DIY Mini Backpack Video

DIY mini backpack sewing tutorial

Looking for a great back to school backpack for your little one? Well, buckle your seat belts my friends because Celina of the Sewing Rabbit Team has an amazing treat for us today! She is sharing a mind-blowing graphic video teaching you how to make your own Mini-Backpacks! Perfect for the little ones on the go.

DIY Mini Backpack Sewing Video

Since it is back to school for so many of us I thought it would be nice to do a sewing tutorial for a backpack. I’ve been spotting lots of square shaped backpacks these days, as well as lots of different ways of colour blocking- I thought I would combine the two to give you one cute little bag.

I also prepared a little video for my tutorial which I hope you will enjoy. You can simply follow along and pause when you need to! Save it to your favourites and watch it over and over! Careful, the song is really catchy!

In case you are wondering, the fabric I used was what they call at my local fabric shop “outdoors fabric”. It’s mainly a Nylon type of fabric with a coating which makes it a little more durable as well as water resistant. I also used some Cordura Nylon (black) which has a very sticky and plasticky backing and makes it really hard to sew with. I think I would have liked my fabric to be a little more sturdy, but what I love about the backpack is how light it is. You could use some denim or canvas if you like, you could also interface it.

With all the different pattern pieces you can make this little backpack as wild as you want or keep really simple. I had a little fun! I made the bottom black, as that is the part that gets the most dirty.

 I used some thick plastic zippers, however metallic ones are fine too. You could substitute the Nylon Webbing for some fabric or Gros Grain ribbon. Lastly, I used some plastic adjusters for my straps, those could have been a pair of D-rings as well.

This mini backpack offers lots of possibilities and it is really quite simple to sew. The hardest part was sewing on the front pocket. And if you notch all your pieces as indicated, as well as pin things to keep them in place, you will be fine.

Well I couldn’t just make one backpack with 2 kids in the house. Today is my son first day at kindergarten, so he got a slightly bigger backpack with a few differences here and there. The tutorial is on my blog Petit a Petit and Family, if you’d like to check it out.

My daughter was a little upset that hers wasn’t as big as her brothers, she soon realized this was the perfect size for all her little goodies and specially her small back.


My kids are ready and really excited for this new year to start…

I’m thinking I could use one of each for myself as well, maybe in some nice Liberty of London print or I could up cycled pair of pants I have. What would yours look like?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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      • Susie says

        Hoping the above comment isn’t meant in the way it reads.

        I can’t watch vids on this pc and was hoping the above mentioned Tutorial ‘The tutorial is on my blog Petit a Petit and Family, if you’d like to check it out.’ would possibly have pics I could follow, but it’s all good and I will have to wait until I am able to get in front of another PC.

        • says

          Oh Suzie, I hope you can watch later :) I would be happy to add a pdf version! Just give me a couple of days to get it done. So happy you like it!

          • Susie says

            Oh bless you celina! That would be amazing but please don’t go out of your way. Thank you. X

    • says

      Hello Nicole, happy you like the backpacks! I will work on a PDF version over the weekend and link it up here for a non video version. I hope this helps!

  1. says

    This is so cool! I love how both backpacks are similar but have their own details. The videos are incredible and I don’t know about the kids but I want one of those backpacks for me. You are amazing Celina.

    • says

      Thanks you sooooo much Laura! I am not sure which I like best either and I’m definitely making myself one, maybe with some padding in the back and turn it into a laptop bag. :)

    • says

      Thanks Jen! It’s funny how different the backpacks can look even if they were made from the same fabric- I love that! No else will have the same backpacks that is for sure! :)

  2. Billee A says

    this is an awesome book bag. when I saw it I immediately fell in love with it. I would love to be creative like this. I am a person who most times never complete a task. For some reason I loose interest. But I really like this, and want to make one for my son. Everything Ive viewed so far really has me wanting to follow your website

  3. Kim says

    I really want to make these for my girls, but some of the steps are confusing on the video. Do you have a PDF version somewhere? If you do, maybe you could send me a link? Starkat21 [at] gmail [dot] com.
    Thanks so much! I love these backpacks!

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