After I made her new boots, Avery was very grateful, but explained that she really, really, needed a new backpack before school starts next week. She is such a sweet girl, always works hard in school, and gets good grades. Considering that, that I got right to work!
I made Avery’s backpack with baby wale corduroy with microsuede trim and straps. If your American Girl (or any other 18″ doll / similar scale) needs a new backpack, good news! I will be posting the free pattern and tutorial very soon!
8/25/2014 UPDATE! Download the pattern here:
When you click this link, the pattern should open in your web browser, but (this is important) when I printed the pattern directly from my browser, it printed smaller then actual scale.
In order to print the pattern at the correct size, be sure to download the pattern to your computer, open from a pdf viewer (I use Adobe Acrobat, which is free), and print from there. Be sure to choose the option for “Actual Size” when printing. To double check sizing, measure the 1 inch box printed on the pattern. If it measures 1 inch, you’ve got the right size!
Before I publish a tutorial, I want to try it out in a different fabric or two. I also want to scout out the sliders I used for the straps. I’ve had these in my stash for at least a year and I need to check the current availability. I will make a variation in the pattern that doesn’t use sliders, in case they are hard to come by.
[*Update! I went on a slider hunt and found the perfect buckles for this project! Check them out here.]
The pattern contains all the pieces and measurements, but you may need some guidance for construction. If you’re an experienced seamstress, you can probably figure it out, otherwise stay tuned for the tutorial and sew-along! If you’d like an email sent to you when the tutorial and sew-along are ready, please sign up below:
What do you think? Is Avery going to be the most stylish girl in the sixth grade?