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Backpack Shirt | Sewing Crafts

Backpack Shirt

Total Time Needed: 1-2 Hours

Take the shirt off your back, and turn it into a bag you can wear - on your back! This project calls for an eyelet or grommet kit, which may require an adult's help to use.


  • T-shirt
  • Sharp scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Large safety pin
  • Clothesline cord, about 6 times the width of the shirt
  • 7/16-inch eyelet (or grommet) kit (see tip below)


Backpack Shirt - Step 1

1. Turn the T-shirt inside out, then cut across the shirt from armpit to armpit. You'll need only the bottom section.

Backpack Shirt - Step 2

2. Use the needle and thread to sew a simple stitch across the shirt, about a half inch in from the cut edge, to seal what will be the bottom of the bag.

Backpack Shirt - Step 3

3. Turn the shirt right side out. Snip the shirt's hem almost all of the way through (do not cut any stitching) at the midpoint between the two side seams. Attach a large safety pin to one end of the clothesline cord. Feed the cord, safety pin first, through the casing of the hem.

Backpack Shirt - Step 4

4. Follow the eyelet or grommet kit instructions to add eyelets to the bottom corners of the bag.

Backpack Shirt - Step 5

5. Thread the ends of the cord through the eyelet holes and double-knot them to secure.


An eyelet or grommet kit can be purchased at craft stores or online for around $15. In a pinch, you can cut the holes with scissors and seal the cut edges with fabric glue, but the result won't be as neat or as sturdy.