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QUESTION:  What do you get when you blend a Backpack with a Hoodie?

ANSWER:  Function with Fashion!

While it's easy for the weather to change, it's not so easy to remember to stuff a hat into your backpack.  By adding a hoodie directly to your backpack, you willl always have something to keep your head warm.

This Instructable uses basic sewing skills and shows how to create a hoodie and then attach it to an existing backpack.

Let's get started...

 
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Step 1: Gather Materials

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For this instructable I wanted to use two different colors to distinguish between the interior (tan) and exterior (black) of the hoodie and so the materials include:
  • 12" (of 44-45" fabric) in the color that you want to appear when hoodie is on the head.
    •  I wanted BLACK to be exposed when the hoodie is on my head, and used a heavy flannel
       
  • 12" (of 44-45" fabric) in the color that you want to appear when hoodie is not on the head
    • I wanted TAN to blend with the backpack when the hoodie is not on my head, and used a t-shirt knit
  • 72" bootlace, or cord to act as a drawstring
Because this instructable is modifying an existing backpack, you will also need...
  • Backpack
  • Sewing machine, or needle & thread
  • Straight Pins, Scissors, Paper/Pencil

 


Step 2: Decide on the type of Hoodie

The easiest way to create a hoodie is to liberate one from an existing jacket and skip Steps 3-6.

Another solution is to trace the outline of an existing hoodie, and add 1/2" to all sides of the traced pattern, along with 3" at the bottom (where it will connect to a backpack), thus skipping Step 3.

For this Instructable, the first two solutions were not practical as I wanted something that had the insulation quality of 2 hoodies combined.    As a result I created a pattern (Step 3) that has the addition of a center panel.  Not only does it reduce the bulkiness associated with wearing two hoodies but it also has a nicer appearance when not in use.
heyster1 year ago
where did you get your backpack. I like the buckles with leather straps. very sturdy with the heavy canvas backpack, well i think its canvas. i hope to find something similar.
kcli (author)  heyster1 year ago
I got it at the thrift store. It's not as sturdy as it looks as it is made of nylon
stephenf1 year ago
Possibly sewing another hood reversed so the pack can have a rain guard / rain hood, too.
kcli (author)  stephenf1 year ago
Yeah...that would make great protection for a books/papers!
danny61141 year ago
If you could insert a piece of waterproof fabric inside, then make a flap that covers the top of the backpack as well, rain would be a mere inconvenience. Just a thought.
kcli (author)  danny61141 year ago
Good idea! I didn't think of that because I live in dry, drought ridden Colorado.
danny6114 kcli1 year ago
I live in Missouri and it's been awfully dry here as well, nearly 8" below normal, seems to be a trend, doesn't it?
kcli (author)  danny61141 year ago
Unfortunately yes. To date we have received only 2/3 of the moisture we need (9" instead of 14"). We finally woke up to some snow, but it was the fluffy kind that hardly counts as moisture. Oh we'll, at least it covers the yellowed grass.
sunshiine1 year ago
This is very nice and I agree the pin cushion is awesome as well! I see a winner!
Sunshiine
kcli (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thanks, Pinhead should've entered a contest...he's becoming popular.
This is a coming home from the bus stop in the rain after you forgot to bring an umbrella because you never checked the weather that morning because you didn't wake up soon enough miracle!!!!!!!
kcli (author)  jackjackboom1 year ago
Ha ha...just don't forget to attach it to your backpack
I love your pin cushion! How did you make it?
kcli (author)  cattibalistic1 year ago
Actually my twin sister made it. The hardest part was finding the head with such a great expression!

She found the doll at a garage sale and carved it's cranium(?) off the top. She then and covered a round piece of florist foam with fabric, and glue gun'd it into place.

You'll have to give it a try...

IdahoDavid1 year ago
A clever idea and one I have not seen before. Extremely marketable, I would think.
kcli (author)  IdahoDavid1 year ago
Thanks for the kind words. ;-)
Nice idea! This would really be handy for people like me who like to wear hats, but then get too hot and take them off and then almost lose them because I just have to hold it till I decide to wear it again :D
kcli (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Good point!
CaseyCase1 year ago
Nice idea.
kcli (author)  CaseyCase1 year ago
;-) thanks for the kind comment!
I love this idea, and also your pincushion and ironing board. :D
kcli (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
Awww thanks. (You made the pincushion blush)