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20+ DIY Backpack Tutorials (child and adult styles)

My kids just went back to school this week……and I feel like I wasn’t able to do everything I wanted to do this summer.  I had a whole bunch of items on my “Let’s Play This Summer” list.  And well, we only crossed off a few things.  Having a baby trumped a bunch of items on the list…….but I’m still feeling like we didn’t get enough done.  Stinkin’ speedy summer… ((sigh))


One of those things that I was meaning to do before Elli and Connor started school this week, was to make them new backpacks.  (Okay, and I wouldn’t leave Chloe out, even though she’s only 3 and not in school……I could still make her a play backpack, right??)  Elli and Connor’s backpacks from last year are just fine…..but I thought it would be a fun summer project to tackle.  Well, summer isn’t technically over yet (as far as the season goes), so I’ve been gathering inspiration online.  Hmmm, so many fun ideas.


Maybe your summer break sped by way too fast for you too?  Well, who says a new backpack has to be ready on the first day of school?!!  Let’s make a new backpack.  Or more! :)



Drawstring Backpack With Flap by Aggelicat

Rectangular Backpacks by Petit a Petit

Owl Tag Along Toddler Backpack by Moda Bakeshop


Monster Backpack by What I Made Today

Back To School Backpack by Hart and Sew

Gold Chevron Backpack by Elemental Carbon

Messenger Bag from Cargo Pants by Noodlehead

Child’s Ruffled Backpack by Infarrantly Creative

Circle Backpack by The Sewing Rabbit

Kitty Cat Backpack by Hello Beautiful

Nothing But a Hound Dog Backpack by Melly Sews

Sports MVP Backpack by Spoonful

Domo-Kun Backpack by Instructables

Tribal Print Backpack by The Felted Fox

Mr. Preppy Backpack by Spoonful

Rucksack Backpack by Gesehen Und Gesehen Werden

Kid Backpack by That’s My Letter

Plaid Backpack from Men’s Shirt by A Beautiful Mess

Polka Dot Backpack by Hellobee

Cinch Backpack by Trash to Couture

Rock ‘n Roll Backpack by Spoonful





Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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