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10 DIY Dog Backpacks You Can Make Today

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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If you’re a crafty person who loves hand-making items, a dog backpack should be on your list of projects. Whether your dog could benefit or you plan to use it for a gift idea, you can’t go wrong. There’s no need to pay a higher dollar for something you could do for next to nothing.

While tutorials and patterns are everywhere for just about any project, we rounded up 10 versatile dog backpack ideas to get you started. Many of these backpacks involve items that you may already have at home and some are for any skillset, so you won’t have to worry about complexity. Let’s look at all the options.

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The 10 DIY Dog Backpack You Can Make Today

1. Mother Earth Backpack

  • Difficulty: Moderate

This Mother Earth Backpack provides a simple way to make an adorable wearable for your pooch. They have a post explaining how to create the piece, as well as visual guides to help along the way.

Depending on the exact look you want, they give you both a plain or a deluxe pattern. Materials for the deluxe pattern appear under the “Optional Materials” section of the post.

2. Craftster Dog Hiking Backpack

  • Difficulty: Moderate

A member of the Craftster thread posted a fantastic dog hiking backpack that she made for her dog. Detailed images accompany every step to create this piece.

This backpack provides adequate storage space for items like treats, food, water, and food. It’s lightweight and perfect for your beloved pooch to wear on the trail. It’s easy enough for a beginner.

3. Indestructibles Living $10 Dog Backpack

  • Difficulty: Easy

This Indestructibles Living $10 dog backpack is a simple design that guides you through using household items you may find lying around. They recommend in the post to look for Velcro pieces, zippers, buckles, snaps, and nylon strap on old items.

Also, you will need a needle and thread for stitch and basic-level sewing skills. This is a straightforward selection for a beginner or someone who wants to spend the least money possible.

4. Alterations by KCG Old Backpack

  • Difficulty: Moderate

If you have a backpack lying in a closet you no longer use, it may be a perfect upcycle item. Alterations by KCG show you in this post how to make your own upcycled dog pack. There are pictures to explain each step, and you can take as long or as little as you need.

It may take a little adjusting to get the right fit, so having a cooperative model may be essential. If your pooch is quite rambunctious, you may not be able to get the correct measurements for proper placement and wear.

5. Grey Cat Hideout Backpack

  • Difficulty: Moderate

In this tutorial, you learn how to make a backpack for your dog with various components. Grey Cat Hideout goes through steps to teach you how to appropriately measure and create your own pattern perfectly sized for your dog.

Instead of using zippers, you will be binding the flaps with Velcro pieces. This backpack fits similarly to a harness, attaching by straps.

6. The Green Pepper Inc

  • Difficulty: Moderate

This Green Pepper Inc dog backpack is a paid pattern to create your own. There are two box-style compartments on each side for storage. It slides over, fitting comfortably and evenly on both sides of the dog’s body.

If you enjoy the look and intended fit of this product, you can purchase the pattern to create it yourself, along with the suggested materials.

7. Adventure Dog Knitted Backpack

  • Difficulty: Moderate

If you’re a skilled knitter, this knitting pattern by Adventure Dogs may be an inexpensive and fashionable dog backpack to make. Knitting this piece should take little time, especially if you have the experience.

Being familiar with kitting abbreviations is vital when it comes to making it. The pattern is drawn up for a medium-sized dog, so make sure you pick the correct sizing before trying this out.

8. Alterations by KCG Duffel Bag Backpack

  • Difficulty: Moderate

We have another idea from Alterations by KCG. This time, instead of using an old backpack, you can use an old duffel bag. They walk you through each step by showing you photos of how to make cuts and take proper measurements, so learning how to make a dog backpack is easier than ever.

Even if you don’t have a duffel bag at home, someone you know likely does. You could also pick up the item at a local thrift shop or surplus store. You may have to spend some time trying this on your dog to get the perfect stitching, but once you have it just right, it should last years.

9. Posh Pooch Crocheted Backpack

  • Difficulty: Moderate

The Posh Pooch released two sizes of crochet backpack patterns to cater to both small and medium dogs. It looks like a small purse with two adorable buttons on the back. Not only does it look cute, but it also won’t take you long to do. The skillset level is easy, so even beginners can give it a go.

You will be using a size H hook and 3.5-ounce worsted weight yarns of your choice. As long as you are familiar with basic crochet concepts, this can be your dog’s new bag in no time.

10. Proper Fit Backpack

  • Difficulty: Moderate

The Proper Fit Backpack is a paid printable pattern that you can purchase to DIY. The pattern itself is inexpensive but not free. So, if you’re looking to save as much as possible, another pick on the list may serve you better. You can make this pack for dogs and cats in sizes small to large.

It’s suitable for all skill levels, so even if you aren’t as sew-savvy as you’d like to be, this is still a conceivable option.

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There is no reason to pay out your hard-earned money on an item you’re capable of making yourself. We hope you enjoyed learning how to build a dog backpack of your very own. The beauty of creating your own is being in control of the way you want it to look, the colors you want to use, and how you want it to fit your dog. Using a guided pattern is convenient, but choosing the colors and personal touches is the fun part.

Featured Image Credit: Aleksey Boyko, Shutterstock

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