A day in the mountain backpack tote

A Day in the Mountain Backpack tote

We went to the mountain today, but I didn’t wear my new top because it doesn’t match my new backpack! Actually I prefer carrying a tote bag than a backpack, simply because I never found any backpack style that I like. But I thought I would need my hands free for our walking in the mountain trip, so I made this backpack tote yesterday.

The pattern is ‘A Day in The Park Backpack Tote’ byΒ Liesl + Co. It was offered as a package when I bought the ‘Nature Walk’ pullover and knit pants from Oliver + s for Sidra. The pattern is perfect because the bag can be carried in two ways. The design of the straps and two O rings is very clever. The inside features a zippered pocket and three compartment pockets. The instruction is very clear and easy to follow. I really enjoyed making the bag, and it really came up faster than I thought it would be.

A Day in the Mountain Backpack tote A Day in the Mountain Backpack tote

A Day in the Mountain Backpack tote A Day in the Mountain Backpack tote

A Day in the Mountain Backpack tote A Day in the Mountain Backpack tote

The outer fabric is French linen in yellow with big white flowers, bought in Cottonfield – Kichijoji, and the lining is purple nylon fabric from Echino, both are so very pretty. My only regret is not using sturdy enough interfacing so my bag is slouchier than the design intended to be. Check out this Flickr group to see how this bag is supposed to look! But all my bags are slouchy anyway so I’m kinda used to it. However, I’m planning to make the bag again in sturdier material, maybe with oilcloth fabric likeΒ this beautiful bag by Karyn!

Pattern is ‘A Day in The Park Backpack Tote’ from Liesl + Co.

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  • Patricia Streeter

    Cute bag! It’s perfect for this upcoming season.

  • i love your tote backpack <3

  • Beautiful!!!! i love πŸ˜‰

  • I like the slouchiness of your bag. I think I prefer it that way.

  • The backpack turned out wonderfully.

    We’ve gotten several requests for this pattern in the last week or so. Liesl and Co. has taken the pattern out of print, but there are still several copies available at PurlSoho.com (along with hardware kits) if you are interested in purchasing it.

    Use this link to see details:


    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you for the information, Todd! πŸ™‚

  • Kae

    Love it!! I’ve been searching for a backpack pattern to make. But when I went on the website, I can’t find it! Help? Thanks!

    • verypurpleperson

      It might be out of print, I bought when it was offered with other pattern from Oliver +s. Maybe you can contact them to ask about it πŸ™‚

  • it turned out great. You chose some nice fabrics too. I love the yellow and purple combination. It is also nice that you can wear it two different ways. I know what you mean about loving the tote, but this one does look good as a backpack.

  • i love how yours turned out with that beautiful linen. and i would totally make mine more slouchy like yours next time! πŸ™‚

    • verypurpleperson

      I never thought about this bag before until I saw yours! Thank you for the inspiration, Karyn. I really enjoyed making the bag πŸ™‚

  • Emily

    I love your bag!!
    I just now went to go search on there website for the pattern and it is no longer available.. Huge BUMMER!! πŸ™

  • so cool! I need something like this. I actually love the slouchiness!

  • ooo… I gave a little gasp when I saw the shot of the pink lining! Just lovely πŸ™‚

  • Aha….u always bring the creativity πŸ™‚

  • Sophia

    I love it! So practical and pretty, much nicer than you would find in a shop.

    I’ve been secretly wanting a backpack for sone time, probably leather. Maybe this is incentive for me πŸ™‚

    • verypurpleperson

      Wow i think this bag in leather would be fabulous!

  • This bag is GENIUS! I’ve always wanted something like this when carrying around a purse or a tote is just too much hassle. I might have to make one… or two, or three… πŸ˜€

  • That is a gorgeous bag. Totally love the bright and cheery yellow.

  • i like the yellow fabric, and Love the pink one!

  • Meaghan

    I love the dramatic pink tucked away in the beautifully textured mustard mustard yellow! <3