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Here is my "how to" for the Stash and Dash Backpack. Let me know if you need help.

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Supplies:

1/2 yard fabric for outside

1/2 yard fabric for lining

1/3 yard for outside pocket

1/2 yard for straps

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Sorry, forgot to put fabric for straps in the picture. You'll see it later on.

With outside and lining fabric right sides together and folded in half. Trim to 20 inches from salvage end. You will be cutting through 4 layers. Turn and line up the side you just cut with bottom of your mat. Shore up one side so you have a nice clean edge. Trim the other side so fabric measures 17 1/2 inches wide. You should have 2 pieces of fabric 40 inches by 17 1/2 inches.

Pocket:

Cut pocket fabric 19 inches long by 10 ½ inches wide. With
right sides together, fold long side to make a pocket 9 ½ inches by 10 ½
inches. Sew around all sides leaving a small opening on one side for turning.
Turn and iron. Top stitch close to the top edge of the pocket.

Fold outside fabric in half. Measure up 4 inches and center
pocket on outside fabric. Pin and sew. Pin only to the top of the folded
outside fabric.

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Main Backpack:

After you sew the pocket on, match up the lining and the
outside fabric. With right sides together, pin and sew leaving a small opening
for turning.
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After stitching, turn so right sides are now facing out.
Carefully opening up seams along sides, iron. 

Fold down each short side 1 1/2 inches to the lining side and
pin. Sew close to the inside edge making a tube along each short side.

 
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Fold bag in half with outside fabric on the inside. Starting past the openings of the casing you
just made, sew down each long side. Turn to the outside and iron.

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Your main backpack is finished. Now on to the straps.


Straps:

Cut 4 strips 2 ½ inches wide and from salvage to
salvage or WOF (width of fabric). Sew all the strips together to make one long
strip. Fold wrong sides together and iron.
To measure, lay strip on one corner of bag ,
up to top and over to the other side and back again. Cut two pieces this size.
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Back to ironing.
Open it up and fold from each raw edge, inside
to the fold. Iron and repeat on the other side.

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Then fold in half again and iron. Top stitch close to the open edge.

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Pin one end onto the bottom corner of your
bag.  With a safety pin attached to the
other end, thread through the casing. Start at one opening, go around to the
other side and thread through the other casing coming out on the same side as
you started. Pin both ends together at the bottom. Repeat with the other strap on the other side.


DSCF0029 I messed up here. Sew the ends of the straps down on the opposite side from the pocket. Fold raw ends under and sew onto corner of bag. Repeat for both straps. 

That's it, you are done. Pull the straps and it cinches up the top. 

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I will have kits and finished products on Etsy soon. So check it out.


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I looked and looked for a good tutorial on this and couldn't find one so I'm attempting this myself. Let me know what you think. First shore up the edge of the fabric so you have a nice clean edge.

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I put the folded edge of the fabric at the top and the salvages at the bottom. Using your ruler, and rotary cutter, cut through only the top folded edge. Start at the bottom but not at the edge. Cut up from the bottom a little.

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Move your ruler over every inch or however wide you are cutting your strips and cut up from the bottom and through the folded edge at the top all the way across your fabric. 

Ok, so I didn't do a great job of perfect measuring, but you get the point.


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This is what your fabric should look like when you are done. Now open up your fabric so each end looks like this. You will then want to cut through every other joint.

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Now do it again at the other end. But pull the first strip down so you can see where to cut. It will be the second cut over.

The first strip on the right is from the other side. I moved over two slits and cut… then skipped a slit and cut the last one.

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You should now have one continuous strip of fabric. The joints will look like this.

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I cut a little closer to the edge. Don't cut too close or you might rip the fabric and then have to join it together either by sewing or tying. 

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So ends my first tutorial! Hope it helps someone out there in internet land!

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