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
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
Anne WeaverAugust 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 PennyAugust 6, 2014 at 2:51 am
This is so adorable, Amy! And don't get me started on that fabric. Awesome as always 🙂
FlissFlossAugust 4, 2018 at 4:47 pm
Can't wait to make this!
Tonya ShumateMay 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 ChappellMay 16, 2019 at 10:36 pm
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!
NannyMay 20, 2019 at 4:01 pm
Muy bonita mochila y estupendo tutorial. Muchas gracias, Amy!
Saludos desde España 😍