Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour {Day 1}

This week I’m hosting a Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour! I’ve asked a few new friends to make and share their rucksacks throughout the week.

Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour | Radiant Home Studio

I knew these ladies were talented, but I’ve been blown away by the bags they have made. I hope you will visit their blogs to browse their beautiful pictures and stick around to be inspired by their other projects…

Today, Courtney is kicking off the tour with her classic ticking stripe rucksack at Sweeter Than Cupcakes. While Courtney stays busy at home with her little girls, she also shares her sewing, crafting, baking, and party planning fun on her blog. She makes lovely dresses for her girls, sews modern clothes for herself, and takes beautiful  photos of them all. She has a page full of crafty tutorials and a page of yummy looking recipes that you won’t want to miss!

Retro Rucksack Inspiration | Sweeter Than Cupcakes | Radiant Home Studio

And I’m second on the inspiration tour today, sharing a sporty version of the Retro Rucksack. It’s made with nylon canvas, which is water resistant and sturdy, similar to backpack fabric. I’ve been planning this version in my head for months, knowing that the bag would have a completely different look with sporty fabric and closures.

Sporty Retro Rucksack Inspiration | Radiant Home Studio

It worked as well as I envisioned, and I hope you can see how versatile this pattern is with a different type of fabric and buckles!

Sporty Retro Rucksack Inspiration | Radiant Home Studio

Instead of using a contrasting fabric for the bottom of the bag, I used the same fabric and I added flat piping to the seam to highlight the chevron shape. I also used the yellow fabric to make stripes along the nylon webbing to add more color and interest.

Sporty Retro Rucksack Inspiration | Radiant Home Studio

I used black mesh for the side pockets to add another sporty detail. One way to further modify the bag would be to cut the mesh pocket piece a bit wider and use fold over elastic to bind the top. With the elastic and extra fabric, the pockets could accommodate a water bottle.

Side Mesh Pocket Retro Rucksack | Radiant Home Studio

I used a bright ripstop nylon for the lining, which makes the entire bag water resistant and durable. The nylon is difficult to sew around the zipper. It slips and slides and frays! I did use some interfacing to keep the fraying down, but despite my best efforts I still had some fraying around the end where the interfacing wasn’t fully bonded. I just made a stylish little patch to cover the problem.

ZipperTop and Red Lining | Retro Rucksack | Radiant Home Studio

I made the interior patch pocket mostly gray with a yellow stripe on one side. You can see it peeking out just a little. I also used a sport zipper, which has two pulls and allows the zipper to open from either side.

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Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour:

Monday, July 14th
Radiant Home Studio || Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Tuesday, July 15th
Quarter Incher || Dandelion Drift

Wednesday, July 16th
Glitter + Wit || EmmylouBeeDoo

Thursday, July 17th
Casa Crafty || Made By Sara

Friday, July 18th
SewVery || Raspberry Sunshine

Saturday, July 19th
Mia’s Creations || Behind the Hedgerow


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13 thoughts on “Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour {Day 1}

  1. Maria says:

    Looks great Sara and I love the one by Courtney. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone elses.

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thank you Maria! Yes, Courteny’s bag is lovely!

  2. Sarah says:

    Oh, awesome!!! This tour is amazing already – congrats, Sara!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thank you Sarah! I SO appreciate those of you that said yes!

  3. Cindy says:

    My goodness, what awesome rucksacks!! I can’t wait to see everyone else’s! Cindy

  4. Tasha says:

    Holy moly, great kickoff to the tour! Both bags so far are fantastic and yet completely different.

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thanks Tasha! I love seeing how people have such different visions for what a pattern can become.

  5. Veronica says:

    Both your bag and Courtney’s look great! The sporty version is perfect for boys and girls with gear or for a day hike. I think you should have used orange and blue fabric though! War Eagle!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Definitely would have bought orange and blue if it had been available! Are you AU fans or alumni? My husband’s undergrad degree is from there…

  6. Kelley says:

    I love the sporty version!

  7. Lorena says:

    wow I love this sporty version I have two boys and they sure would like it too

    The Courtney version is lovely

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Yes, Courtney’s bag is lovely!

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