Caroline’s Backpack

American Girl Caroline Backpack


Arghh!! I don’t have time to play with dolls today!  I have a to-do list as long as my arm, but I had to show you version two of the backpack! I went on a slider search and, while I didn’t find any of the sliders I used for the first version, I found the perfect buckles for this project!


Buckles for American Girl Doll Backpack Pattern


These buckles are made by Tim Holtz idea-ology.  I think these should be fairly easy to find, at least for now.  I picked them up at Joann for $5.99 (minus 40% off coupon).  I believe Hobby Lobby also carries this brand.  If you must have them and prefer to have them sent right to your door, they are also available on Amazon.


Caroline immediately claimed this bag as her own.  Can’t say as I blame her! I made this one with flannel and trimmed it with faux suede.  I used real leather for some of the straps.  I purchased the leather in a scrap bag at Hobby Lobby.


Caroline claimed this pack.


I punched some holes and set eyelets to finish off the look.  I love how it came out!


Okay, I really, really must go now.  I am hoping to digitize the pattern on Monday for you and perhaps do a step by step sew-along.  Does that sound fun?



8/25/2014 UPDATE!  Download the pattern here:

Free Trendy Backpack Pattern for American Girl Doll


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!


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:




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