Mini Fabric Backpacks

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By: Terri Bose

Only 2" big, you can wear these back packs with a pin or hang them around your neck. You can even hang them from your back pack or key chain. Great for keeping spare change.


  • Backpack Pattern
  • 9" x 12" Fabric Scrap
  • 9" x 12" piece of Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing (Pelon)
  • Iron
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue
  • 1/4" Velcro Scrap
  • Beads, Craft Foam or Fabric Markers for Decorating


Fuse interfacing to back of fabric following manufacturer's instructions. Trim to 8?" x 11. Print backpack pattern on fabric. Cut out on outer lines. You will have two pieces -- the backpack and the straps. Cut the straps down the middle solid line so you will now have three pieces.

All of the remaining solid lines are fold lines. The dotted lines are decorations. Fold on each solid line with the fabric side out. Crease with iron. Use fabric glue to secure the folded straps so the interfacing doesn't show.

On backpacks there are four flaps -- two on the sides and two on the bottoms. Use fabric glue to secure the bottom flaps to the bottom of the back pack. Use fabric glue to secure the side flaps to the to the back of the backpack.

Glue the straps to the top back of the backpack forming a loop with each strap. You will probably want to trim the straps to make them shorter before gluing.

Attach a piece of Velcro under the flap to hold it closed.

Decorate with beads, craft foam or fabric markers.

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About Author

Terri Bose is the developer of the family crafts web site Making Friends She is a mother and a stepmother and the author of three children's craft books.

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