Crochet · DIY · Sewing

When Crochet and Indonesian Batik Meet – DIY Mini Backpack

 

Hello!

Sorry! I’ve been away for so long! It’s a combination of Tilly being more active, going back to studying and just not really having anything to post about.

Anyways, while browsing online and in the mall, I noticed that there are a lot of mini backpacks for sale. Is it in season right now? I found them really cute anyways! I was going to just buy one, but at the last minute, I decided to just make one! (Ok, it was really because I had a choice between buying a mini backpack or buying something else, and that something else won…)

I’ve made a backpack before back in July 2015.

As you can see, it is just a bucket bag with flaps, pockets and straps added. I was immensely proud of this bag considering I worked it out all by myself. No pattern! Just straight from my mind! Of course, these days, there are a lot of pattern for a bucket bag or a bag like this one in general.

Since it’s been a while, I thought I’ll save myself the money of buying a mini backpack and, like I said before, just make one instead!

Ta-da!

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This bag is easy enough to construct. It just has more pieces than a bucket bag. It’s super easy too!

I used a t-shirt yarn and a 7mm crochet hook for this project.

You can use any yarn and hook, and make the bag in any size, but you will have to adjust the pattern by yourself.

The bag is made up of 6 pieces, crocheted separately, then sewn together. You can either crochet or sew the straps on.

We are going to start with the base.

To make the base:

Ch 16,

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each sc across, ch 1, turn

Row 2 – 11: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn,

Fasten off, leave a long tail.

 

To make the side piece:

Ch 10,

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each sc across, ch 1, turn,

Row 2 – 45: Sc in each sc across, ch 1 , turn,

Fasten off, leave a long tail.

 

There are 4 pieces to crochet for the front and back piece. Each piece is made up of a rectangle and a half-circle, which will be sewn together.

To make the front and back pieces (4 in total):

Rectangle piece (make 2):

Ch 16,

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each sc across, ch 1, turn,

Row 2 – 10: Sc in each sc across, ch 1 , turn,

Fasten off, leave a long tail.

Half-circle piece (make 2):

Row 1: 3sc in MC, do not join, ch 1, turn,

Row 2: Inc in each sc, ch 1, turn,

Row 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc* rep across, ch 1, turn,

Row 4: *1 sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc* rep across, ch 1, turn,

Row 5: *1 sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc* rep across, ch 1, turn,

Row 6: *1 sc in next 4 sc, 2sc in next sc* rep across, ch 1, turn,

Row 7: *1 sc in next 5 sc, 2sc in next sc* rep across.

Fasten off, leave a long tail.

Attach the half-circle piece to one of the long sides of the rectangle piece.

Do the same to the other 2 pieces.

Once you’ve done that, you should have this:

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Before assembling the pieces together, use them to trace and cut linings for the inside of your bag, like this:

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To assemble:

  1. Attach the base to the back piece by sewing, the bottom of the back piece (the half-circle is the top end) to one of the long sides of the base.
  2. Attach side piece. To do this, start by sewing one of the short sides of the side piece and one of the short side of the base piece together. Proceed to go up the back piece and back down the other side, to where the the back and base piece are sewn together. Attach the last 2 short sides of the side and back piece together. You should have something like this:

3. Attach the front piece. Make sure to leave an opening long enough for your zipper! Do not sew the zipper in yet!

4. Sew your lining together. Don’t forget the opening for the zipper! Do not sew the zipper in yet!

5. Sew the lining inside and onto the bag.

6. Sew the zipper on to the crochet part of the opening.

This is what you should have now:

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From here, you could either crochet or sew the straps on. I was worried that my bag would look to boring, bland and white, so I decided to sew mine on using the same fabric I used for the lining. The length of the strap will depend on how tall you are and where you want the bag to sit. I am pretty short and I wanted my bag to sit on my lower bag, just above my bum. So, I made my straps about 95cm long each.

Lastly, add any decoration you want!

Here is my finished mini backpack!

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Note: The pattern for the heart is here.

Well, that’s it, you guys! As always, feel free to tag me on my Instagram if you made this bag! By the way, I’m a  lot more active on my IG, so please follow me there!

Note: Please credit me as the designer when you make or sell any finished item you make from my pattern. You cannot reproduce or sell any of my patterns.

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