Hello everyone. New to the MYOG community. I did a google search for "simple backpack sewing pattern" and was led to a page on Sewing Support (http://www.sewingsupport.com/sewing-how-to/free-patterns-and-projects/bags/backpacks.html). The first pack, a 1oz. design linked to Gossamer Gear, to a page that no longer exists for the Henley_1oz_instructions.pdf. I've done some Googling to see if I could find a mirror of the .pdf anywhere and was unsuccesful.
Does anyone have the instructions save to their harddrive, or have printed out a copy that they can rescan in and make available to the community once again?
Also, while I'm posting anyways, I'd like to know how is the best way to go about learning to sew. I have no experience sewing with a machine, and only very limited experience hand sewing patches onto worn clothing. My partner has a Singer 3820 machine and knows how to sew more traditional fabrics like cotton, canvas. I don't yet know what fabrics I will be using/will be able to afford, but it will most likely be something like sil-nylon or cuben fabric or other plasticy, coated fabric.
My first step is obviously learn to use a sewing machine period. My partner can help me with that to an extent, but it is likely I will need to go beyond her limited knowledge base to be successful in the making of items like quilts, tarps, and packs. Are there any good online tutorials or particularly good books on sewing theory and practice you would recommend?
And then there is learning to actively sew and the rules and particulars of using these different fabrics lightweight, expensive fabrics. I saw somewhere someone suggested trying to sewing grocery bags first. Is that a good analog?
Anyways, I know this post is very long now, but thank you for reading it and giving me any advice you can. I would particularly like a copy of those Henley 1oz. instructions now that they are disappeared from the GG website.