Retro Rucksack Pattern


A vintage style rucksack with fresh, modern detail…

Pack up this stylish and versatile bag with everything you need for the day. Arms full of toddlers or groceries? Carry the rucksack on your back!

Practical side pockets fit phones or snacks. Includes an interior zipper pocket and a patch pocket that may function as a space for tablets or other electronics. The main part of bag is large enough to hold a slim laptop.

Gender-neutral styling makes this a great choice for mens and boys bags too.

Finished Dimensions are approx. 13″ x 13″ x 3″

(you should be comfortable installing a zipper and working with thick layers of fabric)

(If you live in the EU or internationally, please buy this pattern through IndieSew or Etsy. Their system handles international tax compliance for me! Thanks so much for your interest in my patterns and your patience in this matter!)





The Retro Rucksack pattern includes step-by-step illustrations and detailed instructions, along with supplemental photos. I’ve also included lots of extra tips for working with difficult fabrics (including the faux leather) to achieve a professional looking finish. The bottom of the bag is reinforced by the extra layer of contrasting fabric, and you can be sure that your things are secure with buckles and a recessed zipper closure. If you prefer, you can skip the zipper and make a roll-top bag.

This sewing pattern is available for digital download only.

Retro Rucksack pattern files include:

  • 10 pages of professionally illustrated instructions
  • Clear step-by-step directions & supplemental photos
  • Expert tips for a professional looking finish
  • Print-at-home pattern pieces
  • Metric conversion chart
  • Bonus tips: working with faux leather & improvising with bag hardware

Recommended Fabrics and Supplies:
Exterior – 1 yd.
Lining – 1 yd.
Accent Fabric – 2/3 yd.
Strap – 6 ft. (1 1/2″ wide) 2 ft. (1″ wide)
Zippers – 1 zipper 16″, 1 zipper  7 ”
Hardware – 1 1/2 ” d-rings (4), 1 1/2″ strap slides (2), 1″ buckle closures (2)
Firm Interfacing – 1/2 – 1 yd. depending on width (optional)

Exterior: Heavy-weight fabrics such as canvas, duck cloth, felted wool, denim, tweed, home decór etc.

Interior: Medium to heavy-weight fabrics such as canvas,
duck cloth, home décor, quilting cotton

Accent: waxed canvas, faux leather, canvas, denim

Finished Size: 13″ x 13″ x 3″


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