Kinsey’s Easy ReStyled Fall Backpack

6a00d8358081ff69e2017ee4a4e153970d-800wiI've been in the mood for some new fall wardrobe pieces, so I decided to make my own! I stitched this little backpack from a lined men's plaid shirt I thrifted. Here's how: Backpack collageSupplies: Plaid button up shirt, scissors, sewing machine lace ribbon or thin rope.

1. Begin by cutting off the sleeves, neckline, and (depending on the size of the backpack) the botton of the shirt. Stitch up the sides and bottom so that it creates a bag. 2. Next, create a loop on the top of the back with both ends open so that you can thread some type of ribbon or rope ribbon through. We used a lace ribbon for our backpack. Once you've thread the ribbon through, flip the back right side out. 3. With the remaining fabric from the sleeves, sew two straps that are roughly 20×2 inches. 4. Lastly, stitch them to the backpack by attached the two top ends on top of one another and the other ends on opposite sides.Backpack collageBackpack collagexoxo. Kinsey

  • I’m in love with the pineapple notebook Sara! I am definitely going to try it!

  • it’s so awesome! 🙂
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  • So cute! I’m gonna have to make one! Also, I LOVE the sweater. Please let me know where I can get one!

  • Great ideas here. I really like the lace pockets skirt and the plaid shirt with elbows.

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  • Very fun. I’m a sucker for cute bags. Lovin plaid for fall.

  • Welp, that’s the cutest thing I ever did see. I personally, would have had a hard time cutting into that bad boy…

    But kuddos to Kinsey!


  • I am going to make this for my daughter (who is in college) for Christmas. She will be “wow”d”! Off the subject, I would love to know where Elsie got her red mary jane shoes that I see in some pictures. I am kinda obsessed with them!

  • Great restyling!
    I looking for a backpack, maybe i must look in my closet for old clothes!

  • Wow. Perfect idea. Great like X/mass present.

    Have a nice day.

  • This is amazing! Such a brilliant project!

  • Oh you make it look so easy! That’s really cool idea. I would change the strap by leather strap to make it longer and more “hipster” 😀

  • This is a genious idea! And cheaper than buying a new bag, esp if you already have an old shirt/jacket you dont wear anymore.

  • Another item to add to the thrift list this weekend! I’m thinking my SIL would love one of these for Christmas.

  • love the backpack Kinsey! So cute- I’m inspired!!

  • I love the back pack! Can’t wait to make this. Also – where do we get that sweater Kinsey is wearing?!

  • Love the DIY bag and outfit! The fabric/shirt is so perfect for fall 🙂

  • Such a fantastic idea! This is a great way to save money too, since uniquely patterned backpacks can be so expensive.

  • This is such a good idea! I’m trying to wear backpacks instead of shoulder bags so that my back doesn’t get so sore (that makes me sound so old) and I’d love to make this to put my books in 🙂

  • It looks so cute and it’s such a clever idea! I would have never come up with it, thanks for sharing!

  • This is so cute! Absolutely perfect for fall!


  • This is so clever. I love Kinsey’s sweater.


  • I agree that with a tiny bit of alteration it would make a smashing grand tote bag! Love that idea!

  • wow, I wouldn’t have thought to make a shirt into a backpack
    looks really good

  • I don’t usually wear a backpack for any reason, but this idea will be great for a tote or other bag! Also, great sweater!

  • Cute idea, Kinsey! Also, that sweater. Because, obviously.

    Talia Christine

  • The backpack is so cute! I will try to make one of my own. I also love the sweater Kinsey is wearing. Do you know where she got it?

  • So cute, I actually have a blue mens sweater exactly like this and I thinking I might give it a bash 🙂 Also, I love the top Kinsey is wearing! <3

  • The backpack is super cute! Where is Kinsey’s sweater from? And those boots!? Love!

  • Super cute! I also just want to say how much I love those boots you are wearing.
    Almost Endearing

  • Love love love your blog…so much it inspired me to create my very own. Thank you for creating a place of happiness & inspiration :))
    Just getting it up & running…more content to follow 🙂

  • What an adorable bag! I just can’t get enough plaid flannel this year, it seems.

  • I’m a total backpack girl. They are just so much more comfortable, better for your back, and super for bike rides when compared to over-the-shoulder bags (oh, and they don’t wedge into your boobs either!).
    I love this 🙂

    Alli xx

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