Wednesday, October 21, 2009

$1.00 Doll Backpack--a Dollar Store Recycle


An odd, but very soft and supple, handbag from the dollar store looked like just the thing for doll accessories. I changed a few seams and made the perfect backpack for Felicity to wear back to school!
Fits 18 1/2" dolls.
1. I removed the straps and lining and opened the side seams to lay the purse flat, then snipped off the melted jewels.
2. The purse was 5 1/2" wide and 2" deep. I re-cut one side to make the backpack size 4" wide by 2" deep, and restitched the sides.
3. I made a 1 " slit in the center of the upper edge, then hemmed the slit with a tiny hem. I stitched down a " hem all around the top for a casing, making it 4" high.
4. I used the existing 8 1/2" purse handles for the straps, stitching them next to each other at the center back, 1/2" from the finished top. The bottom ends were stitched 1" apart at center back, 3/4" above the bottom edge. Slightly longer straps would be even better!

5. To finish I threaded a black shoelace from my stash through the casing to draw the top closed. She's ready for school!

4 comments:

  1. Love it!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-backpack-for-18-doll-from-dollar-store-purse/2009/10/22/
    --Anne

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  2. do you allow pictures from this site to be pinned on Pinterest? shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

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