Today I’m sharing my crochet mini backpack for dolls pattern that creates a small, functional backpack that kids will absolutely L-O-V-E. Kids can hide their little treasures in the mini backpack while they’re doll friends guard and carry them. This free crochet pattern includes the written pattern as well as a step-by-step video tutorial.
This pattern is Week 11 of the Amigurumi Advent Calendar CAL. This free crochet mini backpack pattern was designed to fit my Advent Amy amigurumi doll but it could potentially work with with a variety of different toys. You can join the CAL at anytime. Check out the pattern release schedule for the Amigurumi Advent Calendar CAL to know when each part will be released.
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Missed the previous weeks of the CAL? No problem! You can start any time.
- Week 1: Learn how to crochet an easy doll with this amigurumi crochet doll tutorial for the legs and body.
- Week 2: Learn how to crochet the doll’s head and an easy hair cap for our dolls.
- Week 3: Learn how to crochet the doll’s arms, how to embroider eyelashes and a
nose on amigurumi, add blush to your doll and how to make a DIY advent calendar
- Week 4: Learn how to crochet a shirt for your amigurumi doll
- Weeks 5 & 6: Learn how to crochet a simple skirt and shoes for your doll
- Week 7: Learn how to crochet a t-shirt for your doll
- Week 8: Learn how to crochet overalls for your doll
- Week 9: Learn how to crochet a scarf for your doll
- Week 10: Learn how to crochet a hat for your doll
How do you Crochet a Doll Backpack?
This crochet mini backpack is made in one piece and the only thing that you’ll need to sew on are the buttons. It’s worked from the bottom-up so. we will start by creating the base and body of the bag, adding the straps and then the lid/flap of the backpack.
After creating the lid/flap of the backpack we’ll weave in our ends and sew on the buttons to the front of the bag.
How to Make a Crochet Mini Backpack Keychain
One of my testers made a great suggestion on how you can use this pattern for something other than dolls – add a keychain! If you use bigger buttons and add keychain hardware to this project, you can turn your crochet mini backpack into a keychain. I haven’t included these in the materials list but if you’re wanting to make a keychain version, you’ll need: Keychain hardware, a split ring and, a bigger button size that fits your back pack fastener loops snuggly.
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Where Can I Get a Printable Copy of this Pattern?
- You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free crochet PDF pattern with all three parts of the doll together in one convenient pdf file in my Ravelry and Etsy shop OR
- Buy the Amigurumi Advent Calendar CAL Bundle in my Ravelry or Etsy shops and get this pattern and all the CAL patterns in printable bundle files.
Important Note About The Supply List for this Project:
The supply list shown for this pattern shows the materials needed Weeks 10 – 18 of the Amigurumi Advent Calendar Crochet Along. Not all materials will be used this week. A new/updated material list will be posted starting Week 19. The supply list for Weeks 10 – 18 can be found on any of the previous week’s patterns (links listed above).
Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://theloopylamb.com. Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design. Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.
- U.S. Terminology
- 3.5 mm (E) Furls Crochet Hook
- Brava Worsted Weight Yarn (100% Premium Acrylic, Worsted Weight (4), 218yds/200m, 100g/3.5oz), 1 skein each of:
- Colour A: Cream (or preferred skin colour)
- Colour B: White
- Colour C: Brindle (or preferred hair colour)
- Colour D: Mulberry
- Colour E: Lady Slipper
- Colour F: Denim
- Colour G: Black
- Colour H: Cotton Candy
- Colour I: Dove Heather
- Colour J: Freesia
- Colour K: Seraphim
- Colour L: Rouge
- Colour M: Marina
- Colour N: Almond
- 2 – 9 mm Black Safety Eyes
- 12 – 9 mm Buttons in preferred colour(s)
- Polyester Stuffing
- 1 3/8” Pom Pom Maker or a piece of cardboard
- Tapestry Needle
- Multiple Stitch Markers
- Sewing Thread and Needle
- Sewing Pins (optional but helps make the assembly process easier)
- BLO = Back Loops Only
- BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet
- CH = Chain
- CH SP = Chain Space
- DC = Double Crochet
- FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
- FLO = Front Loops Only
- FO = Finish Off
- HDC = Half Double Crochet
- MC = Magic Circle
- PM = Place Marker/Stitch Marker
- RS = Right Side
- SC = Single Crochet
- SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
- SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
- SK = Skip
- SL ST = Slip Stitch
- SP(s) = Space(s)
- ST = Stitch
- WS = Wrong Side
Special Techniques and Stitches:
- Invisible Finish/Join: FO leaving a long tail. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle. Place the tapestry needle through the top of the 2nd ST from front to back and pull through. Place tip of needle into top of the last ST of the round, under the back loop of the stitch, and pull through to the back of the work. Weave in the end. Learn how to do this with my invisible finish/join tutorial.
- Clothing to fit Advent Amy Doll which is approximately 10.5” tall.
- Clothing: 4 sts across x 6 rows = 1” square.
- Doll: Rounds 1 – 4 of the Leg = 1.5” across at widest point.
- Gauge is important for ensuring that all of the parts of your doll fit appropriately. If you don’t plan to match gauge, ensure that you maintain a consistent tension throughout your project.
- Most of the pieces are worked back and forth in turned rows, unless noted. Read instructions for each piece carefully before starting to crochet.
- For pieces worked in continuous rounds, a stitch marker is used to marker the first ST of the round and is moved up in each consecutive round.
- CH 2 in Round 6 of the body of the bear counts as a ST.
- You may need to fold down the ears of the bear for it to fit into the advent box.
You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern with all three parts of the doll together + 1 outfit in one convenient file in my Ravelry and Etsy shops
Buy the Amigurumi Advent Calendar CAL Bundle in my Ravelry or Etsy shops and get printable versions of all of the CAL patterns at once.
Step-By-Step Video Tutorial For This Pattern
Crochet Mini Backpack for Dolls Pattern
(worked in continuous rounds)
Using Colour E, CH 11.
Round 1: SCINC in the 2nd CH from the hook, SC in the next 8 CHs, 5 SC in the last CH, working on the other side of the chain SC 8, 3 SC in the last CH. (26)
Round 2: SC, SCINC, SC 8, (SCINC, SC 1) x 2, SCINC, SC 8, SCINC, SC, SCINC. (32)
Round 3: Working in the BLO, SC around.
Rounds 4 – 6: SC around.
Round 7: SC 4, BLO SC, working back under both loops SC 6, BLO SC, working back under both loops SC 20. PM in FLO of STs 5 & 11.
Rounds 8 – 13: SC around.
Round 14: SC 6, CH 27, taking care not to twist the chain SL ST in the FLO of the 5th ST of Round 7, SL ST in each CH of the CH 27, SC in the next 8 STs of Round 13, CH 27, taking care not to twist the chain SL ST in the FLO of the 11th ST of Round 7, SL ST in each CH of the CH 27, SC in all remaining STs of Round 13. (32 sts, 2 CH-27 SPs/straps)
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Round 15: SC around.
Row 16: SC 18. Leave remaining STs unworked. CH 1 and turn. (18)
We will now continue to work in turned rows.
Row 17: SC 15. Leave remaining STs unworked. CH 1 and turn. (15)
Rows 18 – 25: SC 15. CH 1 and turn. (15)
Row 26: SC 4, CH 4, SC in the next 7 STs of Row 25, CH 4, SC in remaining 4 STs. (15 Sts, 2 CH-4 SPs)
FO and weave in ends. Using sewing needle and thread, sew a button on the front of the backpack, across from the CH-4 spaces done in Row 26. Use the CH-6 space to fasten the top of the backpack closed by slipping it over the buttons once complete.
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