on using it to store my extra presser feet. Thanks for the pattern, it’s amazing!

  22. JANET C says:

    I CANNOT download the pattern The “add to cart” is not working.

  23. Jag says:

    A picture of my first attempt. I used canvas and denim. Serger the final seam as the canvas was fraying

  24. Jag says:

    Sew cute. Just had to make one

  25. Sheril E Green says:

    Love it! Thanks for the cool patterns you give us.

  26. Ginny says:

    This is absolutely adorable! What a perfect gift to make!

  27. Shari says:

    Was curious about the second small rectangle….where does it go? And when? I understand the one that goes on the gusset (attach 1″ apart etc….) but what about the other little piece?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI, Shari see in the comments JAG’S pictures and you will see where the rectangles end up. (as loops to hang things)

  28. Colette says:

    This took me longer than an hour but so worth it – made it out of cork fabric and embroidered initials on it! Really super cute – a bit finicky but very nice results. Thank you for the pattern.

  29. Mary Dreer says:

    Can you use PUL?

  30. Joy Wheeler says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this little gem.
    It looks so fiddly, but as you have said persevere and it will be worthwhile, I will
    I am so looking forward to having a go at this

  31. Madeline says:

    Love this! Gonna turn mine into a key chain. Thank you!

  32. Mary Dreer says:

    Has anyone tried making these with PUL scraps? I think I want to try.

  33. Michelle says:

    I am so in love with this! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern & tutorial! ♥

  34. Sheila says:

    thank you for sharing such beautiful patterns

  35. Deborah says:

    This looks so make! Thank you!

  36. Sally says:

    Thank you for sharing. This would make a great gift card holder, too!

  37. Jenny says:

    You two always have such cute things. Thank you for sharing. GOD BLESS

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