Guest Blogger: Playtime with This DIY Doll Backpack Eases Back-to-School Jitters

Hi! It’s Jen from The Smitten Chicken. We are approaching the first day of school, and my kids are so nervous (well, some of them are)! I have one daughter who cried on her last day of preschool. I assumed it was because she was going to miss her friends and teacher. She told me she was crying because it would be a WHOLE summer before she started kindergarten. So, not everyone is nervous, but for my children who have back-to-school jitters, pretend play has been super helpful to get excited about the school year. This 18" Doll Backpack is the perfect accessory for pretending to go to school with a favorite doll friend.

Instructions:

I used flexible foam interfacing to quilt instead of typical batting. The flexible foam interfacing gives the bag more stability.

The fabric I chose is directional. To make sure all of the pieces of the bag are going in the right direction, be careful how you die-cut the pieces. I die-cut the bag front out of one piece of fabric and then die-cut the pockets and sides out of a different piece of the same fabric. You can see that in the picture below.

I also wanted that big aqua flower front and center! I’m excited when my fussy cutting works out.

I used a plain white fabric for the lining. I chose white to match the zipper. I think white accents match this fabric perfectly!

For detailed instructions on how to sew this project, check out Kid Giddy’s YouTube tutorial. She gives you a step-by-step tutorial on how to construct this cute Doll Backpack.

My kids have been pretending about back to school for weeks in preparation for the big day. Our 18" doll friend is dressed up in her cute first-day-of-school outfit. Her new backpack perfectly complements her outfit and gives her confidence as she heads back to school!

No back-to-school playtime would be complete without packing the Doll Backpack. You wouldn’t believe what this backpack can hold! Here are a few of our doll’s back-to-school items. This really gets my kids excited as they see what their doll gets to bring to school.

What fun projects have you found that work for easing back-to-school jitters?

Thanks for following along! If you would like to see more of what I’m up to, you can visit me on Instagram or Facebook or you can check out my blog.

Chirp Out!

Jen

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