10 DIY Backpacks | DIY Formula

10 DIY Backpacks

Finding the perfect backpack can be a challenge. A lot of backpacks purchased at department stores are cheaply made and are prone to falling apart after just a few months of use. Not to mention, most backpacks you can find look so similar and generic! To avoid these issues, make your own DIY backpack that will be unique and as sturdily built as you desire. You will surely get all the attention when you go back to school!

1. DIY Mini Backpack

If the idea of making your own backpack is a little overwhelming, this project is a great one to start with. It uses a purse, fanny pack, and a tote to create a cute mini backpack with a faux fur pom-pom. Scour your local thrift stores to make this cheap, easy DIY backpack!

Level of difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1-2 hours
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2. DIY Recycled Backpack

Take an old pair of jeans and turn it into an adorable backpack by following this easy tutorial. It only takes a few cuts, a little sewing, and a shoelace! As long as you have a decent sewing machine with a heavy sewing needle, you’ll be able to tackle this project.

Level of difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour
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3. DIY Rucksack

With three yards of fabric total, you can make this fashionable DIY backpack. Included in the video tutorial is a link to a written pattern, which can be scaled up or down to fit your needs. This backpack has a flap for the main section as well as a generous front pocket.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 2 afternoons
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4. DIY School Backpack

This tutorial shows you exactly how to make a full-size backpack, complete with zippered pockets and adjustable straps! The measurements are listed in the video description, so you don’t need to bother with a pattern. This project is for those with more advanced sewing skills, but definitely worthwhile due to the infinite fabric options. Since you’re going back to school, you can check out these awesome DIY school supplies as well.

Level of difficulty: Advanced
Duration: 3+ afternoons
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5. DIY Drawstring Backpack

For those looking for a quick, easy sewing tutorial to make a DIY backpack, this project is for you! It takes only four rectangular pieces of fabric and four yards of cord for the drawstring and straps. This project would make great presents or a fun back to school activity!

Level of difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour
Materials You Need:

  • Desired fabric
  • 4 yards cord
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine

 

6. DIY Refashioned Backpack

Don’t feel like buying any fabric to make your DIY backpack? Just use an old shirt! This project upcycles an old tank top into a trendy drawstring backpack. Made of only four pieces, you could even hand sew this backpack if you don’t have a sewing machine.

Level of difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour or less
Materials You Need:

  • An old tank top
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread or a sewing machine
  • Cord

 

7. DIY No-Sew Drawstring Backpack

If drawstring backpacks are easy to make, then a no-sew option is a total no-brainer! Make this simple DIY backpack to hold your belongings for a yoga class or hiking. All you’ll need is some fabric, fabric glue, and cord. The video even includes some fun ways to personalize your backpack!

Level of difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour or less
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8. DIY Bicycle Backpack

This DIY backpack is specifically designed for bikers. It has a clip for a bicycle helmet, three pockets, and removable night lights. Having so many pockets makes it super easy to find cell phones, sunglasses, and other objects you might need easy access to.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1-2 hours
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9. DIY Drawstring Duffle Backpack

If you’re looking for something in between a drawstring backpack and a full-scale one, try making this hybrid: a duffle backpack. It has a drawstring closure at the top, but also includes a flap similar to a traditional backpack. This backpack would make a great baby bag for days out on the town!

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2-3 hours
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10. DIY Denim Backpack

Last in our lineup of DIY backpacks is another upcycled project: a denim backpack made from old or thrifted jeans. Add a cheap zipper and some basic sewing supplies and you’ll have a cute backpack for less than five dollars! Be sure to use a heavy duty needle and thread to sew the denim fabric.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Conclusion

From drawstring backpacks to full-sized backpacks complete with zippers and pockets, this list is sure to provide the perfect project for you to take on so you can have a new item for when you go back to school. Making your own backpack allows for endless fabric options and personalization! Have you ever made your own backpack? Share your ideas and successes below!

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