If you have an old pair of jeans lying around, you can sew a unique backpack for yourself in just a matter of minutes. Even for the homeschoolers, this is a great way to motivate your kids for the new school year!
Things You'll Need:
Old pair of jeans
Old bandanna or necktie
Cut a pair of jeans off 2 inches below the crotch. Measure so that the jeans are the same length on both sides.
Measure two long strips from the legs of the jeans. They should be the width you want doubled, plus 1 inch for a seam allowance. Cut each piece. Fold each strip wrong side together. Sew in a ½-inch seam. Turn right-side out.
Turn the jeans wrong-side out. Pin one end of the strap on each side of the jeans. Stitch across the bottom. Remember to back stitch. For reinforcement, stitch the seam again.
Pull the backpack and straps right-side out. Use a straight pin to gently ease out the corners.
Pin the loose end of each strap on the inside after pulling them over the top of the jeans. Fit the backpack on your shoulders. Adjust the length of the strap, if necessary. Sew it in place with two rows of stitching.
Thread an old bandanna through the belt loops to make the drawstring closure. Or, if you have an old necktie and would prefer to use it, that works as well. Purchase cording too, if you prefer.
Add patches to personalize your backpack. Or, you can embroider your name on it. Another option is sewing trimmings on it. Yet another idea is using fabric paints to decorate your backpack.