Atlas Rucksack

(9 customer reviews)


Comfort and performance go hand in hand with this expandable and fully adjustable rucksack. Perfect for a hike through the woods or a walk to the farmers market, this unisex design can be made in any style you prefer. It features adjustable backpack straps and front closure straps, as well as a large front zippered pocket and top carrying/hanging handle.




14″ wide
5″ deep
Adjustable Height


  • 1/2 yard heavyweight duck cloth or home decor exterior fabric
  • 1 yard 44” wide quilting weight lining fabric
  • 1 yard woven or vinyl contrasting fabric
  • 5 yards 20” wide fusible woven interfacing (3 if using vinyl) (Pellon Shapeflex SF101)
  • 12” all-purpose zipper (front pocket)
  • Eight (8) 1” D-rings, O-rings, or rectangle rings
  • Fabric glue (Beacon Fabritac) (optional)
  • Double-sided basting tape (optional)
  • Coordinating thread (all-purpose or heavy duty)
You should already be somewhat familiar with sewing patterns and common sewing terms.

You MAY sell bags you make with this pattern.

9 reviews for Atlas Rucksack

  1. Mary Bedard (verified owner)

    New to bag making and my kid loves it. Comes together fast after reading directions. Will definitely make another.

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  2. Quilenthia (verified owner)

    Love this BAG!! The instructions were easy to read and follow. If you are a beginner at bag making I highly recommend Atlas as your first project!! I plan to make many more!!

  3. Irena (verified owner)

    Easy sew, great size, amazing design.

  4. Chris Reynolds

    This is the first bag I’ve ever made. My wife loves your patterns and when I mentioned the atlas looked like something I could try making she got me the pattern.

    I only developed an interest in sewing after meeting my wife so I’m still pretty new to sewing but I’ve already gotten more Swoon patterns. They are really clear, straight forward, and easy to understand, even for a guy like me.

    Mine I made from natural colored duck on the top and some embossed vinyl for the bottom.

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  5. Amanda M (verified owner)

    Love this pattern. Quick easy sew especially if you use webbing. I wouldn’t use it for long backpacking trip. It doesn’t have the frame to support the weight. But I don’t think it was meant to be used that way. This is great for carrying your stuff ( and everyone else’s stuff) to a soccer game or any other event. I highly recommend this pattern!

  6. Amanda Phillips

    The instructions made this bag so easy to create. It took some time and patience but it turned out amazing!! I used quilting cotton for the top so it is a little thinner but mu daughter loves it! Amazing pattern

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  7. Oriel Lee Huxman

    Easy instructions. Great bag for travel.

  8. Lisa Snyder (verified owner)

    Easy sew and great size. There is only one significant problem with this pattern…the mechanics of carrying a rucksack. The back straps should go in an downward direction in order to be carried comfortably. When I questioned this design flaw, I got no response from the pattern maker. Some one else stated…well, it’s a fashion statement, not an actual back pack. Well, I purchased the pattern to be used as a rucksack.

  9. Aileen Hindley (verified owner)

    An easy make, just trust the easy to follow instructions. I made one for my husband then our 25 year old daughter wanted one! I shortened the straps slightly. Since the two bags were made from different fabric they both look very different from each other, I can see many possibilities … Next I’m going to try one at 85% for my friend’s son. I used waxed cotton and a stiff upholstery fabric on one bag and African waxed cotton with linen on the other. I used a medium weight woven interfacing on the thinner fabrics. I lined both bags with lightly quilted light weight cotton fabric. My vintage Singer 66 hand cranked machine easily managed both bags. Thank you for this wonderful pattern, I enjoyed making the bags so much I just know I will be making more!

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