Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Blanket to Backpack

Don't you just love rag quilts?!
They are pretty easy to put together, and I love the finished look.
However... this one is not your ordinary rag quilt!

It is actually also a backpack!

Yep!  You've got it!  A rag quilt that folds into a backpack.
I was realizing that my poor son has been left out of many recent projects.  Girls are so much easier to make things for, I think.  So I needed one for poor little Wesley.

Our family will be moving to China in a few months.  I was inspired by the idea of a quillow (quilt that folds into a pillow), thinking that would be perfect for each of the kids on our long flight overseas.
However, the thought came to mind... what if they could also wear it through the airport!
What if it had a pocket to hold their color books, crayons, Nintendo DS, and a snack?

And thus... the Blanket to Backpack was created.

 This is how it works...

Lay out your blanket.

Fold into thirds, by folding each side over the middle third section.
Here is the first side being folded in....

 And here the second side has been folded over top of the first.

See how your pocket is on the under-side of one end?

Turn that end right-side out, folding the pocket so it is pulled to the other side of the quilt.

The pocket is now right-side out... and will look like this.

Now fold the remaining blanket into thirds once again.  Here's the first fold...

And the next.

Now... tuck the blanket folds down into the pocket.

And there you have it!

Your backpack!

Ready to make your own?
Tutorial to come (in two parts... I have LOADS of pictures to walk you through it).
Stay tuned!


  1. Great project! I actually own a quillow that my aunt made me! I would have never thought of making it into a backpack! Would be great for daycare, sleepovers,etc!

  2. That is incredible! I cannot wait for the tutorial.

  3. What a lovely backpack. I'm so impressed. China will always hold a special place in our hearts. We adopted our daughter in 2008 from China.

  4. Thanks everyone! I brought this by my son's class today to show his teacher, and my son just HAD to share it with the entire class. I was getting requests for one from all of the kids. Who would have thought that a blanket would be such a hit with a 6 year old boy!

  5. This is very clever...thanks for sharing!

  6. I love this! I have already bought material to make my grandson a quillow but might do this instead.

  7. LOVE IT! and I can't wait for the tutorials!

  8. How cute! I just found the quillow my aunt made me years ago and was thinking about making something like it for my son...I had never thought of making it into a backpack :)

  9. Very cute! Perfect for taking a blanket it the go.
    Thanks for linking it up as well.

  10. That's a wonderful idea! Waiting for the tutorial

  11. Just found you on the Creative Girls Blog Hop. What a great idea! I made these for my kids when they were small, but didn't think of the straps to make it a backback. Brilliant!

  12. Wow, this is such a great quilt/backpack! So creative. Love the design of the quilt. Staying tuned for the tutorial :)

  13. I love this idea. YOu are very creative.

  14. I love turning quillows into backpacks! Yours is so cute!

  15. GENIUS! MY 2 year old loves LOVES his blankie aka ankie! and this is ideal. Your ideas are just so darling and cheerful. winks- jen

  16. Fantastic project! Can't wait for the tutorials!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  17. That's awesome! I have a quillow a friend's mom made me when I was a kid--this kicks it up a little! Great idea!

  18. This is such a wonderful idea! What a great way to have a little piece of home when you travel! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @

  19. Really love it, how clever, and I'm going to feature it this week on A Crafty Soiree!

  20. I LOVE this! I made myself a quillow when I was a teenager to take on trips, and I always wished it had some sort of handle. I can't wait for your tutorial!

    Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday". I'll be featuring you next week, so be sure to check back and grab a 'featured' button!

  21. love this idea! Thanks for linking up! I so need to make these for my little munchkins!

  22. I finally got the tutorial posted. Thank you all for your sweet comments! And thanks for your patience! :)


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