This cute little drawstring backpack was so fun to make.
I have seen so many animal backpacks around – bears, tigers, lions, monkeys – you name it. So I decided to make a panda.
The backpack is basically two pieces of u-shaped fabric sewn together with ears added. The ears are also u-shaped, so it’s pretty easy. I don’t have pictures of the process, but here are the steps I took and a link to a site that will show you how to string the bag. This was the most challenging part for me.
There are free backpack tutorials all over the web that you could find with a quick search. But here’s what I did.
- Cut 2 u-shaped pieces of fabric for the head
- Cut 4 u-shaped pieces of fabric for the ears
- Draw the face of the animal (or anything really) on one of the pieces using fabric paint or marker and set the ink according to the manufacturer’s directions (I set mine with an iron).
- With right sides together, sew around the curved edges of both ears.
- Clip the curves and turn right side out
- With fabric right sides together, place the ears where you want them so that the straight edge of the ears is within the seam line of the bag and the ears are inside (they will be on the outside when you turn the bag); pin in place
- Now sew the curved edges of the bag together.
- Turn the top edges under to make a casing for the cord to run through
- Sew the two pieces together starting just under one end of the casing all the way around to the other casing.
- Clip curves and turn right side out.
- You’ll have to snip a couple of stitches open at the bottom to run the cord through.
- Here is a link to a tutorial which shows how to thread the cord; I could never describe it in just words. 🙂
Will you make an animal backpack? Which animal will you make?