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How are backpacks/rucksacks made?

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1. Posted by DannyCShaw (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hi

Im currently sutudying for my A-Level Product Design course and have to do a product study for my coursework. I choose to study rucksacks (specifically skateboarding rucksacks). I was wondering if anybody has or knows of where I can get information on how rucksacks are made?

For example, how are the straps attached to the main body of the bag? or how are zips fitted into the bags? Also im wanting to try and find out how long it may take for one rucksack to be made and how the raw materials are transformed into the final product.

If anyone can give me some help on this it would be much appreciated!

Thanks

2. Posted by flynn (Inactive 140 posts) 9y

Hi DannyCShaw,

Actually it's quite simple to do but complicated to explain ;)

The straps for example are inserted between two layers of fabric which will later become the upper edge of the pack and then it's all sewn together.

Generally nearly all parts listed on the sewing pattern will be stiched together on the inside (left side) and then turned inside out...does that make sense ?

Manufacturing time depends on how complicated the design is.

For more info / pictures you could try to get hold of an industrial movie, mayby from a backpack manufacturer, or from a job center, in Germany the 'Arbeitsamt' would provide that kind of info.

Hope that helps

Flynn

3. Posted by DannyCShaw (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Quoting flynn

Hi DannyCShaw,

Actually it's quite simple to do but complicated to explain ;)

The straps for example are inserted between two layers of fabric which will later become the upper edge of the pack and then it's all sewn together.

Generally nearly all parts listed on the sewing pattern will be stiched together on the inside (left side) and then turned inside out...does that make sense ?

Manufacturing time depends on how complicated the design is.

For more info / pictures you could try to get hold of an industrial movie, mayby from a backpack manufacturer, or from a job center, in Germany the 'Arbeitsamt' would provide that kind of info.

Hope that helps

Flynn

Hi Flynn, thanks for the reply

Im not sure about all of that making sense, the part where "all parts listed on the sewing pattern will be sticked together on the inside (left side) and then turned inside out".

Ill try and get hold of some maufacturers of backpacks. Though ive already tried all the skateboarding companies I can think of, I spose walking backpack companies such as lowe may have more information.

Thanks for your help, and if anyone has anymore information it would be a great help

Thanks

4. Posted by flynn (Inactive 140 posts) 9y

Hi DannyCShaw!

See? I thought that was difficult to explain

Imagine a pillow case; if you turn the inside out, you see the stiching. Of course it's not sewn on the inside, but first sewn and then 'turned around'...hmpf, explaining doesn't get any better

You could always just 'unsew' a backpack and get a better idea that way ;)

Good luck, Flynn

5. Posted by DannyCShaw (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hi Flynn

I understand what youre getting to now. The main body of the rucksack is made like this, but then extra parts such as the straps or smaller pockets on the exterior of the back are sewn on later.

Thanks

6. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

Hi Danny,

no,no,you have to sew all this extra pockets on the front or side parts before you stich the parts together.
with parts I mean Back,Front, 2 side parts,bottem and top,straps.

1step: you sew the pockets to the front and side parts

2.step: sew the side parts to the front and back

3.step: turn the inside out to sew the bottom in,dont forgett the straps.

4.step: make a tunnel on the top part for a strap or cord that you can close it or
use grommets .

5.step: sew at the back part an extra flap to cover the top of the backpack.
dont forget the the straps at the top part.

Hope that you understand my "instructions"

Marlis

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 15, 2007, at 7:16 AM by marlis ]

7. Posted by DannyCShaw (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hi Marlis

Thanks for your help there. I recieved an e-mail from Alpine Lowe yesterday explaining how their backpacks are constructed along with some pictures/diagrams to help explain it, so along with your instructions I understand it quite well now.

Thanks to everyone for their help