DIY Toddler Backpack Tutorial

DIY Toddler Backpack Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Ameroonie Designs
This post was updated 2/21/22. To provide a better experience and outcome, and to more accurately reflect my pattern writing, the free version of this Backpack pattern is no longer available. The full pattern, with diagrams, pattern pieces and complete instructions is available in my Etsy shop

*Pattern updated 3/14/2018. You can go to this blog post to see more pictures of the updated version of the backpack.

DIY Toddler Backpack 

There are lots of places to go and things to do in the summertime.  Now, your toddler can be prepared for anything with this darling DIY toddler backpack.  Sleepovers at grandma’s or just a place to carry their favorite treasures as you explore.  And the best part is, now you don’t have to carry it for them.

The fabric and hardware for this DIY toddler backpack project was provided by The Ribbon Retreat.
You will need 1/2 yard of exterior and 1/2 yard interior fabric.  If you want to add in more fabrics, as I did, you will need various scraps or fat quarters.  For this project I used Girl Crazy by Dani for Riley Blake. 

You will also need fusible fleece, medium weight interfacing, one magnetic snap, 2 rings and 2 slides and one lobster clasp.
This pattern is now available in my Etsy shop: Child Sized Backpack pattern

DIY Toddler Backpack Tutorial featured by top US sewing blog, Ameroonie Designs

Sew a toddler sized backpack or pillow cover from In the Forest fabrics

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  • Anne Weaver
    August 2, 2014 at 2:21 am

    What a cute backpack! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial:

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    August 6, 2014 at 2:51 am

    This is so adorable, Amy! And don't get me started on that fabric. Awesome as always 🙂

  • FlissFloss
    August 4, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Can't wait to make this!

  • Tonya Shumate
    May 14, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks, Amy, for sharing your pattern. I’m currently working on the backpack and have come to the instructions for installing the female snap part. You instruct to measure 5 1/2 inches from the top and that literally only leaves about an inch between the top of the pocket and the snap. I’m assuming the measurement given is a typo?? Would you mind clarify the measurement for me? Thank you.

    • Amy Chappell
      May 16, 2019 at 10:36 pm

      Hi Tonya!
      When I made the updated version of the backpack, I made the flap longer, this moved the female snap part down on the front of the backpack. It does sit a little more than an inch above the pocket, but probably not much. It will not match up the pictures as this is one step that is modified in the updates. Let me know if you have any more questions!


  • Nanny
    May 20, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Muy bonita mochila y estupendo tutorial. Muchas gracias, Amy!
    Saludos desde España 😍