The Riva Mini Backpack (new PDF pattern)

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Hello Bagstock Friends!

I hope you're all doing well. I just got back from a lovely vacation with my family. We went to Italy and had an amazing time. It's so beautiful there. If you follow my other Instagram account, @capturesbynamrata, you can see some of the pictures I took. 

Today is June 1st and I have a brand-new pattern, it's one my testers have enjoyed making. If you're going to be travelling, this is a great bag for you. If you like convertible bags, this is a bag for you. If you like bags with plenty of pockets, this bag is for you. I guess what we're saying is, this bag is for everyone! 

Meet the Riva (rEE-va) Mini Backpack. While it's called "mini" it's definitely packed with many great features and space.

There’s a Special release price until - June 4th, 2023-11.59 PM EST

The Riva Mini Backpack


So, let's discuss the features! 

As mentioned above, it is convertible, so you can wear it as a backpack, a crossbody bag or a shoulder bag. There is also a handle to carry it with. No matter what your day has in store, you'll be ready with this bag. 

Finished Measurements - 10” W x 12” H x 4” D

Pattern skill level - Intermediate

PC - Michelle Graham


There is an exterior front slip pocket, which has a zipper pocket inside, and then it's all kept closed with a flap that has a twist lock (or magnetic snap). This pocket is great for your phone, sunglasses or anything you want kept safe inside but also easily accessible. The front center would be a great place for a feature. You could add some embroidery or even fussy cut your favourite fabrics.

Inside the bag is a slip pocket, which you can divide how you want, and a zipper pocket. The bag is roomy enough for all your belongings, or anything you'll need for a day out. 

The bag is finished with binding, but don't let that deter you from making this bag because there are detailed instructions for these steps, with photos. I know you can do this! 

This bag does require a bit of hardware. However, you can omit some pieces, such as only adding the crossbody strap, and that'll save you on some hardware. 

This bag truly is a super customizable bag. You could make many and they will all look like a different bag. I know you're going to love this bag as much as myself and my testers do!

PC - Nicole Hug

If you're a visual learner, there is a video tutorial by Michelle Graham of mgrahamsews. She walks you through all the steps of making the bag.

Video Tutorial -  HERE

Oh, and if you need some inspiration, please check out my tester’s photos HERE. They all did a fantastic job and made beautiful Rivas!

Don’t forget to share your bags with me on social media; I love seeing all your beautiful creations. Use these hashtags so I can easily find your bags #bagstockdesigns #bagstocksewingpatterns #rivaminibackpack

You can follow me on INSTAGRAM - HERE

Happy Sewing :)

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