Nap Sack Backpack

This small backpack is just the right size to take a small picnic or hiking essentials along for that short outing. Store your Lake Time Picnic Quilt in the Nap Sack when not in use.

Materials Needed

Fabric A Backpack – 5/8 yard

One 12 1/2” x 33 3/4” piece

One 12 1/2” x 2 3/4” piece

Two 3 1/2” x 14” pieces

Fabric B Backpack Lining – 1/2 yard

One 12 1/2” x 40” piece

Two 3 1/2” x 14” pieces

Fabric C Backpack Accent Strip and Straps – 5/8 yard

One 4 1/2” x 12 1/2” piece

Two 6” x 32” strips

Two 6” squares

Two sets of D-rings

Batting – One 13” x 42” piece

Two 1 1/2” x 32” pieces

Two 1 1/2” x 6” pieces

Rickrack- 3/4 yard

Optional: Closure

Read all instructions before beginning and use 1/4”-wide seam allowances unless otherwise stated. Read Cutting Strips and Pieces prior to cutting fabric.

Note: This project uses finished sections so there are no unfinished inside seams or bindings. We recommend using a walking foot for assembly.

Making the Backpack

  1. Sew 12 1/2” x 4 1/2” Fabric C piece between 12 1/2” x 33 3/4” Fabric A piece and 12 1/2” x 2 3/4” Fabric A piece as shown. Press.


  2. Top stitch rick rack close to Fabric C piece.
  3. Place 3 1/2” circle on one corner (side D) of 12 1/2” x 40” Backpack top piece as shown. Trace circles outside curve and cut to make a rounded corner. Repeat for adjoining corner.


  4. Layer and center Backpack top and Backpack lining right sides together on batting, wrong side of backing on batting. Using a 1/4”-wide seam, stitch around all edges, leaving a 4” opening on one side for turning. Trim batting close to stitching and backing even with edges. Clip corners, turn, and press. Hand-stitch opening closed. Hand or machine quilt as desired.
  5. For side gusset pieces, layer and center 3 1/2” x 14” Fabric A and B pieces right sides together on batting, wrong side of backing on batting. Using a 1/4”-wide seam, stitch around all edges, leaving one 3 1/2” end open for turning. Trim batting close to stitching and backing even with gusset edges. Clip corners, turn, and press. Hand-stitch opening closed. Hand or machine quilt as desired.

Making the Straps

  1. Fold 6” x 32” Fabric C piece in half lengthwise and press. On one 6” end, press 1/4” to wrong side. Unfold and fold lengthwise raw edges to center pressed line. Fold again on center fold and press. Open strap and insert 1 1/2” x 32” batting piece inside fold. Trim batting as necessary. Top-stitch close to edges around strap. Make two.
  2. Repeat step 1 using one 6” Fabric C square to make one 1 1/2” x 5 1/2” strap. Insert D-rings onto strap and stitch across strap, finished edges even, holding D-rings in place. Make two.

Assembling the Backpack

Use 1/2”-wide seam allowances for assembly and walking foot.

  1. With right sides together and finished gusset even with Backpack “A” edge, stitch gusset piece to Backpack side “B” as shown, stopping 1/4' from end as shown. Repeat for Backpack side “C”. See diagram 2.
  2. Pivot short side of gusset to edge of Backpack and stitch, starting and stopping 1/4” from edges as shown. Repeat for opposite side.


  3. On right side of Backpack, pin straps with D-rings close to gusset end as shown. Pivot gusset piece and starting 1/4” from corner, sew to end of gusset as shown. Repeat for opposite side. Turn right side out.


Attaching Straps

  1. Press 1 1/2” of raw edge on long strap to wrong side. On right side, pin end of strap near gusset side seam and even with front gusset as shown. Stitch in place, reinforcing strap with “X” stitching. Thread end of strap through D-ring and adjust to fit. Repeat for opposite side.


  2. Add front closure if desired.