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Blanket to Backpack

Don't you just love rag quilts?!
They are pretty easy to put together, and I love the finished look.
However... this one is not your ordinary rag quilt!

It is actually also a backpack!

Yep!  You've got it!  A rag quilt that folds into a backpack.
I was realizing that my poor son has been left out of many recent projects.  Girls are so much easier to make things for, I think.  So I needed one for poor little Wesley.

Our family will be moving to China in a few months.  I was inspired by the idea of a quillow (quilt that folds into a pillow), thinking that would be perfect for each of the kids on our long flight overseas.
However, the thought came to mind... what if they could also wear it through the airport!
What if it had a pocket to hold their color books, crayons, Nintendo DS, and a snack?

And thus... the Blanket to Backpack was created.

 This is how it works...

Lay out your blanket.

Fold into thirds, by folding each side over the middle third section.
Here is the first side being folded in....

 And here the second side has been folded over top of the first.

See how your pocket is on the under-side of one end?

Turn that end right-side out, folding the pocket so it is pulled to the other side of the quilt.

The pocket is now right-side out... and will look like this.

Now fold the remaining blanket into thirds once again.  Here's the first fold...

And the next.

Now... tuck the blanket folds down into the pocket.

And there you have it!

Your backpack!

Ready to make your own?
Tutorial to come (in two parts... I have LOADS of pictures to walk you through it).
Stay tuned!

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