This DIY kid’s backpack sewing tutorial will take you step-by-step through the process of making a custom backpack. The main backpack body measures 14” tall x 11” wide x 4” deep. It is smaller than the average backpack, yet still holds standard sized notebooks and folders. It is perfect for kindergarten and other elementary aged children; or anybody that prefers a smaller backpack.
Click this link for the FREE one-page worksheet that has the materials list and measurements for all the pattern pieces.
- 1 yard of main fabric (I used outdoor fabric from Joann)
- 1 yard of lining (ex. polyester lining)
- 9-inch sport zipper
- 30-inch sport zipper
- 6 yards double-fold bias tape (2 packs, extra-wide)
- poly batting (about 15 x 20”)
- 2 strap adjusters (1”)
- 2 yards strap webbing (1”)
14” tall x 11” wide x 4” deep
Pocket: 8 x 8 x 2”
Strap Pieces: Handle (1 piece): 11”
Top Straps (2 pieces): 16”
Bottom Straps (2 pieces): 14”
Some Helpful Links
Outer Fabric Examples: Bananas, Flowers, Pirate Sea Creatures
Coats & Clark Sport Closed Bottom Zipper 9″
Coats & Clark 30” Molded Separating Sport Zipper
A fun pack of patches!
Dritz Strap Adjusters (for 1” strap)
Poly-Fil Batting (crib size)
You can find the sewing tools I use in my Amazon Storefront.
Go get creative and make something you love!