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My Little Kitty Backpack DIY

My Little Kitty Backpack //

My Little Kitty Backpack //

My Little Kitty Backpack //

I don’t usually know what I’m doing when I sew, but I do like to experiment. That’s how I came up with this My Little Kitty Backpack DIY (yeah… My Little Pony was on in the background when I named this, hee). It works perfectly for my little preschool girl. She asked for a kitty backpack, and that’s what I tried to make (sorta has a raccoon feel, but she loves it). Below I’ve attempted to share how I made it. Mostly I just guessed and it worked.

my little kitty cat backpack //


- 1/2 yard duck cloth

- 1/2 yard pretty fabric

- 1/2 yard oil cloth

- 1/8 yard of dark grey felt

- 1/8 yard of white felt

- One teensy piece of pink felt

- A small piece of blue yarn

- 1.5 yards of one inch wide belting trim

- 2: one inch wide strap adjusters

A quick how-to:

- First a note: all of these sizes can be adjusted and changed to make the perfect backpack for you. This size fits my little 3.5-year-old nicely. PLUS, I freehand cut the curves/eyes/nose/tail. PLUSandalso: I have totally taught myself to sew and make up all sorts of sewing terms, since I’m usually guessing how to make somethin’. What I’m trying to say: these instructions are crazy.

Fabric cuts:

- Interior of the backpack: Cut two 12″ wide by 13.5″ high pieces of oil cloth.

- Outer section of the backpack: Cut out two 13″ wide by 14″ high rectangle fabric pieces of both the duck cloth and pretty fabric.

- Pocket: Cut out a 6″ x 6″ piece of duck cloth and pretty fabric.

- Cat tail: Cut a 10″ by 12″ piece of duck cloth. Freehand cut 5 piece of dark grey felt.

- Cat face flap: cut a 13″ wide by 7″ high piece of duck cloth and oil cloth. Freehand cut 4 pieces of duck cloth in triangle shapes. Freehand cut 2 white fleece triangle pieces. Freehand cut two 2 inch circles of white felt. Freehand cut two 1 inch circles of dark grey felt. Cut a cute little piece to make the nose for the kitty, from the pink felt.

- Backpack straps: Two 11″ by 6″ pieces of oil cloth.

What I did:

my little kitty cat backpack //

- Place the interior of backpack oil cloth right sides together. Sew a 1/2 inch seam around the two 13.5″ sides + one 12 inch side. On the 13.5″ sides, only sew up to 12.5 inches (the extra inch will be folded back and sewn).

- Pin the wrong sides of the duck cloth and pretty fabric together, from the exterior backpack cuts. Repeat with the other exterior backpack fabric.

my little kitty cat backpack //

- Fold the edges, about 1/2 inch fold, of the cut pocket fabrics in and stitch. Pin the pocket into the center of one of the exterior backpack pinned pieces. Sew the pocket on.

my little kitty cat backpack //

- For the cat face flap: grab the cut cat face flap fabric pieces, sew the eyes and nose onto the duck cloth. Stitch the little mouth (in the shape of an upside down “v”). Place the right side pieces together freehand sew a curve (to make the cat face shape). Trim the extra fabric, then flip the inside out.

- Sew the triangle ear pieces together. Flip inside out.

- Freehand sew a cat tail shape. Trim and flip inside out.

my little kitty cat backpack //

- Grab the exterior backpack and sewn interior backpack pieces. With the pretty fabric facing out (and the interior backpack piece in the center), fold in the edges of the pretty fabric and pin to the sewn oil cloth. Pin two 12″ pieces of the belting trim to the bottom of the backpack. Pin the tail in between the belting pieces. Sew the two long sides and and the bottom of the backpack.

my little kitty cat backpack //

- Fold the backpack strap oil cloth into 1.5 inch sections (right side facing out) and pin. Add a small 4 inch piece of belting strip to the base of each strap, loop into the back of the strap adjusters, and pin to the strap. Stitch the strap/belting strip together.

- Fold in the fabric on the top of the backpack. Pin the cat face flap, straps, a 6 inch loop handle, and ears to the top. Sew, and you’re done!

My Little Kitty Backpack //

It’s not the most perfect sewing project, but it turned out very cute and my kiddo loves it!

- Chelsey

Back to School Party!

Hello all! I hope you guys are enjoying the holiday weekend! We certainly are. My kiddo will be starting preschool soon and I’ve noticed a bunch of fun Back to School Party inspirations wandering around the inter-webs. I love the idea of turning a sort of bummer-time (no more playing in the sun and back to math problems) situation into a celebration of growing up and moving on to the next school adventure! I’m sharing just a couple of my favorite Back to School Party inspirations below… enjoy!

Pencil Cake Push Pops from Bakerella.

Apple Paper Plates from Spaceships and Laser Beams.

 Paper Cookies from Party Love.

Bobbing for Doughnuts Game from Duke and Duchesses.

 Paperclip Chain Necklaces from Lunch Pails & Lipstick.

Vintage Flashcards Garland (with free printable) from Confetti Sunshine.

 School Supply Cake from Kara’s Party Ideas.

 Honeycomb Apples from One Charming Party.

- Chelsey

Valentine’s Card: You’re a reel catch!

You're a reel catch

My kiddo is in preschool…. SO that means Valentines cards! I know I’m more excited about these cards and this whole “holiday” than Miss R, but I know she’ll get more excited on the day. Why? Well, she’ll get a ton of candy. AND, in my kiddo’s world… candy = a good day.

The hardest part of this whole project: getting my child to participate and smile for this photo. She was happy one minute, then I mention taking her photo and it all went downhill. I eventually bribed her with a piece of chocolate. I got ONE sorta smile (see above) and MANY grumpy photos (see last photo).

You're a reel catch valentine

How to do it:

- Get your kiddo to hold a stick (maybe a broom) and take a photo. We had an old dowel, so that worked. This will help you place the fishing pole (aka stick).

- If you’d like, add the wording “You’re a reel catch!”, or “You’re reel neat!” to the image in photoshop or another photo editing program. OR, you can just handwrite this out on a piece of card stock and tape it to the photo.

- Use an x-acto knife to cut a couple slits to slip in the fishing pole (the sticks I had came from an old floral display). Tape the sticks on the back of the photo to make it more secure.

You're a Reel catch valentine

- Tie a string on the end of the fishing pole, and the other end of the string to a piece of candy. I purchased some swedish fish and individually wrapped them up in saran wrap.

you're a reel catch valentine

- Print out my free Trout Printout (right and left). Cut them out and tape them to each side of the swedish fish.

trout free printout

- Done!

The whole assembly of this project took about 1 hour (maybe a little longer since kiddo was “helping”). Cost was around $8 for 20 Valentines. Even though this photo below is super grumpy/sassy… I think it’s my favorite. This is pretty much a look she gives me EVERY day. We’ll save these special Valentines for her BFF’s. Hee.

youre a reel catch valentine

- Chelsey

P.S. if you make this Valentine, please share a photo link in the comments below! I’d love to see it.

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: Currently, on the mend.

The husband is past his flu… sorta. He’s still exhausted! This virus was rough, and I’ve heard this fever has been going around. It lasts for days and you feel the aftermath for quite a while. I’m still healthy and hopefully it stays that way! I’m so happy the kiddo’s fever only lasted 2 days… since she started preschool last week! She was so excited. I cried (I was excited, too).


Obsessing over: Keeping healthy. Each day my husband was sick last week, I’d take the kiddo and myself out of the house. For the whole day. I did not want to catch that flu, and just in case it was different than what R had on New Years… I didn’t want her to get sick, again.

Working on: A combination of things. Working on some DIY’s for Better Homes and Gardens, custom illustration orders, and prepping for Alt Summit. I’m speaking on a panel (with these ladies: Capree, Melanie, and Victoria) about landing your dream contributor gig. Are you coming to Alt?

Thinking about: Everything. I took a break from thinking over the holiday… it was fantastic. Now it’s like aaaalllll my thoughts that I pushed back during Christmas… are coming in fast and all jumbled. Ha! I purchased a planner last week, time to put that thing to use and get organized! It’s from Mom Agenda. I’m pretty thrilled about this planner (being organized is awesome). I call her Magenda.

Anticipating: Kiddo started preschool last week, and this week she starts a new dance class. She’s done dance before, it was sort of a mommy and me dance. Mom’s participated. This time: no mommy. Practicing to be in class, listening to a teacher, for 45 minutes. It’s a 3 to 4 year old class. I can only imagine it is EXTREMELY adorable to watch. SOooooo, I’m going to have to sneak a peak a few times… because yeah. Adorable.

Listening to: My Little Pony. R get’s to choose 2 cartoons in the morning… it’s usually My Little Pony. Ha!

Drinking: Nothin. I should go get a glass of water. Nah, forget that! I need some caffeine. Oh goodness. It’s 9:30 am, and I haven’t had caffeine!

Wishing: Now I’m wishing I had a cup ‘o coffee in my hand. Gotta go!

- Chelsey

P.S. As usual, if you do a currently post… I’d love to see it! See what you’re up to. You can share a link in the comments. Happy Monday!


{If you have a Wordless{ish} Wednesday, please feel free to link it up below. And, feel free to link up to these blogs too… Parenting by DummiesProject AliciaJenni from the BlogBree: his honey and her mommy, and Live and Love Outloud.