Introduction: Domo-Kun Backpack

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Domo-Kun is an adorable geeky icon, hailing from the beautiful land of Japan. So, being the caring enthusiast, I slaughtered him, and used his pelt to make a backpack.

Step 1: What You Need.

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You need some basic items that can be picked up at any JoAnne fabrics. It cost me about 20 bucks.

- Fluffy brown fabric. It is like the stuff that they use for teddy bears. It cost 10 bucks a yard! But I am wise, and I pulled out my 40 percent off coupon!

- Felt. Red, black, and white. It costs about a quarter for a sheet. I used three sheets in total.

- Either a heavy needle and thick thread or a sewing machine.

- Fabric glue.

- Shoulder straps from an old backpack, or store bought straps.

- Zipper. Either from an old backpack, or bought.

- Scissors.

- Pattern for Domo-Kun's face. Take the images from this step, and print them out on an 8x11 (each image needs a full sheet print), then attach together. It's fairly simple; 4 piece jigsaw. My scanner is currently unfunctional, so I improvised!

- Cardboard. You need support in the face, otherwise it droops more than my mom's does. I was thinking about using a foam or plastic, but cardboard is cheap, and easily replaced.

Fabric Buying Tip (eco-tip):

Nowadays, even fabric is getting an eco-boost. Almost every fabric comes with an eco friendly alternative, including felt which is my favorite material ever. This felt is made from recycled plastic bottles!

Look for labels on the fabric that say something like "Eco-Spun". They're easy to spot, and have almost no difference from the regular fabric.

Step 2: Cut Out the Face, and Other Parts

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Put your pattern together, trace, and cut out Domo-Kun's face. Make sure to leave a .5 inch border around your trace. Make sure to cut out the mouth hole.

Also, cut out another "face", except leave out the hole, once again, leave about a .5 inch around the pattern. This second face will act as the back to your back pack.

Last, cut out a very long (I didn't measure) five inch wide strip (or however thick you want your backpack). Make it quite longer than the perimeter of your pack, and trim the excess later.

Step 3: Mouth and Eye Assembly.

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Cut out two sets of teeth. Each set should have four teeth. Leave a long trail on the end, like in the photo.

Arrange the teeth and red fabric underneath the face, so that they show through the mouth hole. Pin in place, and sew the teeth to the red fabric (it doesn't have to be great, the stitching here won't be seen).

Cut out two circles for eyes. You can just "eye" this. I used a spool from some wire for a tracer.

Sew the felt pieces to the face.

Step 4: Sew the Main Pack.

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Sew the face onto the 5-inch long strip. Make sure your seams are strong! This is a backpack, and needs to support weight. I went over my work twice!

Sew the back onto the 5-inch long strip on the other side.

You should have completely closed up your project, and there is absolutely no way to turn it right-side-out, right? Wrong (see next step)!

Step 5: Add Zipper.

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Pin the zipper where you want it, and make a cut in the fabric for the zipper.

Flip the backpack rightside out

Sew in place.

Step 6: Add Straps.

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Cut slits in the backpack for the straps.

I added some brown fabric to the straps for effect, you can if you want to, but it is optional.

Sew like crazy. These straps have to be sewn really well, because they bear the most weight.

Step 7: Add Cardboard Face.

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Use your pattern to cut out a cardboard panel that is the same size. Place this in the front of your pack, so the face doesn't droop, and maintains all of its domo goodness.

Step 8: Finished!

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Show off your kill by walking around with heavy books.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please drop me a comment, rate, or PM.


spectacular (author)2011-10-07

Is that a Totoro hat you wear?

sunshiine (author)2011-10-04

This is totally awesome! Thanks for sharing. Have a super day!

LordMacblax (author)2011-08-03

I go to middle school and have to lug home a 10 lb math book, a 3 lb binder, a five subject notebook, all about the same size, and usually a lunch box, maybe 4 in. in width. would it be good for hauling that from home to school and back?

aperez1 (author)2011-04-26

That is so awesome! I haven't sewn in a while so this is an awesome project to get me started again!

cleage001 (author)2011-02-09

West here in Brazil the Domo-kun is called 'mafagafo'(or GRUE in US) and is a terrifying creature. Source: Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia.

domolover (author)2010-12-21


WhyHello (author)2010-11-07

THanks :3 now i know what I'll get my BF X3

Arts_and_Dots (author)2010-10-27

HOW COULD YOU SLAUGHTER DOMO! he he X3 noes lol luckily domo's family is only a few arm flaps away now he will be replaced. and this is awesome I'm totally gonna do this nice idea :3

grk2meet (author)2010-09-06

or you could just go to morning glory and buy it there but stil THIS IS AWESOME ^.^

GaryMeow (author)2010-07-01

how strong is it? i want to make one for school but idk if it's strong enough to not die while holding my books.... :S

Doctor What (author)GaryMeow2010-07-01

It depends on how strong you build it, and the material you come across. For instance, double stitching your seams, and using a good sturdy material will increase the strength and durability of your project.

If you need it for school books and materials, I would suggest using a very sturdy stitch, machine sewed, and sew the seams twice. Also, you may consider lining it with another fabric, like canvas, that way it has a second line of durability.

GaryMeow (author)Doctor What2010-07-01


coolpersob (author)2010-06-26

The mouth is not big enough!!!!

GaryMeow (author)coolpersob2010-07-01

"We have a "be nice" comment policy." ><

Doctor What (author)coolpersob2010-06-28

Oh, why thank you for your positive and constructive feedback.

Senior Waffleman (author)2010-03-21

can i has one. me no wana work

90mp11 (author)2010-03-15

I laughed so hard at the comment about your mum...sorry, but that is classic!

potatochipXL (author)2010-03-14

 i'm so excited. i bought all the supplies and i'm starting this project tomorrow!

MaiaElizabeth (author)2010-03-05

Just wondering how big you made the "face"? i.e. length and width???

HopeWILLLead (author)2010-03-04

 are the eco fabric any cheaper than the regular fabric?

ryanpriehl (author)2009-11-09

 Nice instructable.
Are you wearing the Thinkgeek, Totoro plush hat in the second picture?

Doctor What (author)ryanpriehl2009-11-26

Nope!  I'm wearing a totoro plush hat that I made myself based on the thinkgeek hat.

ryanpriehl (author)Doctor What2009-11-28

 Cool! Do you think you're gonna make an instructable for how to make our own hat?

Doctor What (author)ryanpriehl2009-11-28

Not really.  It was just too simple to make an 'ible out of it.  I took a free online pattern, added some ears, eyes, and a nose.  That's about all it takes.  A few minutes and some fleece.

ryanpriehl (author)Doctor What2009-11-29

 I understand. Can you tell me where you got the pattern? I'm thinking about making myself something similar.

Doctor What (author)ryanpriehl2009-11-29

I can't remember the exact site...

You could modify the Killer Bunny Robot Hat.  While I used a different method, this has a fairly decent pattern.  Just change the face and ear portions.

ryanpriehl (author)Doctor What2009-11-29

Cool, thanks.

GorillazMiko (author)2009-11-26

I bought one of these, but it isn't this big. THIS THING IS HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Yes, that is what she said.

Doctor What (author)GorillazMiko2009-11-26


romor24 (author)2009-09-20

im gonna makw one but its gonna have arms ans legs :3

orange dilemma (author)2009-08-20

Sweet! I'm going to make this! .......Eventually....

BoxOfAshes (author)2009-07-03

Aww, it's so adorable.

MrL33TPenguin (author)2009-05-31

Maybe you should add a sheet of cardboard or something sturdy or maybe we should sew even more on the bottom of Domo so that in the future after many, many times with books on the bottom so that your books won't rip the bag open and there goes your books and a pelt of Domo... just a saying. BTW, this is an excellent job and hopefully this is going to be my bag for high school.

Aburame Shino (author)2009-04-04

You... You killed Domo-kun. D:> This is worse than dividing by zero! On a more serious note, good job... murderer.

I kill with joy. I'm making kiteman next...

Labot2001 (author)Doctor What2009-04-06

First Japan, and next the British?

Do you intend to become an international enemy on all fronts?

Doctor What (author)Labot20012009-04-07

I will buy an island on the coast of Greenland, call it Whatville, and declare war on all other nations, that do not abide by my rules!

I am both awed and disgusted by your power. I am forever within your command. Call me... Darth Shabaz...

Darth Shabaz, go kill Labot2001.

Derin (author)Doctor What2009-05-31

*Kills labot to stop darth shabaz*

What? No! I'm not a cold-blooded killer, unlike some people...

Who said it had to be cold? Buy a microwave.

Derin (author)Doctor What2009-04-24

*emits brain control waves that can pass tinfoil hats* TRANSMITTING:you will stop

Derin (author)Derin2009-04-24

*Directs antenna to Whatville*

Aburame Shino (author)Derin2009-04-28

My hat's made of lead. You lose.

Derin (author)Aburame Shino2009-05-19

Well,you need my transmitter to control me!MUAHHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

Derin (author)Derin2009-05-19

*Leaves transmitter in a boat near whatville with no traps or tricks*

Derin (author)Derin2009-05-31

I just bought an island near whatville.And sent a plane to retrieve the transmitter.You lose for being late.

Derin (author)Doctor What2009-05-31

My close island ,Derinville,declares war to you.

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