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Tiflis Backpack Leather Craft PDF Pattern Download

Tiflis Backpack Leather Craft PDF Pattern Download

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Meet the new Karlova backpack design - Tiflis backpack. It features 3 convenient zippered pockets and quite enough of space to carry it around all the time.

In the beginning it was planned as a bigger version of Puppy (it's another one of my backpack, a really tiny one, pattern here: But then I did quite a few additions and modifications to it so I decided to give it a different name (planned name was Doggo).

Tiflis is an old name of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, where I moved last year, and this is my first project after a year of not being able to work. This way I am giving credit to this gorgeous country that gave me shelter and let me get back to what I love doing.

მიყვარს თბილისი!

Size approximately 12" x 16" x 8" - quite a large backpack for everyday use.


For the front (and sides) panel, bottom and pockets (including back pocket) - 3-4 oz, medium-soft or medium hand. Back pocket can be made with just anything, even 2-2.5 oz, doesn’t matter.
The top stripes on the pockets can be made with same thickness, I used 5 oz but this is not necessary, better something relatively soft.
For the back panel, and the buckle holders I used 5-5.5 oz veg tan. For the back panel you can even use something more thick and firm.
For the straps, flap and the zipper frames - 8-9 oz. Keepers and the shackle holder were made with the same leather just skived it down to 5 oz.
Something for the drawstring - I used the round leather lace for sewing machines.
Used same 8-9 oz leather for the drawstring stopper but 5 oz is enough for that.


5 x 1” buckle
1 x 1” button studs
1 x shackle (mine is about half an inch - adjust the shackle strap width to your size)
2 x 14.5” zippers
1 x 9.7” zipper (take a 10” and cut shorter)


Scissors, knife (paper knife or rotary cutter would also work).
Stitching irons: my pattern is made for 5.2mm stitching irons (5 stitches per inch). If you have 5 mm irons print the pattern at 96.7%)
Needles - according to your thread size, a pair of harness needles. My thread is 0.6 mm.
1” bag punch (oblong). Hole punches. Rivet setter.

Pattern is designed for hand stitching.

Formats: A4 and USLetter. If you need A1 I can make it by request (and add it later).

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.

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

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