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Kids' Adventure-Ready Backpack

Instill a love of nature and the great outdoors in kids with this easy-to-create fabric backpack filled with fun tools for little explorers.

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Materials Needed:

  • canvas or duck cloth cut to 12" x 35"
  • for 2 straps: 23" x 3" pieces of same material
  • canvas for front pockets
  • sewing machine
  • sewing pins
  • empty, clean pint or jelly jars with two-piece lids
  • sticker paper
  • window screen
  • small wooden picture frame
  • staple gun
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • tin snips
  • (2) 6"x 6" luan squares
  • paint pens or craft paint and paintbrush
  • cardboard and newsprint
  • bungee cord or large rubber band

Create Backpack Body

On 12" x 35" piece of canvas, measure 14-1/2 inches up from the bottom of longer end and fold fabric up to this point.

Press and Sew Straps

Press in strap edges 1/4-inch, then fold in half. Stitch up both side of strap.

Attach Top of Straps

Insert straps 2-1/2-inches above fold on inside of bag and pin in place, then stitch up both sides of backpack.

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