Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kindergarten Backpacks

O.K. so I’m a little late with this post but better late than never right?  My girls started Kindergarten this fall and I wanted to make up a couple of backpacks for them. 

The fabric is Hoos In the Forest by Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake Designs.

I used a combination of Made by Rae’s Toddler Backpack pattern and the Oliver & S backpack pattern found in the book Little Things to Sew. ( Have I mentioned that I am so loving that book?!  Check my previous post about the Little Red Riding Hood pattern from Little Things to Sew.)

The Made by Rae pattern includes instructions for making the bag a bit larger for older children and that is what I did.  I think the size is perfect.  My girls are 6 but big for their age and the bags fit nicely.  Their school also uses folders for home school communications and these fit well in the backpack.
I liked the piping detail in the Made by Rae pattern so I used that for the exterior.


I wanted the interior to be lined so I followed the instructions in Little Things to Sew.  I am so happy that I added a lining to the bag it just makes it look more finished.  (FYI, the last step in sewing the lining calls for hand stitching near the zipper and I am not a big fan of hand stitching so I just pinned and topstitched near the zipper and it worked out fine.)

I also added an exterior pocket,

an interior pocket,

and a pocket with a vinyl window to put their name, address and phone number.

I also wanted to be able to tell them apart so I added a little initial keychain.

I love the finished bags and highly recommend both of these patterns.  I think that they are probably best suited for an advanced beginner or intermediate sewist.  The instructions are easy to follow but I wouldn’t attempt this as a first sewing project.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Beautiful backpacks! Thanks for the pattern recommendations, too.

  2. These are darling!! Love the fabrics and that you lined it and added pockets.

  3. Adorable!! Such sweet backpacks!

  4. WONDERFUL! I just purchased a toddler backpack pattern from Made by Rae. I'd love to see more pictures of the insides of your bags. I'm curious to know how you added the pockets and lining. Any help you have to offer would be greatly appreciated.


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