The Retro Rucksack is here!

I’m so excited to release my new pattern today–the Retro Rucksack!

I’ve been testing and tweaking this bag for many weeks. My pattern testers were amazingly patient and helpful. I am very grateful for all of their questions and feedback. Nearly every question and suggestion they had made it into the final pattern, which will now benefit all of you!

Retro Rucksack Pattern | Radiant Home Studio

As a mom, I find the convertible straps on this bag to be extremely practical. I can carry two kids and my bag across a parking lot without worrying about dropping my bag or the kids! It’s also big enough to fit a few essentials, like diapers and wipes, without looking like a diaper bag.

Retro Rucksack Front | Radiant Home Studio

I carried my (faux) leather version on a trip to Europe and loved the different carrying options while navigating airports and train stations. With a recessed zipper and buckle closures, I knew my things were safe when I carried it on my back, even though it was out of my sight.


For students and business women, I designed the bag to accommodate a 3-ring binder or folders filled with letter-sized paper. You can also fit your tablet in the reinforced interior patch pocket!

Rucksack Testers | Radiant Home Studio

Retro Car Rucksack by Amanda | Purple Rucksack by Jacqueline

I have labeled this pattern as “intermediate”, mostly due to the zippers and the number of layers that must be sewn through. However, I have provided thorough instructions and extra tips for beginners. A couple of my testers that did not consider themselves intermediate sewists yet, still produced lovely and functional bags! Confidence and persistence go a long way, so I encourage you to try it!

Rucksack Testers | Radiant Home Studio

Upcycled Overalls Rucksack by Anne

Retro Rucksack | Radiant Home Studio

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And when you finish your bag, please add it to my flickr group so others can be inspired by your creativity!

6 thoughts on “The Retro Rucksack is here!

  1. eva says:

    Great pattern- All the different versions showcase it is a very versatile bag for office, college or casual looks. Congratulations!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations on finishing your pattern. I will be purchasing it and making one of my own. Very excited. Again Congrats!!


    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thanks Stephanie! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  3. Dayna says:

    Do you have the finished measurements? I am wondering if it would fit a 13 inch macbook air?

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Hi Dayna! Yes, the finished measurements are 13 x 13 x 3. The macbook will not fit inside the pocket (it’s better for an ipad), but it will fit horizontally inside the bag. I just put my regular macbook inside my bag to test it for you and it still closed nicely.

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