I really wanted to make new backpacks for my three youngest (since I’m not afraid of zippers anymore). I thought I’d try out the really cute pattern that Rae of Made By Rae has available on her Etsy store: Toddler Backpack. I love the way that she uses piping in her patterns. It always makes the finished item look professional. She includes suggestions for increasing the size for bigger kids, too.
The kids picked out their own fabrics at Joanns. Jamie saw the racecar fabric and would not be swayed to anything else! I had them choose from cotton woven fabrics and then I just backed each pattern piece with cotton twill to give the finished bag some structure. (Rae suggests using bottom weight fabrics.)
I sewed Jamie’s backpack according to the directions, and it’s perfect for him! For Samantha and Allen, though, I increased the size, modified the straps a little and added front and side pockets:
Ready for Adventure!