Backpacks for a Trek

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Ella Toad hopped over to her friend Nicholas's house, where some animals were getting ready for their trek tomorrow. They were taking a picnic to the High Meadow, and hoping to find berries and cool rocks along the way. 
Hazel Village - Doll Backpacks Craft
Some of the friends had backpacks already. But Phoebe and Josie still needed some. 
Hazel Village - Doll Backpacks Craft
Ella said, "No problemo! I can help you make first-rate backpacks! And also I need a backpack as well so let's make me one too!"
Hazel Village - Doll Backpacks Craft
Ella showed her friends how to cut felt into one big piece, and two smaller side pieces, like this. They used felt so they would not have to worry about the edges fraying. 
Hazel Village - Doll Backpacks Craft
They sewed the side pieces onto the main piece. Ella used a blanket stitch because she knows how to do that, and she wanted her backpack to be fancy. 
Hazel Village - Doll Backpacks Craft
Phoebe used any old stitch because she doesn't know so much about sewing. Ella said, "That is just as sturdy, if not more so. Good work, Phoebe!"
Hazel Village - Doll Backpacks Craft
The friends sewed straps onto their backpacks, like this. They used pieces of leather...
Hazel Village - Doll Backpacks Craft
...except Josie used pieces of silky ribbon. Lovely!
Hazel Village - Doll Backpacks Craft
To close the backpacks, they used pretty buttons. Josie's backpack had a buttonhole cut into the flap. 
Hazel Village - Doll Backpacks Craft
Ella's backpack had a button loop made of thread. 
Hazel Village - Doll Backpacks Craft
And Phoebe's backpack had no button, instead it tied with ribbons.
Hazel Village - Doll Backpacks Craft
Now the friends are all ready for their picnic tomorrow! 
Hazel Village - Doll Backpacks Craft
Here is a pattern for a backpack that will fit Hazel Village animals. 

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