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Rambler Rucksack Leather Craft PDF Pattern Download

Rambler Rucksack Leather Craft PDF Pattern Download

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This listing is for PDF pattern to make the backpack, not the actual backpack!

This is a rugged backpack inspired by military designs, good for the city or the forest, great weekender travel bag and is awesome for shopping. Right after I finished it, it has immediately become my favorite.

It has 4 pockets (3 on the front, one zippered on the back). The central pocket is designed for quick access, two side pockets have secure closures.

This is a relatively big project but it's totally worth it. In my perception, it's not a beginner project, I do recommend that you'd have some previous experience of leatherworking before making this backpack.

Size: 14” x 12” x 8”


I like to combine different kinds of leather but you can assemble all the main parts out of 3-4 oz medium temper chrome or veg, except the flap and the straps. I would also recommend a thick piece for the back assembly outer part. Here’s what I used:

For the body: I used pretty soft 3-4 oz veg crazy horse. I wouldn’t suggest using form leather for the body except the bottom, you can make the bottom pretty firm if you want.

The inlay strips - something contrasting, not too thick, I used 3-4 oz firm pull-up.

Pockets: I used 3-4 oz Buttero for both front panels and gussets (but slightly different color). As for the pocket gussets, you can as well use something medium or soft, but the front panels of the pockets will look better if they’re on the firmer side.

Pocket flaps - I used form 5-6 oz chrome there. Relatively thick, firm leather.

All the straps and the flap - 7-8 oz. These gotta be thick.

Back assembly: the inner part can be anything, I used 3-4 oz chrome, the outer part I made of 4-5 oz medium temper chrome tan - but it would be better to use 5-6 oz medium to firm.

Shoulder pads - around 5 oz, I would advise using slightly thinner leather for the top layer and thicker for the bottom layer. Leather for the bottom layer shouldn’t be slippery.


1 x 6 1/2” zipper for the back pocket
2 x 1” buckles for the main closure
3 x 3/4” buckles for the pockets
8 x 3/8“ grommets
9 x button studs
Rivets or chicago screws

Pattern is designed for hand stitching.
Comes with written instructions and assembling pictures.

The pattern has stitching holes marked for 5 SPI stitching irons (5 stitches per inch, or approximately 5.2 mm). 5 mm stitching irons made by metric system sometimes fit, sometimes they don’t (depending on manufacturer). If you have 5 mm irons and the spacing seems a tad too large for them you can print the pattern at 96.2% scale. I advise to print one page and try your irons to see how they fit before printing the entire pattern.

Formats: A4 and USLetter.

Video about how to print the patterns and solve common printing problems if they happen:

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