How to Make a Stuffed Animal Into a Backpack

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How to Make a Stuffed Animal Into a Backpack
Turn an adorable toy into a useful backpack to bring everywhere. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Turn one of your child's favourite stuffed animals into a backpack to bring with her everywhere. You can also make the backpack from a new or second-hand stuffed toy for a special birthday or back-to-school gift. Make the backpack from any size stuffed animal and fill it with teddy bear-themed pencils, crayons and a pencil case.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Stuffed animal
  • Sharp scissors
  • Scrap fabric
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Zipper
  • 1-inch-wide ribbon
  • Fray stop treatment

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  1. 1

    Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut open the stitching along the back of the stuffed animal, from the neck to the base.

  2. 2

    Remove the stuffing from within the body of the stuffed animal, but leave the stuffing in the head, arms and legs.

  3. 3

    Measure the size of the openings to the head, arms and legs. Cut pieces of scrap fabric a little bit bigger than each opening. Pin the pieces of fabric over the holes. Use a straight stitch to sew the fabric pieces in place to keep the stuffing from the head and limbs from emptying into the main body of the stuffed animal.

  4. 4

    Fold the cut open edges of the stuffed animal inward (into the cavity). Sew the edges in place to create a smooth edge for the backpack zipper.

  5. 5

    Open the zipper and pin it to the opening in the back of the stuffed animal. Pin the zipper to the edge of the fabric on the inside of the toy with the good side of the zipper facing outward so that the zipper can be zipped up from the outside of the stuffed animal. Sew all the way around the zipper to keep it securely in place.

  6. 6

    Cut two 24-inch-long pieces of 1-inch wide ribbon for the backpack straps. You can make the straps longer or shorter, depending on whether a child or adult will wear the backpack.

  7. 7

    Spread a fray stop treatment to the ends of the ribbon.

  8. 8

    Pin one end of one of the ribbons to the back of the stuffed animal on the right side of the neckline. Pin the other ribbon to the back of the stuffed animal on the left side of the neckline.

  9. 9

    Pin the opposite ends of the ribbon down to the right and left sides, respectively, of the base of the animal.

  10. 10

    Sew all four ends to the stuffed animal to complete the backpack's straps.

Tips and warnings

  • You can create an inner lining for the backpack by inserting a large piece of fabric into the opening in the back of the stuffed animal. Press it against the sides. Draw a line on the fabric at the opening of the stuffed animal to mark the edges. Remove the piece of fabric and cut along the drawn line on the fabric. Insert the fabric lining into the opening in the stuffed animal and sew it to the inner edges of the opening in the stuffed animal.

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