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I am a mother of an infant son living in Tokyo with my Japanese husband who is a teacher in a public elementary school. I decided to make my son toys myself after being disappointed with the ...

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Toddler Backpack

from Jennifer Hateruma
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Toddler Backpack
Toddler Backpack
Toddler Backpack
Toddler Backpack
Toddler Backpack
Toddler Backpack

Pattern Description:

When my son began walking and it became less necessary to carry a big diaper bag around with us, I decided it was time for him to start carrying his own toys when we went out. I began looking for toddler backpacks but I couldn't find anything that suited me. The fun looking ones were either too big or too small, and quite often very poorly made and most likely wouldn't last long. The well-made ones looked too much like adult backpacks shrunk down and were not fun at all. I decided I would make him a backpack and began searching online for patterns. I faced disappointment once again. The only design I found that even came close to what I was envisioning had a pattern with a cost that would have sent my project way over the budget I hoped for. Once again I sat down with my pencil and began putting my mental concept on paper. I knew I wanted a zipper to keep his treasures from spilling out. I had never set a zipper before but I was willing to give it a shot. I also knew that the fun blue fabric I picked out would be accented nicely with red piping. I have also never worked with piping and even wound up having to make my own when I discovered the tiny local fabric store had every color except red. I also knew I wanted the bottom of the bag to be a bit deeper than the top so it would sit upright when not being worn. I didn't take pictures as I was making the bag because I really thought I would have to make so many adjustments to my pattern as I went. To my surprise, everything fit exactly. The design is simple enough even with the extras like D-rings on the sides and the decorative piping, but in my step-by-step pattern instructions with photos (of the second bag with the purple pocket) I tell you which steps can be easily omitted to make it an even easier project, such as if you don't want piping or D-rings. I even walk you through the process so that even with a full lining to the bag with no exposed raw edges, anybody can make this bag. The design is suitable to use any non-stretchy fabric and even a quilted fabric would work great.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 8" x 11" x 4" at the widest points


  • about 1/2 yard of a main fabric
  • about 1/2 yard of a lining/contrastig fabric

You Will Also Need:

  • 2 D-rings (optional)
  • 2 buckles
  • Velcro (or another type of closure)
  • a 12" zipper
  • fusible inner facing
  • piping (optional)
  • (woven straps can be substituted for cloth straps)