Monday, September 1, 2008

Mini Backpack Tutorial

Start with a piece of cardstock measuring 10 1/4" x 5 1/4". Score lengthwise at 3 1/2". Turn and score the short side at 3", 4 3/4", 7 3/4" and 9 1/2". Cut the sections for the bottom of the box, up to the score line, as shown above.

You'll need additional pieces of cardstock for the pocket, pocket flap and backpack flap.

Pocket is 3" x 2". Score at 1/4" and 1/2" on three sides. Cut corners off as shown above.

Pocket flap is 1 1/2" x 2". Score at 1/4" and 1/2" on one long side only.

Backpack flap is 2 15/16" x 2 1/2. Score at 1/2" on long side only. (Not to confuse you, but you could cut this piece 3" x 2 1/2" if it is easier, then cut a fraction of the edge off so it fits inside the backpack).

This little backpack is basically a 2,4,6,8 box with a flap and a little pocket added to the front. If knowing that is makes this project easier for you, it won't be so overwhelming. You know how easy a 2,4,6,8 box is, this one is 3, 1 3/4, 3, 1 3/4! You CAN make this!