My kids love Harry Potter. Okay, I do too. Maybe more than they do. Shh. While I was doing some back to school shopping, I saw that the official HP store had tons of goodies for back to school, including a Hogwarts backpack for every house. My kids are in Slytherin and Hufflepuff, so it is rare that I find things for both of them. Of course, then I saw the price on said backpacks was $50. Each. I have yet to discover the right magic spell for “endless money” so I decided to make my own DIY Hogwarts backpack and you can too.
DIY Hogwarts backpack tutorial
This project is really easy and can be customized to your kid. Or yourself. Truthfully, you could also make it based on any other fandom – Star Wars, Marvel heroes, Doctor Who – assuming you don’t obsess over the-boy-who-lived as much as the people in my house do.
Hogwarts backpack supplies
Like the geek that I am, I already had everything I needed. If your home is not mostly Hogwarts already, you can find most of the supplies on Amazon.com. (Store links are affiliate. No extra cost to you. A few pennies for me.)
- Blank backpack in any color or style – We happened to have a pair of black ones that just had a different logo.
- Hogwarts house patch – Ours were thoughtfully purchased by a friend who went to Universal, so they are big. I have also ordered these Hogwarts patches from Amazon for many other crafts. I need a place to buy these in bulk…
- Golden snitch keychain
- LEGO Dumbledore keychain – My daughter got this one at Legoland Discovery Center. As you guessed, it can also be found on Amazon.
- Assorted Harry Potter buttons – These have been purchased slowly over several comic cons.
- Sewing basics
- Optional: paracord
Hogwarts backpack instructions
The only real instructions you need are this: sew the patch on the backpack.
To do this, I recommend pinning it exactly where you want it to be so that it (a) covers up any logos and (b) is not crooked. You can then either stitch by hand or with a machine. I used my machine and black nylon thread. I followed the outline of the crest, mostly. You can’t really tell where I zigged when I should have zagged though. Just go slowly.
Once you have the patch on, arrange the keychains and buttons however you like. I tried to replace the zipper pulls with paracord, but I had a hard time tying it in knots. If you are a paracord wizard, feel free to give it a go.
This backpack went to school with my daughter on the first day. She loved it so much that I expect her to carry it forever. It is really a testament to her quirkiness, because she also added buttons for My Little Pony and The Hobbit.
Which Hogwarts house are you in?