Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack – Free Crochet Pattern on Moogly

Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack - free crochet pattern on Moogly

The Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack is perfect for kids, tweens, teens, and the young at heart! And of course, it’s also a free crochet pattern on Moogly! Featuring Red Heart Super Saver, it’ll stand up to every delicious adventure!

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Create a Tasty Treat to Tote your Goodies

You can use the Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack to tote all sorts of goodies – even Halloween candy if it’s the season! Perfect for preschoolers on up, this pattern features post stitches as well as lots of back loop and third loop texture. The back is made with rows of linked treble crochet stitches, for a solid yet lightweight fabric that works up quickly!

Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack - free crochet pattern on Moogly

Grab your favorite green shade of Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo Speckle

While I used solid shades of Red Heart Super Saver solids for the cup and cherry, the “icing” of our treat bag is made with new Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo Speckle! This yarn features a new dye effect that offers a unique hand-dyed look – and is perfect for “cupcake sprinkles!” It comes in 6 different colors, so you can customize your cupcake for someone special.

Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack - free crochet pattern on Moogly

Fun to Wear for Kids and Adults

This is a drawstring-style backpack, and as such has, well… long strings! As such, it should not be used by children aged 3 and under. Remember, crochet designs are not “tested for safety.” If you have a smaller child who wants their own cupcake bag, I’d recommend the free Cupcake Toddler Purse crochet pattern – you can use Red Heart Super Saver for both and make a matching set for siblings!

Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack - free crochet pattern on Moogly

Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack

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US-I, 5.5 mm hook, Susan Bates

Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo (4 – Worsted; 100% acrylic; 396 g/14 oz, 681 m/744 yds)
Color A: Gold – 250 yds
Color C: Cherry Red – 50 yds

Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo Speckle (4 – Worsted; 100% acrylic; 283g / 10 oz, 440 m/482 yds)
Color B: White Speckle – 100 yds

2 56″ long nylon or poly type cord or rope (for adult wearers, use longer cords adjusted to fit the recipient)

Stitch Markers

Gauge: 13 sts x 5 rows = 4″ in LTr after blocking

Size: approx 11.5 ” x 16″ finished

Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack - free crochet pattern on Moogly


Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack – COMING SOON

Crochet Abbreviations

Magic Circle

FDC – Foundation Double Crochet

FSC – Foundation Single Crochet

LTr – Linked Treble

Post Stitches (fpdc and bpdc)

Join with hdc – Standing hdc

BLO – Back Loop Only

Working into the 3rd Loop of an Hdc

How to Block Crochet

Chainless Starting Double Crochet

Seamless Join


Front of Bag

Row 1 [WS]: With Color A, FDC 39; turn. (39 sts)

Row 2 [RS]: Ch 1, hdc in first st, fpdc around next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, *fpdc around next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts; rep from * until 3 sts rem, fpdc in next 2 sts, hdc in last st, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in first st, bpdc around next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, *bpdc around next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts; rep from * until 3 sts rem, bpdc in next 2 sts, hdc in last st, turn.

Rows 4 – 13: Rep Rows 2 and 3.

Row 14: Rep Row 2, break Color A and turn.

Row 15: With Color B, join to first st with hdc, hdc in each rem st across; turn.

Row 16: Ch 1, BLO hdc in each st across; turn.

Row 17: Ch 1, hdc in the front 3rd loop of each st across; turn.

Rows 18 – 35: Rep Rows 16 and 17. After Row 35, break yarn and block piece to 11″ x 15″.

Back of Bag

NOTE: If you prefer, sc sts can be substituted for LTR sts, just make the same size as the finished Front piece. Adjust the st count and row count as needed to account for personal gauge (no particular rep or mult is required).

Row 1: With Color A, FSC 34; turn. (34 sts)

Row 2 – 18: Ch 3, work LTr in each st to end; turn.

Row 19: Ch 1, sc in each st across; break yarn and block piece to 11″ x 15″.

Cherry On Top

Rnd 1: With Color B, make a magic circle, work CSDC  and 11 dc into the ring; join. (12 dc)

Rnd 2: (CSDC, dc) in the first st, 2 dc in each rem st around; join. (24 dc)

Rnd 3: CSDC in the first st, 2 dc in the next st, *dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st; rep from * around, join. (36 dc)

Rnd 4: (CSDC, dc) in the first st, dc in the next 2 sts, *2 dc in the next st, dc in the next 2 sts; rep from * around, join and finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. (48 dc)

Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack - blocking


With Color A and WS of Front and Back held together, use stitch markers to attach pieces. Starting on one side, at the top of the bag, sc through both layers, working along the side, bottom, and other side. Add an extra sc at each bottom corner, and place a stitch marker in this corner st. Be sure to leave the top open. Do not break yarn.

Sprinkle Cupcake crochet Front and Back together


Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each st around the top (Front and then Back Side); join to the first sc of this round. (73 sts)

Round 2: CSDC in first st, ch 1,   *dc in the next st, ch 1, skip the next st; rep around, break yarn and seamless join to the 3rd ch. (37 dc, 37 ch)

Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack - top of bag


With the Front side facing you, rejoin Color A to the bottom marked corner of the bag with sc, ch 2, sc in the next st, sc in each st across the bottom of the bag until 1 st remains; ch 2, sc in the last marked st of the bottom. Break yarn and weave in ends. (There are now “holes” in each bottom corner of the bag.)


Using the long tail left on the Cherry, sew the center of the cherry to the center top of the Front of the Backpack, on the last Color B row. Only take a few stitches across the center, leaving the majority of the Cherry unattached.

Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack - add cherry


Weave each cord through the ch 1 sps of Round 2 of the top as shown below, so that both ends of each cord come out on the same side, with one cord having both ends on the right, and the other having both ends on the left.

Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack - add drawstrings

Thread both ends of each cord through the bottom corner hole on the same side of the bag, going front to back (in on the Front/Post St side, out on the Back/Ltr side). Tie them in a knot so they won’t come back through the hole, and if using nylon/plastic cord use a lighter or match to melt the ends together (adults only please!) if desired, or let them fray below the knot. If using crochet or knitted icord, you may need to make two knots, or sew them in. Pull the drawstrings a bit so the top closes to wear.

Sprinkle Cupcake Backpack - tie knot to finish

Ready to Bag it all Up?

Ready for your next project? Check out the Moogly Free Patterns Page or Ravelry! And don’t miss our other two backpack patterns: the Cinch Stripes Backpack and Building Blocks Backpack!

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