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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.

Posted by San from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States • Published See San's 5 projects »
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  • How to make a backpack. Stuffed Animal Backpack - Step 1
    Step 1

    Find a stuffed animal. I found this bear at Goodwill for less than a dollar.

    (It had an ugly plaid bow tied on it, which I promptly ripped off of it. Now it looks better ^_^)

  • How to make a backpack. Stuffed Animal Backpack - Step 2
    Step 2

    Eww. Wash the stuffed animal.

    (Unclean plushies are gross. Just throw it in the washing machine with some other laundry.)

    DO NOT PUT IT IN THE DRYER!!!

    Stuffing is made of plastic fibers, so if you heat your animal, it will burn up and melt and be ruined. No one wants that.

  • Step 3

    Allow your plushie to air dry for a little while.

  • Step 4

    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.

  • How to make a backpack. Stuffed Animal Backpack - Step 5
    Step 5

    Next, rip the innards of your poor little animal right out!

    It may be a little wet from the washer, but no big deal. (It just feels gross.)

  • How to make a backpack. Stuffed Animal Backpack - Step 6
    Step 6

    Next, check and see if your animal's limbs are open to the body. If they are (like mine) I suggest that you sew them up to prevent stuffing from coming out of the arms and legs since the belly is now empty.

  • How to make a backpack. Stuffed Animal Backpack - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut circles from scrap fabric to cover the holes.

  • How to make a backpack. Stuffed Animal Backpack - Step 8
    Step 8

    Sew them in place.

  • How to make a backpack. Stuffed Animal Backpack - Step 9
    Step 9

    Yay. One down. Continue for all leg/arm holes.

    Make sure the head has enough stuffing, and then cut a larger circle and sew the neck up as well.

  • How to make a backpack. Stuffed Animal Backpack - Step 10
    Step 10

    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.

  • How to make a backpack. Stuffed Animal Backpack - Step 11
    Step 11

    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.)

  • How to make a backpack. Stuffed Animal Backpack - Step 12
    Step 12

    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.

  • How to make a backpack. Stuffed Animal Backpack - Step 13
    Step 13

    Turn the bear/lining right-side-out again, and tuck the lining inside.

    If all went well, you see the good seam and your lining is almost completely secured to the bear.

    Now, it's time to neatly slip-stitch the rest of the way up the lining.

  • How to make a backpack. Stuffed Animal Backpack - Step 14
    Step 14

    Ta dah. The lining is finished.

  • Step 15

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mizu n.
mizu n. · 2 projects
I'm a little bit of a newbie on this, so I'd like to ask: it'd be better a zipper or something else to close the bag-bear? o.ò thank you so much for this how-to. I've been longing for a plushie bag and now I can do it myself ;3 thank you very much really <3
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Christine  B.
Christine B. · 6 projects
thanks so much for posting this. I just realized this would be really useful for making a cosplay accessory.
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Erin F.
Erin F. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US
"...rip the innards of your poor little animal right out!"

I don't know if I have the heart to do that especially to ones I already have, but if I ever find a cute cheap one one day I'll have to try this. He'll proably just end up as a secret storage stuffie. I have issues with germs and he would just get gross in public. Stuffies need love and I can't love one him if his gross.

If you weren't gonna use the stuffing again, it might have saved one dryin' time to "rip his innards out" prewash.
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<munchkin>.
<munchkin>. · Plantation, Florida, US · 2 projects
this seems like a very cool project, hope you finish it soon!
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San
San · King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, US · 5 projects
The bear didn't change color in the wash. *laughs* It's a different bear.

I have also heard that you can wash your stuffed animals in a tied-up pillowcase to keep them from being washed too vigorously (but I haven't tried it personally).
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San
San · King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, US · 5 projects
Yes, the bear changes color >.<

I didn't think of posting the project here until I had already started tearing the bear apart, so, when I started working on the second bear, I took some beginning photos.
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Arty Kitkat
Arty Kitkat · St Albans, England, GB · 61 projects
This is cool. I can't wait for part 2 Happy
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Lucia
Lucia · San Luis Obispo, California, US · 6 projects
I don't know if this works better or worse but my mom taught me to wash stuffed-animals in a pillow case. (might prevent color change Happy) Anyway, maybe I'll try this, looks really cute.
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Cupcake girl
Cupcake girl · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 28 projects
Nice idea! I like it!
p.s. Haha! the bear changes color!
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