Turn any stuffed animal into a cute backpack
I've been wanting a stuffed animal backpack for a while now, and when I saw this bear at Goodwill for only 97 cents, I decided to make my own.
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Allow your plushie to air dry for a little while.
Carefully cut open your bear (or other animal) along the back seam. You should be able to pull the seam apart a little and find the thread holding it together. Just cut the little string and start working the seam apart.
Now, you need to make a lining for your bag.
This is tricky, and you mostly have to guess to get the shape right.
I started out by folding a piece of fabric (about 10 by 18 inches) in half (making it 10 by 9 inches) and then sewing along the short edges, leaving one side folded and the other open.
Then, I tried it out in my bear, and decided to make the edges rounder, so I sewed the corners of the rectangle and cut off the extra fabric.
Remember to leave an opening that matches the size of your bear/animal's seam.
Now for the tricky part - attaching the lining correctly.
Place the lining in the bear, so that when you look it, you see the good seam.
Then, fold one side of the liner and the bear's seam inward and pinch them together like you want them on the finished bag.
Holding that part together, pull the liner out and turn it inside out, so that the good seam is on the outside.
Now, starting where you have the fabric pinched together, place pins to hold the liner in.
Work down one side like that, then sew it.
(This is very confusing, I know. I sewed the liner in right-side-out the first time by accident. If there's a way that works for you, just do it. It's hard to explain.)
Now, to sew the other side.
It's difficult to get to, because the bear's in the way. Unlike a bag, which you can just stuff into the liner inside out to sew, the bear has a stuffed head and limbs to worry about.
Mostly, just do whatever you can to get the other side to match up so you can sew PART OF IT. (You still need to turn the bear right-side-out again, so leave room.)
I stuffed the arms and legs of my bear backwards into the stomach, and left the head out.