DIY Rectangular BACKPACK


Yesterday was Mister M's first day of Kindergarten! I was way more nervous than he was. He has been ready for months, totally ok with the idea of making new friends and ready to learn how to read & write. So what was I nervous about?



I thought it would be nice and fun and kind of cool if I made him his backpack for his big day! So,  I did and I made a little tutorial for you to make your own too...  Of course, I couldn't make Mister M one without having one for Miss E- you can find her tutorial over at the Sewing Rabbit. They are both very similar with a few difference. First, Miss E's is a little smaller and her handles are too!

Both have a rectangular shape with a front pocket- there is lots of room for making it your own. Just play around with your colours and fabric choices to make it truly unique. Go crazy or keep it simple!


So are you ready to get started? Here is a little video for your step by step tutorial. Press pause to take notes, rewind if you missed something or play on a loop if you love that song!!! 



I used some "outdoors" Nylon type fabric. It is light weight, durable and water resistant. The black fabric is Nylon Cordura which is a little thicker and a lot harder to sew with.  You could use any type of fabric really and if you need to stiffen it, you could just double your fabric or interface it.



You can change up your straps, replace the plastic adjusters with d-rings. Have fun with it! Also, you could pad the straps if you wanted. Add some inside pockets... I could go on on. This is really a base for you to add and make it your own.



Mister  M was super excited about his new backpack. Really? He was but not as much as his new school!



Miss E loves her too! Although she doesn't change classes until next week.


What a great way to start the new school year! What have you planned for your kids? A new haircut, new shoes? I'd love to hear!

11 comments:

  1. Celina, the backpacks are so cool and the animated video is equally cool! You amaze me with your talent! I'm loving the look of these!!

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    1. Hey Caroline, I couldn't have done it without your inspiration and your precious help. Thank you soooooo much. xxx

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  2. Oh, love these bags and I like the color combo too, cool backpacks!

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    1. Thanks so much! So happy you like them. :)

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  3. Grey and yellow is one of my favourite colour combs, if not my favourite. Good idea to add the black on the bottom too. It's hard to decide which I prefer - both backpacks are awesome. They look so cute on your kids too. Amazing job my friend x

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    1. Thanks Laura! Thank you for being there for every step :) they would go really well with your kids pj's to think of it! :)

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  4. At 0:48 on the video, it says Fabrics A and B are 30x40 cm but it shoes the striped and black pieces. Do you mean Fabrics A and C are 30x40cm or is the black piece suppose to be the yellow fabric?

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    1. Hello! Yes so sorry, on the big backpack I did the front in stripes and the back in black- it should say A and C (not B). But you could do it any color really. The small backpack has the back in yellow! Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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  5. so beautifull bag,i love it,
    how can i see the pdf pattern
    horamhandmadebag@gmail.com

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  6. Thanks for this lovely tutorial. I am doing this right now but having some trouble sewing the front pocket on. Did you bend the edges of the zipper or did you just cut it short enough to not sew over? Really wondering how this works out.

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    1. oh! I just made sure my zipper tape was the length of the pocket, so that way I did not have to sew over the zipper teeth and just folded the zipper tape in and sewed over that. I hope this helps.

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