Heart-Shaped Backpack for your 18 inch doll

backpack_heartHere’s a great way to recycle a mini heart box from Valentine’s day.  Use a small Valentine candy box to make this cute backpack for your 18 inch doll.

You need:

  • Empty Valentine Candy Box (about 6″)
  • Low Temp Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • 15″ scrap of fabric (fleece will work the best since it is stretchy, the ends don’t fray and it is thick enough to cover without seeing through)
  • 12″ of Cotton Batting
  • Red vinyl tape
  • Four pipe cleaners
  • Tacky tacky glue ( Arianna and I swear on Fabric Tac we find that it works best for most projects)
  • Marker


Some boxes will work better than others. The box we used had plastic molded edges that fit nicely together. Boxes with cardboard edges will not work as well.

With the box closed, put a piece or red tape along one edge. This should work like a hinge so the  box opens sideways.

Lay box on batting and trace around the outside. Do this two times and cut out both pieces. Lay box on the wrong side of the fabric and trace around. Remove the box, and draw another line 1/4″ around the outside of the line. Cut out on the outer line. Do this again so you have two pieces. Cut two pieces of fleece 1″ by 9″ for the straps

backpack_heart_closeup.gif (11019 bytes)Glue batting to the box top and box bottom with a thin coat of tacky glue. Center fleece on top and glue in place, folding edges around the lip of the box and hot gluing. On the side that will be the back, glue straps to the inside of the box lip. See photo at right for positioning. Glue pipe cleaners around the box lip on both sides to hide excess glue and raw edges.

Thanks to Making friends for sharing this great craft.   Girls share your creations, email us your photo of completed backpack.  Happy crafting! :)


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