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Crochet Jack Skellington Drawstring Backpack | FREE Halloween Crochet Pattern

First came the Pumpkin Drawstring Backpack and then came the Jack Skellington Drawstring Backpack! Nightmare Before Christmas has always been one of my favorite movies so when my sister-in-law asked if I could make her a Jack Skellington bag, I thought it was GENIUS. This crochet Jack Skellington Drawstring Backpack was designed to accompany your child while trick or treating on a spooooky Halloween night! However, this kid’s backpack would also be great outside of Halloween as well!

And guess what? After making the pumpkin bag and this bag, I knew HAD to turn it into a full set! You can find all of the Halloween Candy Bags here.

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Pattern:

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Materials:

Abbreviations used:

  • Dc – double crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • Ch – chain
  • Mag cir – magic circle

Dimensions:

  • This bag measures 8 inches in diameter and 9 1/2 inches tall.

Notes:

  • The body of the bag, the head, and the strap will be made holding TWO strands of yarn. Every other piece is made using one strand.
  • The ch 1 or ch 2 at the beginning of each round or row DOES NOT count as a st.
  • The number in parentheses at the end of each row tells you how many stitches you should have left by the end of the row.
  • If you’ve never created a magic circle, here’s a video tutorial
  • For the backpack strap, these are the measurements I chose for my kids. However, your strap may need to be longer or shorter depending on your child.
    • 17 1/2 inches (45cm) for my 2 year old
    • 19 1/2 inches (50cm) for my 7 year old
  • This pattern has a full video tutorial. If you’re having trouble with any part, watch the video here

Crochet Jack Skellington Drawstring Backpack – FREE Halloween Crochet Pattern

Body of Bag

Holding two strands of Black yarn, create a mag cir and ch 2.

Round 1: 10 dc in circle. Pull circle tight. Sl st to first dc. (10)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st and each st around. Sl st to join. (20)

Round 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in the next. [2 dc into the next st, 1 dc into the next]. Rep [ ] to last st. Sl st to join. (30)

Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in the first st, 1 dc into the next two st. [2 dc into the next st, 1 dc into the next two]. Rep [ ] to last st. Sl st to join. (40)

Round 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in the first st, 1 dc into the next three st. [2 dc into the next st, 1 dc into the next three]. Rep [ ] to last st. Sl st to join. (50)

Round 6: Ch 2, 2 dc in the first st, 1 dc into the next four st. [2 dc into the next st, 1 dc into the next four]. Rep [ ] to last st. Sl st to join. (60)

Your work should measure around 8 inches in diameter.

Rounds 7-21: 1 dc in first st and in each st around. Sl st to join. (60)

Tie off and weave in ends.

crochet jack skellington drawstring backpack

Drawstring

With White,

Ch 100

Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and all down.

Tie off and weave in ends.

Identify the front center of your bag and if you want you can use a stitch marker to mark the center 8 dc. Insert the drawstring after the 8th dc from the outside to inside and weave through the top of the bag inserting your drawstring through every fourth dc. Once you reach back to the front of the bag, you will have both drawstrings facing outward and 8 dc between them. (If that confuses you, look at the pictures I took of the pumpkin bag)

Backpack Strap

With two strands of yarn (I used White) and 5.5mm hook, start with long starting chain and create slip knot.

Ch 7

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch down.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Hdc each st across (5)

Rep row 2 until you reach the desired length

Tie off leaving a long tail for sewing.

This strap will be sewn on later, diagonally, so measure it that way when you’re deciding on the length.

I’ve listed the length I chose for both of my kids in the “notes” section above for reference.

Jack’s Head

Holding two strands of white yarn, create a mag cir and ch 2.

Round 1: 10 dc in circle. Sl st to first dc. (10)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st and each st around. Sl st to join. (20)

Round 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in the next. [2 dc into the next st, 1 dc into the next]. Rep [ ] around. Sl st to join. (30)

Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in the first st, 1 dc into the next two. [2 dc into the next st, 1 dc into the next two]. Rep [ ] around. Sl st to join. (40)

Round 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in the first st, 1 dc into the next three. [2 dc into the next st, 1 dc into the next three]. Rep [ ] around. Sl st to join. (50)

Tie off, leaving long tail (about 2 times the circumference of the head) for sewing.

crochet jack skellington drawstring backpack

Eyes (make 2)

Using Black,

Row 1: 5 hdc into magic circle, chain 1. Turn work. (5)

Row 2: 2 hdc into first st and next 4 st. (10)

Row 3: 2 hdc into first st, 1 hdc into the next. [2 hdc into next st, 1 hdc into next]. Rep [ ] to last st. (15)

Tie off, leaving long tail for sewing.

crochet jack skellington drawstring backpack

Assembly

Before sewing the head onto the bag, sew the eyes on. Follow the picture regarding placement. You might want to use pins or stitch markers in order to keep them in place, but that’s totally optional. Weave in ends.

crochet jack skellington drawstring backpack

Nose:

Sew the nose on right below the center of the eyes. Just create a slit for the nose by inserting your needle from the back to the front twice on both sides for extra thickness. Make sure to split through the stitches and not work in between them. Weave in ends.

crochet jack skellington drawstring backpack

Mouth:

To sew on the mouth, insert your needle from the back between the 4th and 5th rows right under the eye and start sewing along every 3 or so stitches until your reach the other side, make sure the smile is even.

**NOTE: Personally, when I weave my yarn back to the back, I like to weave in my end a little bit so that I can insert my hook into the same st as the last without my yarn falling out. Does that make sense? If not, take a look at the pictures and hopefully you will understand better! If you have questions, please ask.

crochet jack skellington drawstring backpack

Do not tie off. You will now go back and sew the stitches onto the mouth. Again, make sure when you’re doing this to split through the yarn instead of going in between stitches. This will assure that they will stay in place.

crochet jack skellington drawstring backpack

Now it’s time to sew the head onto the bag!

Place the head onto the bag with the top of the head below the fourth row down from the top and sew in place making sure it is even. (You may want to tie the head in place with scrap yarn to assure it stays in place)

And you’re finished! If you have any questions at all about this crochet Jack Skelllington Drawstring Backpack pattern, leave a comment and I’ll be sure to clear up any confusion!

Want to make more? Find the whole set of Halloween Candy Bags here.

Happy trick-or-treating!

This pattern is an original pattern by Sigoni of Sigoni Macaroni. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it.  

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  1. I don’t have a video, but I am working on getting one set up in the future! Are you having any trouble with something or would you just prefer a video tutorial?

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