Doll Craft: Quick and Easy Backpack for Dolls

August is always a favorite time of year for me with school just around the corner. I have always loved school supplies and getting a new back pack. I thought it would be fun to share with you an easy to make back pack for your doll that can be made with items from your local craft or dollar store and party store for under $3, filled with doll sized back to school items.

Pattern to make a doll sized backpack

First to make the back pack you will need one piece of felt, a pair of scissors, a needle and thread, a button, fabric glue or a glue gun, a craft gem to decorate, a pencil and a ruler.

Doll Backpack Pattern Step 1

Cut out a 4 inch wide by 8 inch rectangle from a piece of felt. Then cut two strips out of the remaining felt ¾ of an inch wide and 8 inches long.

I glued my back pack with a hot glue gun, but you can use fabric glue or hand sew your backpack – it is up to you.

Doll backpack step 2

Fold the rectangle up from the bottom 3 inches and finger press it. Next, run a line of glue on each of the two sides to create a pocket.

Next fold the top over and finger press it, too.

backpack step5

Open the flap you just created and place a button in the center. Thread your needle and attach the button to felt, carefully not sewing the button so that the back pack doesn’t open. Once you have sewn on your button, fold the top flap and eye the center of the flap and make a very small snip with your scissors, this makes the button hole. Put your button through the hole and you have a closed backpack. I did attach the gem at this time to the bottom of the backpack with hot glue.

Turn the back pack over and attach the straps by adding a dab of glue ½ inch in and down from the top and then “like you would make a tape loop on paper” glue on one end of the strap, then repeat on the bottom.

Repeat on the other side and then you are ready to fill your backpack. To fill the back pack with school supplies like mine look at the dollar store, party store or even Target for mini school supplies. I found mine at Party City for 35 cents each.

Now your doll can wear her own backpack to doll school!

I look forward to sharing more ideas with you next week. ~ By Karen of Karen Mom of Three

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  1. Danielle says:


  2. Kat says:

    Aawwwww The Tape Is soooo Cute! you should Raffle one of for those who dont have a party city near them.

  3. Caitlin says:

    Cool! OMG I need to try that craft before summer ends so my doll and I can both have backpacks!

  4. Okay I will, I do not have a party city near me, the closest is about 3 hours away but I will talk to Char and see if that would be okay, I will set up something and let you know.

  5. alex17 says:

    I have seen the mini tape rolls at 5 Below!

  6. Sarah80 says:

    That’s sooooo cute!! I havn’t even started shopping for myself yet!! And I’m gonna be the top of my school so I gotta look good!! 😉 Hahahaha!! Just Kidding!

  7. Ranch says:

    I LOVE the backpack Karen! Its soooooo cute! Where do you get the cute supplies? My doll Lanie (Girl of the year 2010) and I have made a LOT of your stuff together, and I want to make her a backpack for the Doll School.

  8. Caelen says:

    Thanks for the craft Karen!! =D

  9. olivia says:

    Karen that is ADORABLE!!!!!! I love it!!!!! : )

  10. love it! Will most certainly make one!

  11. HarryPotterIrishDangerAGdollGal says:

    omg that is so cute and is very easy to make! i just made it xD

  12. olivia says:

    I got the felt and the rhinestones to decorate and make the backpack! (i already have the other stuff) I cant wait to make it but I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to make it because I have to get the needle and thread from my nana.The only thing Im upset about is I cant find stuff to put inside of it. :(

  13. Olivia you will like my next post on Friday then and stay tuned there is a contest coming up!
    Olivia do you have a party store near you? You can always check out and see if you can find stuff at the party sections of Target, Walmart and dollar stores….

  14. olivia says:

    Karen- OOOhhhh sounds interesting! cant wait till friday to find out what it is. And sweet another contest! I checked out in the party section at my walmart but all they had were basicallylike party plates and decorations and the small stuff that they did have were to big for my doll or not really school related. We do have a schemes and themes store in my town ill try and check it out. And the party section at target the next time I go outta town. (we dont have A target where I live) Thanks for the suggestions.

  15. olivia says:

    Karen-I just finished making the backpack and it is ADORABLE!!!!! I love it!!!! thank you so much for showing us how to make it!!!! I have a little bit of felt leftover so im gonna make a smaller one formy sister. She just started kindergarten on monday and shell love her Kanai doll having a matching backpack like her and my dolls. : ) Again thank you so much.

  16. Olivia this makes me so happy thank you for letting me know! Wonderful!

  17. Caelen says:

    I’ll make that soon, I just need some felt….

  18. AnnaJones says:

    Oh and Olivia, you can make sized things, or get some from Michals or Wal-mart.

  19. NikkiBear98 says:

    What an adorable craft! I haven’t started shopping for school, yet. I’m hoping this school year will be better than last year. I’m not a big fan of Middle School :l. 8th grade, here i come!

  20. Erin says:

    Hey that’s SOOOOOOOOOO Cute!!!!!! I’ll try it later! I’m working on a contest for a costume contest, so I’ll have to do it tomorrow!!!!

  21. Erin says:


  22. georga says:

    that is so cute!

  23. I love the idea so much! It is an great way to make your doll happy!
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  24. this rocks! please check out my website and leave comments!