10 EASY Videos to Weave the Adirondack Backpack

Jill Choate  | Jill Choate Basketry

The Large Adirondack Backpack was on my weaving bucket list for YEARS.  It was one of those I'd LOVE to do this but I knew I couldn't get it right.  That was until I ran into Janet Greenhoe on a basket tour.  

Janet told me, "Jill, if you will take me salmon fishing, I will show you the way of backpacks".  Well, since I lived in Talkeetna, AK at the time all I needed was an excuse to go fishing.  It was a glorious day and we limited out our catch of silver salmon.   I was the one to score big time however as Janet presented me with a hand woven backpack. The biggest gift however was the pattern on how to weave the backpack.

Since then I've woven a LOT of backpacks and taught a LOT of students how to do so too.  The secret to weaving an Adirondack backpack is in the tape measure.

We break down the process in these 10 EASY VIDEOS (plus one) so that your next backpack is super easy to weave up.

It's been brought to my attention that I neglected to incorporate videos on how to cut/tuck/lash and finish the basket.  You can find those videos here by CLICKING HERE:

The base:

Chicken feet:

Twining the base:

Upset the base:

Weaving the sides:

Weaving the corners:

7 rows up on the basket:

9" high on the basket bringing it in:

Put the handle in EARLY:


False rim:


There you have it!  A beautiful, hand crafted, backpack that you'll have to use for forages into the forest and display at the cabin when not in use. 

CLICK HERE: Large Adirondack Backpack KIT

CLICK HERE: Med Adirondack Backpack KIT


Jill Choate
Jill Choate


7 Responses


April 25, 2018


These videos are fantastic! thank you for sharing them!

I wanted to ask if you made your straps or purchased them, if so from where? And how did you attach them?

Thank you!

Peter H.
Peter H.

April 23, 2018

Hi Jill,

Is possible to buy a kit and instructions without the straps? I have some vintage military webbing and hardware that I would like to use instead of the options you provide.


Nancy L. Geddes
Nancy L. Geddes

January 24, 2018

Hello! When will the medium backpack kits be back in stock? I would wish to order two kits – one with fish harness and the other with groovy flowers! Thank you.


August 12, 2017

Hi Staci:

You asked how much material is required to weave the Adirondack Backpack. There are 13 different types of reed included in the Adirondack Backpack kit to make the basket. So, I’m not sure how to answer your question. I you haven’t wove a basket in a while I would encourage you to purchase the kit and watch the video. With the accompanying pattern directions you should do fine weaving up my version of the Adirondack Backpack.

Here’s the links in case you’re interested:

Med Backpack: https://www.jchoatebasketry.com/products/copy-of-adirondack-medium-backpack-pattern
Large Backpack: https://www.jchoatebasketry.com/products/backpack-adirondack-large


August 12, 2017

This tutorial has me very excited to revisit the basket making I did about 20 years ago when I was a girl scout! Thank you for sharing! One question I have is regarding the materials. Since I am very new to basket making, approximately how much material do you need to complete this basket? Thank you!


June 18, 2017

This video series is fantastic. I’ve been making/teaching pack baskets for six years, and was looking for some new inspiration and tips, when I happened upon your videos. Fantastic. Oh, AND, I live about ten minutes from Western Pleasure. Small world!

Heidi Chromik
Heidi Chromik

November 17, 2016


I just received my kit to make the large pack basket. I am so excited! I have watched all the videos regarding this basket however, I have never done a false rim. Is there a video for finishing the basket or is it the same as any other basket?

Thank you,
P.S. Thank you for the Tootsie rolls!!! What a sweet surprise!

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