snack backpack

The girl child needed a new bag to take snacks in - her regular one now holds 10 pounds of safety gear, such as a helmet and wrist guards, we force her to wear whenever she wants to ride one of her wheelie things.

I made Smootch a modified version of my toddler backpack, using a zipper from some vinyl packaging a bedspread came in, extra wide single fold bias tape, and some rainbow stripey strapping I found in a thrift store (it was totally a steal too, only a $1.50 and I have some 40 yards left). The backpack fabric is a Free Store find, a Holly Hobbie curtain I've been holding onto for months, waiting for the right project.

To make the backpack, I used the back piece from the original back pack pattern, cut 2, and fused them to medium weight interfacing.

The side strap is two pieces of strapping laid side by side. I put the zipper in,

and then, because the strapping was being so accommodating, sewed together the straps with a zigzag stitch.

The single fold bias tape was sewn to the edges of the strapping, and then to the front and back of the pack. A little loop at the top made from the bias tape ensures that the back pack will hang on a hook nice and flat.


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  1. love it. I have been wanting to try it for awhile, might just have to now.

  2. Cute! And you make it look so easy :D

  3. My goodness, that's just adorable. And so thrifty! I love it. I'd already bookmarked your toddler backpack... guess this tute will join it! Thank you for all your share with us. :)

  4. NICE!!! I love how much re-used stuff you made use of too. My favourite thing to do as well.

  5. So adorable. I love that strapping.

  6. Love it!! Gee, it's been awhile since I made a backpack (my son is 30 now)! I'll need to do a girly one for my 9 year old daughter! Great inspiration! Thanks so much.

  7. Wow, that is ace!! Nice and strong.
    What a find that rainbow strapping was!

  8. I am endeavoring to make your original toddler backpack for my 2 1/2 year old, but wanted to adapt one larger for my 6-year old who is in school. I have a couple of questions, if you don't mind: is strapping the same as webbing? What kind of webbing (thickness, weight, width, etc) should I look for, and what length of zipper would you recommend? I've only put a zipper in once and it was a measly 3 inches!
    Also, I have some sweet thrifted printed canvas I am going to use for the toddler backpack- Do you think I should still use interfacing if I want it to be really sturdy? Or would I be cursing as I tried to sew through it all? Sorry for the barrage of questions! Thank you for your tutorials and advice!

  9. jt,

    whoa. Okay:

    yes, strapping = webbing

    I'd say at least 8 inches for a zipper, 12 inches would be better. You want it long enough to things in and out of the back pack easily.

    Try putting in a few stitches in the canvas (doubled up) with a sturdy needle and see how your machine handles it. If it's like butter, add the interfacing. I'd try it - nothing worse than a droopy backpack.

    Good luck! I'm here if you have more questions :)

  10. So awesome, to recycle the zipper. I always feel wasteful throwing those bags things away, why didn't I think of recycling a zipper. genius.

  11. Hi! Love this tute, the strapping is so cute! Just wondered how wide it is, and how wide the bias binding you used is? Did you open out the bias binding, or keep it folded in half? I'm sorry for the questions!

    I'm going to be keeping any and all working zippers for little projects like this! What a great idea! I'm always seeing strapping like this in the clearance bins at my local sewing store, now I won't walk by!