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Doll Backpack

Project #17903

The doll on the go needs a way to carry essentials. This adorable Doll Backpack is sized just right for 18" dolls and is easy to make with this Sizzix Plus Q Die.

Fabric Requirements:

Yardage FabricInstructions
1/3 ydBlue printCut (2) front and back panels
Cut (2) side gussets
Cut (2) zipper sides
Cut (1) outer base
Cut (2) outer straps
Cut (1) outer pocket
Cut (1) outer pocket flap
1/3 ydLining fabricCut (2) front and back panels
Cut (2) side gussets
Cut (2) zipper sides
Cut (1) outer base
Cut (2) outer straps
Cut (1) outer pocket
Cut (1) outer pocket flap
19" Zipper
Turning tubes


  • All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
  • Always lock in stitches at the beginning and the end to prevent unraveling.
  • Fat 1/8 = approximately 9" x 22"
  • Fat 1/4 = approximately 18" x 22"
  • If you wish to quilt your fabric, use a lightweight stabilizer or low-loft batting, and quilt as desired prior to cutting any and all pieces.

Assembling the Backpack:

  1. Sew the pocket flap and pocket flap lining, right sides together, leaving the top flat edge open for turning (Fig. 1).
  2. Clip the corners and the curved edge, turn right side out and topstitch only the curve of the flap (Fig. 1).
  3. Sew the darts on the bottom corners of the outer pocket and the lining of the pocket pieces (Fig. 2).
  4. Clip the corners, and turn right side out. Topstitch only the top edge of the pocket (Fig. 2). (The other edges will be topstitched when sewing these pieces to the backpack front.)
  5. Pin the pocket to the front of the backpack (centered 1" above the bottom edge), and topstitch the pocket (on the bottom and sides) to secure in place (Fig. 3).
  6. Pin and sew the top edge of the pocket flap in place just above the pocket (Fig. 4).
  7. Sew two straps by sewing two strips right sides together, turning and topstitching both edges lengthwise (Fig. 5).
  8. Pin the straps in place by placing the top end of the straps along the top center edge of the back panel, 1/2"−3/4" apart. Pin the bottom ends of the straps so they are 3/4" away from the side edges (Fig. 6).
  9. Sew the back panel, right sides together to the edge of the base piece, using set-in seams (Fig. 7).
  10. Sew the front panel, right sides together, to the opposite side of the base piece using set-in seams (Fig. 8).
  11. Sew one strip to both sides of a 9" zipper. With the zipper right side up, the fabric must be placed right side down (Fig. 9). (Tip: The zipper has a 1/2" seam allowance, but you can only use a 1/4" seam allowance for the fabric. Offset the fabric half way onto the zipper.)
  12. Sew one rectangular gusset piece to each end of the gusseted zipper (Fig. 10). Trim the excess seam allowance from the zipper and zipper sides.
  13. Topstitch both seams (Fig. 11).
  14. Pin one side of the zipper panel to the back side of the backpack starting in the top center (Fig. 12). Sew from one corner of the backpack to the other.
  15. Sew the gusset piece to the base on each end (Fig. 12).
  16. Unzip the zipper at least half way to turn the backpack right side out.
  17. Repeat step 14 to pin and sew the other zipper panel edge to the front backpack panel (Fig. 13).
  18. Trim the gusset ends once finished (Fig. 13).
  19. Turn the backpack right side out to finish.

Lining Option (illustrations not included):

  1. Press a 1/4" seam allowance on one side of each zipper gusset piece.
  2. Sew all of the pieces of the backpack lining together, as if there were a zipper in place, leaving the zipper area open.
  3. With the lining wrong side out, place the lining on the inside of the backpack.
  4. Line up the opening to the ends of the zipper and then all along the inside zipper edge, pinning in place.
  5. Topstitch both sides to finish.

Extra Options:

  1. Add a small center loop in between the two straps at the top of the backpack for hanging.
  2. Add a small pocket to the inside lining (with or without a flap).
  3. Add extra pieces of fabric to the side gusset areas for outer side pockets.
  4. Add embroidery names, monograms or other designs to the space above the pocket to personalize the backpack.

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