How to Make a Miniature Backpack for Blythe or Chickenpants – Tutorial & Pattern


Here’s a quick tutorial to make your own miniature backpack. Because sometimes you need a tiny functional backpack to carry your tiny things. I made this to fit a Chickenpants, naturally, but of course it is also perfect for a Blythe. Some might say even more perfect.

Here’s what you need:

  • A small amount of pleather (or leather, or felt…)
  • One tiny button
  • A snap
  • 8″ of ribbon
  • Thread, needle, scissors (and a sewing machine if you’ve got one!)

First, download this pattern.

Then cut out the pattern pieces.

Sew on the snaps and tiny button. When sewing the snap on what will be the front piece, you want it to rest about 1/4″ from the top.

(And you may want to make sure that you sew it to the actual TOP, and not flip the piece over like I did. Whoops. But as we shall see, it will all turn out.)

Sew the straps onto the back, as shown.

(A note about the straps: I used two 4″ pieces of ribbon. You could of course make the straps out of pleather to match your bag. I tried that on my first attempt, and the little busters TORE when I was trying to put Blythe’s arm through. So, um, reinforce those babies somehow, if that’s the route you want to go. But you probably already knew that, you smart foxy reader, you.)

Sew the skinny side piece on to the back. Place them together, right sides touching. You want it to start about an inch and a half (3.8 cm) from the top. As far as seam allowances go, seriously, you are just going to have to eyeball it. You want as little SA there as possible while still maintaining structural integrity.

Pinch it and hold it so you can get around those corners.

Right sides still touching, pin the front piece in place on the skinny side piece.

Sew that baby down, turn it inside out, and hit the town! Er, books!

See? TOTALLY functional.

About Claire

Absolutely Small is textile artist Claire Chambers. Claire Chambers is a crazy-pants artist/crafter who spends most of her time indoors, very near to Portland, Oregon. She likes making people laugh, chickens and pugs, and writing about herself in the third person. She is utterly obsessed with making things out of fabric.

Comments

  1. Hello,

    I am happy to inform you that a link of one of your tuto is published on my blog. If however you do not wish that this link is used, make me the knowledge and the link it will be immediately eliminated.
    You will see a photo with the backpack made by my friend Mélie from your tuto

    Nanette
    In Blythe, we trust

    nanette-blythe.eklablog.com/

    Nanette
    In Blythe, we trust

    nanette-blythe.eklablog.com/

    • Hi Nanette,
      Thanks so much for your comment! I’m delighted that your friend made the tiny backpack (and that you posted it)! Love the photos!

  2. thanks a lot for your tutorial, just finished one for my blythe…so cute backpack

    I post it here…wish to make you proud of it ^_^
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203466035714329&set=pcb.10203466035954335&type=1&theater

    • Your backpack turned out so cute! Good work! I especially like the rick rack straps. Thank you for your sweet comment. ^_^

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