“mi elefante” mochila- Toddler Backpack

This week I made a toddler-sized backpack for Eli. It was a super fun project for me and I already have an idea for a second one I want to make. I’m kicking myself for somehow losing track of the tutorial I used to make this. I thought I had pinned it, but when I went back to find it to add the link to this post it wasn’t there. A very similar tutorial can be found here however.

I used a well loved pair of linen pants whose seam had split irrepairably for the body of the bag, and the shirt that I gave my husband the first Christmas after we had met for the straps and front pockets.

I embroidered the words “mi elefante” and added a patch with an embroidered elephant to the front.

After I had sewn the front and the back of the bag together I found that I had accidentally used the wrong side of the back fabric piece. The linen is the same on either side, but as this fabric used to be a pair of pants there was the seam from the inside of the pant leg already sewn into the material.

I decided instead of picking it apart and sewing it together again to embellish the seam with embroidery floss. I liked the effect.

I didn’t have any fabric pens that would show up on this fabric so I wrote out the words “mi elefante” on paper in the size I wanted them to be and then just embroidered it on keeping the letter shapes and sizes as close to the original as possible. There are a couple of letters that appear a little bit wonky to me, but overall I think it worked out okay.

Here you can see the two front pockets a little better. The next backpack I make will use the back pockets from these same pants. They button shut. I may end up going back in on this one to add some sort of closure for these pockets as well.

I wish I had a photo of Eli wearing this as it’s really cute on him. But he is napping, and it will be dark out by the time he wakes up.  I want to get this posted today so the chair gets to be the model this time around.



Eli woke up a bit earlier than expected, and the days seem to be getting a bit longer. He went out to play in the flower pots and I snapped a few pictures. 🙂 Here are the least blurry ones.

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  1. ReStitch Me said,

    March 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I love this! I will have to make one of these for my granddaughter. The embroidery is perfect too!

    • March 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks! They are super fast to stitch up. I’d love to see the one you make for your granddaughter when you are done.

  2. Caroline said,

    March 4, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Very cute! I like the idea of reusing old clothes as well.

  3. March 4, 2012 at 6:45 am

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  4. Elena said,

    March 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    That is darling! What a great idea to repurpose old pants!

  5. March 6, 2012 at 3:21 am

    This is too cute! I would love for you to stop by and Link up at my Link Party via: http://www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful

  6. March 7, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Cute idea! Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

    • March 7, 2012 at 7:05 am

      Thank you, Beth! I just visited your blog and really am hungry after reading your pancake day post. I tried to leave you a comment there but couldn’t get past the word verification.

  7. March 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Cute!!! Love the elephant patch!

  8. Jill said,

    March 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Great backpack and wonderful upcycle! I made both my girls bags like these -and they love them! Great job on yours!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  9. Melanie said,

    March 9, 2012 at 7:42 am

    It looks so great on him! Excellent job! Thanks for sharing at Things I’ve Done Thursday! http://www.bearrabbitbear.com

  10. Natasha said,

    March 9, 2012 at 11:03 am

    love the embroidered words

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday.
    Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow

    Natasha xxx


  11. March 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    going to feature this adorable back pack tonight on Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday! Feel free to grab a “featured button”. 🙂

  12. May 5, 2012 at 4:44 am

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