It’s another post for my back to school series! This time I wanted to make a functional 1/12 scale backpack for my little Calico Critter boy. For those of you who aren’t needle-savvy, even though the backpack has some hand stitched details, the majority of the backpack is assembled with glue.
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What You Need to Make a Miniature Backpack:
- 1 sheet of felt
- 1/4″ leather lace (mine is saddle brown)
- 1 jump ring
- Crafting glue
- Coordinating embroidery floss and a needle (for stitching detail)
How to Make a Miniature Backpack
- Cut out a square of felt to the size you want your backpack. I wanted mine to be roughly 1″x1.5″, so I cut my felt to 3″x1.5″ to account for overlapping in the back.
- Cut out a notch at the top of your felt for the opening of your backpack. I made mine about 1″ across so it would stretch across the whole top of my backpack.
- Apply glue to one side of your felt to close the back.
- Overlap the felt so that the opening at the top of the backpack is more narrow than the opening at the bottom. (Note that the edges of the bottom don’t quite line up. This is fine as we’ll trim it down shortly.)
- To determine how long your leather cording should be for the straps, use one hand to hold the backpack in place and wrap the leather strap from the top of backpack around your doll’s arms and to the back. Mark this point and cut here. (Mine ended up being just about 7.5″ long.)
- Cut out an oval felt for the top flap of the backpack. I made mine about 1″x1.5″.
- Use your embroidery floss to stitch shut the bottom of your backpack and to outline the flap for the top. (If you don’t want to sew, you can always glue the bottom of the backpack shut.) Use scissors to carefully clean up the bottom seam.
- Use glue to attach the leather cord right-side down to the top of your back pack, then glue to the bottom of your flap on top of it.
- Wrap the edges of the leather around and glue them right-side up to the bottom of your backpack. Cut a small piece of leather and glue to the inside of your backpack flap.
- Use your embroidery floss and needle to attach the jump ring to the front of your pack for the latch. (Be careful not to sew through both layers of your backpack or it won’t be able to hold much!)
- And there you go! I think it’s so cute.