Simple Toddler Backpack

The next in my “Back To School” series of tutorials is a simple to make toddlers backpack.

The pattern is sized for a pre-schooler and I have kept it simple with a single zip, lining and one internal pocket.

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This is a very basic easy to make backpack, sized for a little one. There are many ways you can adapt this pattern, switching out fabrics, adding side pockets, embroidery or applique etc….

You may need some interfacing if you use a lightweight fabric but as its a bag for a little one two layers of cotton should be just fine. How heavy will a toddlers lunchbox and soft toys be? You can of course choose to use a canvas for a tougher backpack.

The finished backpack measures 11×13 inches and is 3-4 inches deep, depending upon your seam allowance around all the curves. I strongly suggest you check the suggested length against the distance for your own little one around their puffiest winter jackets to ensure you can adjust correctly.

Supplies Needed

  • 1 yard of main fabric
  • 1 yard of coordinating lining fabric
  • 1/2 yard of heavy interfacing (optional)
  • 2 backpack strap adjusters (You can get these from Amazon or Ebay for straps about 1″ wide)
  • 1 zipper (needs to be between 11-14 inches, I used a continuous zip)

Cutting Out

Download the FREE Toddler Backpack, or buy for only 99p in the shop.

You will need to cut the outer/main pieces first, then the lining pieces to match.

If you are using fusible interfacing remember to attach/fuse it to the outer/main fabric BEFORE cutting the outer pieces.

From your outer/main fabric

  • 1 large piece for the front
  • the top curve off the back
  • the lower portion of the back
  • 2 zipper panels
  • 1 side/gusset panel
  • 2 long straps
  • 2 small straps
  • 1 pocket
  • 1 small carrying strap


From your lining fabric

  • 2 large piece for the front and back
  • 2 zipper panels
  • 1 side/gusset panel
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Babs Rudlin

I play with colour in both fabric and fiber. Creating patterns, challenges and tutorials for beginners and those who wish to learn new skills. My youtube channel is I provide reviews, tutorials, how to and more as services for other creators and service providers. Get in touch to discuss how I can help you today!

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