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Slabtown - Pattern

Fully-illustrated, easy-to-follow instructions in paper or PDF!

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ADVANCED MAKE TIME: 8–12 hours

The Slabtown is a heavy-duty rolltop backpack, built for adventurous makers. It features a spacious main compartment with quick-access zipper, front zipper pocket, adjustable leather backpack straps, and side pockets for water bottles.

NOTE: This pattern now includes a 17”-long backpack adjustment strap template (as opposed to the original 12.5") to fit a wider range of body sizes! The updated instructions will teach you how to cut the strap down if necessary for a custom fit. Previous customers can access the updated PDF pattern by logging into their Klum House account and clicking “My Downloads.” Feel free to email support@klumhouse.com with any questions. 

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Paper Pattern

  • Physical Instructions Booklet
  • Large-format paper Pattern

PDF Pattern

  • PDF Instructions Booklet
  • Tiled, Print-at-home PDF Pattern
  • Large-format PDF Pattern

PDF Purchasing Info: After purchasing a PDF pattern, you will receive an email with a link to download the digital file(s). You can also access all previously-purchased digital goods at any time by logging into your account in the upper right-hand corner of our site. NOTE: It may not be possible to download a PDF pattern directly to your tablet or mobile device without a download app. We suggest using Adobe Acrobat in combination with a file storage service like Dropbox to download files to mobiles devices.

Selling Bags: Are you interested in selling this bag in your own small, handmade business? Check out our Slabtown License to Sell!

Felt-padded Backpack Straps: Make your leather backpack straps extra comfy, with this expansion kit (sold separately).

LEARN WITH US

At Klum House, we pride ourselves in creating patterns that are thoughtful, holistic, and easy-to-follow. We want you to feel fully-supported at every step of your making journey. This is what you can expect to encounter:

Clear Instructions - We are teachers, first and foremost, and as such we know that clear language is so important. We are dedicated to crafting simple, easy-to-follow instructions, so you can forge ahead with confidence.

Helpful Tips + Cautions - Your instructions booklet will be peppered with helpful tips, reminders, and caution moments. We know all of the most common mistakes (because we’ve made them!) and point them out so you can avoid them.

Excellent Illustrations - Our patterns are filled with helpful, technically-precise illustrations. We makers are visual learners! With 3D renderings and transparent layers, we’ll help you conceptualize every stitch, flip, and fold.

Specialty Education - Bag making is different from other types of sewing. It involves working with heavy-duty fabrics, leather, hardware, and tools you may not have encountered before. But don’t worry, our patterns break it all down.

Multiple Making Paths - Whether you choose to make from a fully-prepped maker kit, a leather + hardware kit, or “from scratch,” our patterns are designed to guide you along your chosen path to guarantee a successful make!

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Slabtown Full Maker Kit - This is the most foolproof (and luxurious) way to make. Pre-cut fabric, ready-to-attach leather straps, and all of the hardware you need—all in the colors of your choice. All you have to do is make!

NOTE: Slabtown PDF Pattern is included with a Slabtown Full Maker Kit!

Slabtown Leather + Hardware Kit - Prefer to source your own fabric? This option is for you! It comes with all the leather and hardware bits, minus the fabric.

Make From Scratch - Alternatively, source and prep all of your supplies yourself! For a detailed list of everything you’ll need, download this TOOLS + SUPPLIES LIST.

A heavy-duty rolltop backpack, built for adventurous makers.

  • · Dimensions: 17 1/2" H (rolled down) / 24 1/2" H (extended) x 11" W x 5.5" D
  • · 24.3 liters max capacity
  • · Heavy-duty, water-resistant waxed canvas exterior
  • · Fully-lined with natural army duck canvas
  • · Spacious main compartment with quick-access zipper
  • · Front zipper pocket
  • · Side pocket for water bottles
  • · Snap closures
  • · Adjustable leather backpack straps
  • · Additional 6" of capacity with rolltop extended

Our teaching patterns are designed to help you build lifelong skills as you make.

You will learn how to :
  • · Trace the pattern pieces and cut fabric
  • · Cut and hole-punch leather straps
  • · Sew heavy-duty waxed canvas on a home sewing machine
  • · Create adjustable leather backpack straps
  • · Set industrial-strength tubular rivets
  • · Set Line 24 snaps
  • · Topstitch - Klum House style!
  • · Sew extra-bulky seams
  • · Construct boxed corners
  • · Sew a hidden zipper
  • · Attach and reinforce leather straps
  • · Install buckles

Sign up for the Slabtown Backpack online class and get the PDF pattern for free!

Learn to make your Slabtown with Ellie, the pattern's designer, from the comfort of your home sewing machine. The online class is great for visual learners and those who could use an extra boost of confidence.

LEARN MORE

PRODUCT DETAILS

A heavy-duty rolltop backpack, built for adventurous makers.

  • · Dimensions: 17 1/2" H (rolled down) / 24 1/2" H (extended) x 11" W x 5.5" D
  • · 24.3 liters max capacity
  • · Heavy-duty, water-resistant waxed canvas exterior
  • · Fully-lined with natural army duck canvas
  • · Spacious main compartment with quick-access zipper
  • · Front zipper pocket
  • · Side pocket for water bottles
  • · Snap closures
  • · Adjustable leather backpack straps
  • · Additional 6" of capacity with rolltop extended

LEARN WITH US

Our teaching patterns are designed to help you build lifelong skills as you make.

You will learn how to :
  • · Trace the pattern pieces and cut fabric
  • · Cut and hole-punch leather straps
  • · Sew heavy-duty waxed canvas on a home sewing machine
  • · Create adjustable leather backpack straps
  • · Set industrial-strength tubular rivets
  • · Set Line 24 snaps
  • · Topstitch - Klum House style!
  • · Sew extra-bulky seams
  • · Construct boxed corners
  • · Sew a hidden zipper
  • · Attach and reinforce leather straps
  • · Install buckles

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Sign up for the Slabtown Backpack online class and get the PDF pattern for free!

Learn to make your Slabtown with Ellie, the pattern's designer, from the comfort of your home sewing machine. The online class is great for visual learners and those who could use an extra boost of confidence.

LEARN MORE

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    09/06/2022
    CV
    Cheryl V.
    Canada
    I recommend this product

    Great Pattern!

    I purchased the pattern along with the online class. With a few hours of seeing I’m almost half way done before I knew it (I’m tackling two at once for my nephews). Klum House is truly about a great maker experience.

    05/01/2022
    S
    Sandy
    United States United States

    Slabtown!

    I really enjoyed making this bag. I purchased the materials (waxed canvas, hardware, leather, and tool kit) from Klumhouse. I also purchased the online video. The pattern is easy to follow, but the videos are really helpful, especially since I didn't know how to properly set the rivets and snaps. The best advice I have is to switch to a walking foot when you are sewing the bulkiest parts of the bag. My trusty little (read: nothing fancy!) sewing machine did just fine. I learned a lot and the backpack turned out wonderfully!

    Klum House Slabtown - Pattern Review
    12/30/2021
    RD
    Rhonda D.
    Canada Canada
    I recommend this product

    Great pattern

    I found the pattern easy to follow and I am so excited how my backpack turned out! I’m very proud of it and will make another one soon.

    02/21/2021
    MH
    Mirjam H.
    DE DE

    I made a Slabtown for my own!

    I had this dream to sew a backpack with a certain piece of woven pattern. These piece of woven pattern came form Chile and was part of another bag. As I found your pattern I knew that will be the right for my project. I used a dry oilskin canvast in a black color and my beloved woven design. Your instruction book was greatful and everything worked very well. I hope someone in my family want a slabtown too. So I can sew another backpack, just for fun! Thank's a lot for these excellent pattern!

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    02/07/2021
    MM
    Michele M.
    US US

    Slabtown Pattern

    Love this pattern! pattern is easy to follow I would suggest purchasing the video tutorial. I’ve made 3 of these and have gone back to the video each time.

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