DIY Backpack

Share

By Stefanie of Girl. Inspired. for I Heart Nap Time.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

School is starting back up this coming week and I have mixed emotions, as usual.  This year, all three girls will be in school five days a week.  I’m excited to have some quiet time while they’re having fun at school, but I’m also sad to have my babies growing up so fast.  Today I have a fun and FAST sewing project for you – a DIY backpack perfect for your little ones heading off to their first days of school!

MY OTHER RECIPES

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

SUPPLIES:

1/2 yard fabric A

2/3 yard fabric B

sewable fusible web such as Heat ‘n’ Bond Lite

disappearing ink fabric marker

2 yards ribbon or drawstring

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 1:  From Fabric A (the outer main fabric), cut 2 rectangles, each measuring 15 inches wide and 14 inches tall.   Repeat for Fabric B (the lining fabric).  Iron well.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 2:  Cut two pieces of fusible web measuring 14″x15″. Iron the fusible web onto the wrong side of each Fabric A rectangle, following package instructions.  Wait for it to cool, then peel away the paper backing.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 3:  Follow the package instructions to fuse each Fabric B rectangle (wrong sides together) to the Fabric A rectangles.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 4:  Cut a 2″ x 2″ square out of the two bottom corners for each fabric rectangle (you now have just two fabric rectangles).

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 5:  Fold the top edge of each rectangle toward the wrong side by 1.5″ and press a crease in the fabric.  Open the top edges back out.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 6:  On the right side of ONE fabric rectangle, mark the center, just below the fold line.  Use a disappearing fabric marker.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 7:  Sew two parallel buttonholes 3/4″ in length.  Place the top of each buttonhole just below the mark and to either side of the center mark.  Be sure that the fold you previously made is turned up and out of the way so that you are not sewing through it on the backside.  Use a seam ripper to open up the buttonholes before proceeding.  If you need help making a buttonhole, you may find this buttonhole video tutorial helpful.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 8:  Lay the two rectangles right sides together on your work surface.  Match the sides and bottoms.  Sew along each side and across the bottom using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  You can also serge these seams for faster work!

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

 

Step 9:  With the backpack still right sides together, open up the square hole in the bottom corners.  Bring the bottom seam up to meet the side seam so that the open squares now form a line across as shown in the picture above.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 10:  Sew across that open line, closing up the corners and forming a squared off bottom to the backpack.  Repeat on the other side.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 11:  Turn the back right side out and iron as needed.  Refold the top edge to the wrong side along the creased line you made in Step 5.  Stitch about 1.25″ from the top edge, all the way around the top, to form a casing.  Be sure you are catching the folded edge on the underside.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 12:  Straps – Cut a 6″ wide by 44″ long strip of Fabric B.  Press each long side in toward the center.  Fold over again to make a strip of fabric with raw edges enclosed and four layers thick.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 13:  Tuck the short ends in before folding the fabric into the strip and sew along the edge all the way around the strap.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 14:  Fold the strap in half and note the center point.  Mark 3″ down from the center point on the strap.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 15:  On the back side of the backpack (opposite the buttonholes), place the center loop of the strap along the casing stitch line.  Stitch the strap in place, as shown.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Step 16:  Loop the straps down the backpack and pin the ends in place about 1/4 of the way up the back of the backpack and spread out to your liking!  Stitch a small rectangle to secure the ends on the backpack.  Repeat for the other strap.

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

 

Step 17:  Use a safety pin to thread desired ribbon or drawstring through one buttonhole, around the top of the backpack, and out through the other buttonhole.  Cinch and tie into a bow (or use a knot).  Trim excess and you’re done!  Backpack is ready to go!

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

DIY-Backpack by Girl Inspired on iheartnaptime.com

Good job!!  Now you have something extra special to send with your little one on their first day of school.  If you want to make a larger backpack, just follow the same instructions, but increase the size of the rectangles!  These instructions will give you the perfect backpack for a preschooler!  Be sure to stop by Girl. Inspired. and check out what we’ve been up to!

girl-inspired-project

Chocolate Kahlua Cake    Elsa Dress Tutorial     Olaf Cupcake Toppers 

Share
more by Stefanie »

Stefanie

Stefanie Knaus blogs over at Girl. Inspired. where she shares sewing projects and tutorials, her latest adventures in cake decorating and sugar consumption, and any sort of DIY crafty thing she can squeeze into her day. She loves throwing parties and decorating her home with a little vintage and a lot of homemade.Stef and her husband are raising three little girls on their “farm” in Northern California. She loves dance parties with her girls, laughing with her husband, hoarding fabric, photography, and, of course, coffee! Stop by Girl. Inspired. and say hi!

Stay up to Date

Subscribe to get new post updates via email.

Join in! Leave a comment!





Comments

  1. Michelle posted on August 10, 2014 at 12:32 am (#
    1
    )

    Oh my goodness, this backpack tutorial is so darling!  Thanks for sharing!

  2. Miss Manitas posted on August 10, 2014 at 10:48 am (#
    2
    )

    Supercute!!

  3. Coleen posted on August 21, 2014 at 10:59 am (#
    3
    )

    This is adorable!

  4. Connie Gilbert posted on August 21, 2014 at 11:56 am (#
    4
    )

    Hi Stefanie,
    I love your bag! Thanks for sharring. I just made one. I am concerned about the length of my strap, as I do not have children to measure the strap length. I love makinmg little girls items for friends.
    Can you tell me the exact measurement placement of the strap? maybe measure how far from the side seam and the measurement from the bottom seam. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much. Connie Gilbert