This is the Atlas rucksack by Swoon Patterns, made in a brown waxed canvas with forest green straps and a patterned cotton lining. I got most of the supplies from ebay apart from the cotton for the lining, which I bought from the haberdashery section of Jarrolds in Norwich. As soon as I’d made it, I realised that the colours I had chosen made it look like a backpack that a hobbit would have worn in the Lord of the Rings, so I named it my “there and back again” bag as I made it for travelling.
I made a bunch of adjustments to the pattern including adding batting to the back to make it more comfortable, adding two fabric inner pockets and adding a hidden pocket in the back. The hidden pocket in the back was an idea that I borrowed from Lladybird when she made a travel backpack, it’s perfect for putting your passport or cash in to protect it when traveling. I made it using the same instructions as the pocket on the front but made it slightly smaller.
I originally used a zip from my stash for the front pocket, but after using it for a bit I decided that the zip pull was too fiddly especially when I needed to get my purse out quickly. So I bought a new zip with a chunkier zip pull but in order to replace that I had to take the whole bag apart! When I was replacing the zip I also moved the straps closer together, as I have quite narrow shoulders and the straps kept falling off them.
With these adjustments, I was satisfied with the bag, I’ve been using it for a few months and took it on a recent trip to Nuremberg. I love the waxed canvas and I really enjoyed making the bag. However, I just don’t get along with the roll top, I find it much more annoying to get things out of than a bag with a zip. I was planning on taking this bag with me when I go on a big trip to Japan next year, but I think I will take another bag instead.