Sewing Tutorial: DIY Kid’s Backpack

They need bags for everything, don’t they?

School is back in session, and after-school activities are, too. Make this easy-sew backpack for whatever your kid is into: the classroom or field, scouts or arts activities. The construction is simple with Dritz belting and hardware. The personality is up to you!

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Kid's Backpack with Dritz Belting and Hardware


The full sewing tutorial with instructions for each step can be found over at Trash To Couture. We’ll point out a few key elements of the backpack here …

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Kid's Backpack with Dritz Belting and Hardware

After cutting your fabric for the body of the bag and the flap, you’ll add functional details – like this “clip strip” made with Dritz 1″ wide poly belting. Kids can use this strip to hang all kinds of things … a water bottle, carabiner, keys and accessories. (You know they love to do this!)

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Kid's Backpack with Dritz Belting and Hardware

On the side of the backpack that goes against your back, you’ll use Dritz rectangle rings and more belting to create the tabs that the straps go through.

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Kid's Backpack with Dritz Belting and Hardware

In addition to the tabs, you’ll use the belting to make the shoulder straps and the top loop (for hanging the backpack). Easy sewing will secure the belting.

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Kid's Backpack with Dritz Belting and Hardware

Add the adjustable slide buckles by looping belting strap over center bar of adjustable slide. Thread loose end of belting through rectangle ring. Bring end of belting back under strap and loop over center bar of adjustable slide. Pull about 1″ of belting over bar and wrap around bar. Stitch to secure. Repeat for other strap. (This will make the straps adjustable.)

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Kid's Backpack with Dritz Belting and Hardware

After you sew the front, back and liner (optional) pieces of the backpack together, you will work on the flap, by pinning in into place and then sewing it to the body of the backpack.

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Kid's Backpack with Dritz Belting and Hardware

Finishing details include adding that swivel hook / D-ring closure set, so you’re able to secure the flap.

Sewing Tutorial: DIY Kid's Backpack with Dritz Belting and Hardware

Now you’re ready to add personality with patches and iron-ons. And don’t worry, your little will have it jazzed up with all kinds of embellishments in no time!

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