Bunny-Shaped Drawstring Backpack
These bunny backpacks were a huge hit around Easter time, and kids LOVE them.
Here is the beauty of this project: Its easy enough that kids over the age of about 8 can learn to make themselves one. This gives you a chance to use something they are really excited about for some incognito learning and bonding time.
Also, the ears and tail can be modified/removed to make other animals. I had one girl in a Spring Break Sewing Camp decide that she wanted to make a "uni-bunny" and added a unicorn horn to the bag. It actually turned out super cute and she was so excited that she was allowed to be as creative as she wanted and "color outside of the lines."
This is your friendly reminder to let your kid experiment with their sewing! This is a creative outlet, after all. If we keep them within certain rules, they will get burnt out and not enjoy the art as much as they could!
I am also working on a unicorn version of this bag (inspired by this little girl) and it should be posted soon (hopefully!). But, you can make little bears and horses, etc., by just changing the shape of the ears and tail!
Lets awaken YOUR creativity!
What to cut:
Bunny Backpack Pattern
- 1/2 yard of your main fabric
- Trim to two 13”x13” pieces. Our precut pieces have 2 rounded corners on each square, giving the piece a “gumdrop” shape. You can make this shape by cutting 2 corners if you wish.
- 1/4 yard of your accent fabric
- Trim to two 7”x14” pieces
- Also cut 4 bunny ear shapes. Each about 2”x7”
- 4 yards paracord
- Trim to 2 equal lengths of 2 yards
- 6 inches cotton webbing, 1/2 to 1 inch wide
- Trim to 2 equal lengths of 3 inches
- A fluffy pom-pom for the tail, we used a big 3" pom-pom
- If your fabrics are extremely wrinkly, iron each piece flat. It is a good idea to pre-wash fabrics prior to cutting, if you plan on washing the finished project. This will preshrink the fabrics and keep your project from shrinking.
- First, we are going to make the ears. Line up the edges of two of the ear pieces and pin edges, right sides of fabric together. Do this with the other pair of pieces.
- At the sewing machine, sew along both long edges of both ears, leaving the short “base” of the ear open.
- Turn ears right-side out and iron flat. Then, fold over the long edges of the ears towards the middle of each piece, iron these creases and pin so they will stay folded. This gives the ear a three-dimensional, lifelike look.
- Pin these ears to the right side of the top (flat) edge of one piece of your main fabric, lining up the raw edges and pinning in place. The ears should be positioned about 4 inches from each side of the main piece and should lay on top of the main piece, pointing toward the bottom of the piece.
- Fold the 3 inch webbing pieces in half and pin to the side edges of the pocketed piece, about 7” down from the top edge (edge where the ears are pinned). Line the raw edge of the fabric up with the raw edges of the webbing, with the fold in the webbing facing toward the middle of the piece. Set aside.
- At your ironing board, place the rectangular accent fabric pieces right-side down. Fold over a triangular section that is about 1/2 inch along the long edge of the piece and about 4” down the short edge of the piece. Press flat as you fold these corners.
- Repeat step 7, folding corners over themselves again. Pin these double folded corners in place after pressing.
- Sew these folded corners down by positioning your sewing needle in the middle of the triangle and sewing between the folds the entire length (about 4”).
- Back at the iron, place both accent fabric pieces right-side down. Fold over 1 inch along the top (long edge with the triangle fold) raw edge of both pieces. Press flat as you fold these edges.
- Repeat step 10, folding edges over themselves again. Pin these double folded edges in place after pressing.
- Sew along these folded tops, keeping the stitch line near to the inner folded edge. This creates a tube for our drawstring.
- Pin the main and accent fabrics together, right sides together, by lining up the bottom edges of the accent piece to the top edges of the main piece. This will create a “bunny ear sandwich” on one of your pieces. Pin in place and sew.
- Press these seams up. (Otherwise, the ears will not lay down against the back of the backpack.)
- Pin these new, large fabric pieces together, right sides together, matching long sides and bottom edge.
- Sew along all 3 edges (not the top with the tube that we made), starting and ending at the bottom edges of the tubes that we made.
- Turn right-side-out.
- Hand-sew the bunny tail on the bag. Line it up in the middle of the bottom of the bag.
- Thread the paracord. Start with one piece and tread through one of your fabric tubes at the top of the bag. Then thread that end back through the other fabric tube so that both ends of the paracord piece are coming out of one side of the bag. Put one end through the loop made by your cotton webbing and then tie the ends together.
- Repeat step 19 with your other piece of paracord, but begin threading from the opposite end of the fabric tubes.
- The end! Success!