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.

Materials:

  • 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.

mini backpack pattern

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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Barb
Barb

I love this little purse. So much, in fact, that I made 10 of them for fami!y gifts! Everyone thought they were so very cute and the perfe t size!
Thanks so much!
(I think I got it iff Craftsy, way back when.)

Theresa M. Campbell
Theresa M. Campbell

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

Tanya
Tanya

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.

Michaela harper
Michaela harper

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???

Diane Connell
Diane Connell

I would contact them to get your classes back

Marsha Law
Marsha Law

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!

D Cowan
D Cowan

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?

D Cowan
D Cowan

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?

Nyssa Lanzafame
Nyssa Lanzafame
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

ooh a video would be lovely!

Fran Swisher
Fran Swisher

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

Sue Toye
Sue Toye

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

Rickie
Rickie

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. 🙁

nancyf18
nancyf18

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

Barbara Floyd
Barbara Floyd
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Very cute and useful. Thanks

Maureen Gallagher
Maureen Gallagher

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.

Mary Houston
Mary Houston

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

Charlene Cairn
Charlene Cairn

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

Lorvonsandra
Lorvonsandra

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

Wendy
Wendy

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.

Wendy
Wendy

Hello… Does the fabric need to be interfaced?

Flora
Flora

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

sandrine
sandrine

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

Jennifer
Jennifer

Amazing work!!!

Jennifer
Jennifer

Amazing work.

Maria Pinto
Maria Pinto

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

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Reply to  Maria Pinto

I love it Maria! Thanks for sharing your pic.

Erin
Erin

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!

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Reply to  Erin

I love it Erin. Nice work. Thanks for sharing.

JANET C
JANET C

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

Jag
Jag

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

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Reply to  Jag

Fantastic Jag! Love the contrasting colors. Thanks for sharing. Happy sewing, Mayra

Jag
Jag

Sew cute. Just had to make one

Sheril E Green
Sheril E Green

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

Ginny
Ginny

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

Shari
Shari

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?

Colette
Colette

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.

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Reply to  Colette

Hi Colette, any chance you can attach a photo in the comments? I’d love to see your work. Kind regards, Mayra

Mary Dreer
Mary Dreer

Can you use PUL?

Joy Wheeler
Joy Wheeler

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

Madeline
Madeline

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

Mary Dreer
Mary Dreer

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

Michelle
Michelle

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

Sheila
Sheila

thank you for sharing such beautiful patterns

Deborah
Deborah

This looks so make! Thank you!

Sally

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

Jenny
Jenny

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