The Search for a Clear Backpack…

The Littlest Pet Shop Case

My daughter starts school August 30th and the only thing we were missing was a clear or mesh backpack. My criteria for this: it needs to at least appear that it will stay together longer than a week and it needs to be “girly” (my daughter wanted a pink one). We looked at Target, nothing. I was told that Walgreen’s had them on sale 2 for $10.00. So I went to Walgreens not only did they look cheap but they were all little boys colors (black, blue, brown, and red). I then went to Wal-Mart (not my favorite store but desperate times call for desperate measures) but they were out and when I asked they said the new shipment was due anytime between now and the 6th of September. I decided fine I will just order it on-line. The backpack I found was clear with black trim but I refuse to pay more than $20 for something that will more and likely fall apart in two weeks (sorry, Jansport but $32.00 for a clear pink backpack was a little too steep.) I decided that we would just order it soon but it more and likely would not make it for the first day of school. I was disappointed, because I really wanted to get her a backpack for the first day of school but the thought of traveling all over town literally kept me up at night. Sunday morning I walked into my daughter’s bedroom and there was this clear plastic container that was shaped like a backpack.
My brain went into overdrive – WAIT! I COULD MAKE A BACKPACK!  I grabbed the carrying case (that once was used to hold Littlest Pet Shops) and ran to the pantry to see if her lunchbox would fit.  It did!  I was so excited I then decided to carefully dismantle the backpack and sew it back together with extra pockets and stuff.  My first challenge was to find straps for the backpack.  I went searching through my daughter’s closet (she had to have something I could use) I found and old Disney Princess backpack and the straps were pink!

A picture of the backpack before I sewed them together.

I went through and removed the zipper and the binding (bias tape) off the bag very carefully.  I then found another old plastic container and took that apart for the plastic (vinyl).  Once everything was separated I faced a dilemma, pull out the sewing machine and risk ripping the plastic (vinyl) or sew it by hand.  I chose to sew it by hand.  The first thing I did was attach the straps (I am aware this should have been one of the  last steps but I wanted to ensure sewing it by hand would work).  I then cut the pocket for the front out and decided to add a pocket for pencils and miscellaneous items.  I add Littlest Pet Shop Fabric to the top of each pocket (to act as bias tape) and hand sewed that together.  Once I added the front pocket to the front part of the bag I was ready to assemble.  I realized I needed to add vinyl to the bag (it needed to be the width of the zipper, so it would fit correctly.)  Once that was added I was ready to install the zipper (by hand).  I turned the inside out (which was a chore) and proceeded to install the zipper.  Once the zipper was completely installed I used the bias tape I removed and sewed it over the zipper giving it a little more reinforcement and a finished look.  I turned the backpack right-side out and sewed one last seam with pink thread.  It took twice as much time as I thought would (a day and a half of hand sewing) besides my sore fingers, I am very pleased with how it turned out and I know it will be the only one.

My daughter loves it and it fits wonderfully!

Modeling the backpack!

UPDATE:  I added an additional 2″ to the bag after seeing a clear one in person.  The two inches made it the same size as a normal backpack!  Remember keep those vinyl bags you never know when you will be inspired to make a backpack.

1st Day of School modeling the expanded backpack


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