Tutorial: Vada Backpack Strap Hack
Blogger: Richelle Sangcap
Sometimes it's a good idea to bring several bags when traveling, but carrying numerous bags is often quite cumbersome, especially if young children are in tow.
The Vada backpack is an all-purpose bag that's ideal for travel, and we're here today to share how to add a luggage strap that allows your Vada backpack to easily slide over a suitcase handle.
Vada Backpack Strap Hack
To get started, complete the following steps before sewing the Vada bag.
Cut two rectangular pieces using the following measurements
Small: 12" x 5 1/2" (30.5 x 14 cm)
Medium: 14" x 6" (35.5 x 15.2 cm)
Large: 16" x 6 1/2" (40.6 x 16.5 cm)
Optional: Fuse interfacing or stabilizer on the rectangular pieces.
Place the two rectangle pieces right sides together. Sew the top and bottom long edges using a straight stitch and a 1/2" (1.3 cm) seam allowance.
Turn the sewn rectangular pieces right side out. This creates the luggage sleeve. Press the sleeve. Place the sleeve on top of the bag’s back main panel 3 to 4" (7.5-10 cm) from the bottom edge of the back main panel.
Pin/clip the sleeve and trim the edges to make it easier for the next step.
If making the bag with a back pocket, make sure that the back pocket is clipped or pinned away from the edge.
Mark a parallel line 1 1/2" (3.8 cm) from the raw edge using a washable marker or chalk. Sew a straight stitch on the marked line and continue sewing a rectangle using a 1/4" (0.6 cm) seam allowance on the remaining three edges. Repeat on the other side.
Sew tiny zig-zags on the circled area shown to reinforce the stress points.
The bag can now be completed using the Vada tutorial.
Note: The Vada backpack featured in this blog is the large size.