Hello Kitty Drawstring Backpack

Awhile ago I had posted about wanting to make something for my niece with some Japanese Hello Kitty fabric I had purchased.  Not long after that, I saw some cute drawstring backpacks that Amy had made (check them out at Stitchery Dickory Dock) for her girls. I knew as soon as I saw them that it was exactly what the Hello Kitty fabric was supposed to be.

She had used Jeni’s tutorial for her lined drawstring bag that has been everywhere in blog land. Around Christmas everyone was whipping these up to put their gifts in instead of wrapping paper.

So I based my drawstring backpack on Jeni’s tutorial, with a few modifications as suggested by Amy.

In the original tutorial the bag is 13 inches tall by 10.5 inches wide. I made mine 15 inches by 11.5 inches. So, I cut the main exterior fabric 10 inches by 11.5 inches and the coordinating exerior fabric 5 inches by 11.5 inches.

This then made the lining piece 14.5 inches by 11.5 inches.

For the straps I made them wider and longer than the original tutorial. I cut the material 4 inches by 57 inches. I used Jeni’s method to fold and sew them, so when they were done they were 1 inch wide.

I was worried about how I was going to sew the straps into the bottom corners. But in the end, it was easy peasy.

I just followed all the directions (on Jeni’s tutorial) and before sewing the interior lining closed I seamripped one inch in the bottom corners, inserted the straps and then resewed it. It worked beautifully.

I can’t wait to mail this to Lana, and am even more excited to get a picture of her wearing the backpack.

– erica