backpack roundup

My Elliot starts kindergarten next week. WAAAAAH! Unbelieveable. With back-to-school season here, I thought we should take a peek at all the great backpacks that people have been making with my Toddler Backpack pattern. The original pattern was intended for preschool-aged children, 2-5ish (hence the name, “toddler”), but has since been updated to include easy instructions for enlarging it for a school-aged child so it can accommodate the normal 8.5×11″ sized notebooks and handouts and whatnot. At the top of my current To Sew List is a school-sized one for E. Only time will tell if this backpack actually materializes by the first day of kindergarten or not.


1. Helicopters, 2. Rapunzel, 3. Numbers, 4. Giraffe, 5. Robots, 6. Scooters, 7. Blue w/ Orange, 8. Dragons, 9. Buses

This viewfinder version makes me so happy I have enough of this Melody Miller fabric left to make a copycat backpack of my own:


Johanna, who made this adorbsible version for her toddler son, has a post called “Backpack with a View” if you want to see more (and clever name, eh?)


1. Daisy Backpack 1, 2. Pair of Backpacks, 3. Purple ZigZags, 4. Green Giraffes, 5. Rockets, 6. Big Polka Dots

Here’s an example of one of the backpacks made using the bigger kid dimensions:


1. Dump Truck BackPack – Side, 2. Dump Truck BackPack – Front

You can find the pattern here, and of course, keep adding your pictures to the backpack pool and the Rae Made Me Do It photo pool so I can feature them on the blog!

8 thoughts on “backpack roundup

  1. How did I miss your tutorial?! I have been looking for one that was big enough for bigger kids! Off to bookmark it for payday. 😉

  2. i was just planning on starting a bigger backpack tonight! thanks for the inspiration, there are some awesome ideas for extra pockets and stuff in the flickr group…off i go!

  3. so sad! Best of luck with kindergarten. That was a really hard year for me, with lots of difficult lifestyle adjustments, but my son loved it.

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