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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.

Picture of What you need.
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.
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spectacular3 years ago
Is that a Totoro hat you wear?
sunshiine3 years ago
This is totally awesome! Thanks for sharing. Have a super day!
LordMacblax4 years ago
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?
aperez14 years ago
That is so awesome! I haven't sewn in a while so this is an awesome project to get me started again!
cleage0014 years ago
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.
domolover4 years ago
WhyHello4 years ago
THanks :3 now i know what I'll get my BF X3
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
grk2meet5 years ago
or you could just go to morning glory and buy it there but stil THIS IS AWESOME ^.^
GaryMeow5 years ago
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)  GaryMeow5 years ago
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.
coolpersob5 years ago
The mouth is not big enough!!!!
"We have a "be nice" comment policy." ><
Doctor What (author)  coolpersob5 years ago
Oh, why thank you for your positive and constructive feedback.
can i has one. me no wana work
90mp115 years ago
I laughed so hard at the comment about your mum...sorry, but that is classic!
 i'm so excited. i bought all the supplies and i'm starting this project tomorrow!
Just wondering how big you made the "face"? i.e. length and width???
 are the eco fabric any cheaper than the regular fabric?
ryanpriehl5 years ago
 Nice instructable.
Are you wearing the Thinkgeek, Totoro plush hat in the second picture?
Doctor What (author)  ryanpriehl5 years ago
Nope!  I'm wearing a totoro plush hat that I made myself based on the thinkgeek hat.
 Cool! Do you think you're gonna make an instructable for how to make our own hat?
Doctor What (author)  ryanpriehl5 years ago
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.
 I understand. Can you tell me where you got the pattern? I'm thinking about making myself something similar.
Doctor What (author)  ryanpriehl5 years ago
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.
Cool, thanks.
I bought one of these, but it isn't this big. THIS THING IS HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Yes, that is what she said.
Doctor What (author)  GorillazMiko5 years ago
romor245 years ago
im gonna makw one but its gonna have arms ans legs :3
Sweet! I'm going to make this! .......Eventually....
BoxOfAshes6 years ago
Aww, it's so adorable.
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.
You... You killed Domo-kun. D:> This is worse than dividing by zero! On a more serious note, good job... murderer.
Doctor What (author)  Aburame Shino6 years ago
I kill with joy. I'm making kiteman next...
First Japan, and next the British?

Do you intend to become an international enemy on all fronts?
Doctor What (author)  Labot20016 years ago
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...
Doctor What (author)  Aburame Shino6 years ago
Darth Shabaz, go kill Labot2001.
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