Although I didn’t intend on dressing up as Finn for Halloween, after I made the Finn hat, I just couldn’t stop. I mean, what’s a Finn hat without a handy Finn backpack? This minimal costume/cosplay was fun to make, fun to wear, and I can’t wait to wear it to my next con! With that, here’s a lengthy tutorial on how to make your own Finn backpack.
You will need:
- A half a yard of light green fabric (I recommend using fleece)
- A half a yard of dark green or medium green fabric
- Large green button
- Estimated time: about 2-3 hours
Match the part where the light and dark green meet to the same place where they meet on the front part of the bag. Start pinning from here and go all the way around the bag. When you reach the opposite end, pin and sew the other end of the strips together and make sure the part where the light/green colors meet all match up. Sew all the way around the edge of the oval shape.
You should end up with something like this.
Before you sew on the other side of the backpack, you’ll want to sew the straps on it first. To do this, cut two light green strips 12″ x 5″ and two dark green strips 12″ x 5″. Sew each light green strip to the dark green strip. Fold in half the long way and sew it closed. Then flip them inside out. You should end up with two of these suckers.
Now pin them to the right side of the back piece of the backpack. I decided to fold the ends of each strap so that it had a clean edge. Once pinned on the back piece, make sure to try them on to make sure they are positioned properly. Once they’re pinned down, sew a small rectangle to hold them in place. This part is optional, but I reinforced the straps with a zig-zag stitch as well.
Now you’re ready to pin everything together! Make sure all the edges line up correctly!
Now you can stuff it with clothes, pillows or whatever other goodies you want!