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25 DIY Back-to-School Essentials

Get the kids ready for school this year (and save mula) by making them backpacks, pencil cases, lunch bag totes, and more. This simple drawstring backpack could be made the night before and is great for carrying PE uniforms, or just the right size for your littlest one. Cut costs by sewing up reusable snack bags and napkins to pack in their lunch boxes. There are DIY projects for beginners and experts, so don’t be afraid if you’re no Martha Stewart. Have the kids get in on the fun while you all work together to add your personal touch to these 25 DIY Back-to-School Essentails…


  • Back-to-School Backpack 1 of 25
    Back-to-School Backpack
    Send them off to school with a cute new backpack you made just for them.
    Check it out at Prudent Baby.
  • Zipper Mouth Pencil Case 2 of 25
    Zipper Mouth Pencil Case
    Surprise them with cool zipper mouth pencil cases.
    Get the tutorial at Make It & Love It.
  • Nap Mat 3 of 25
    Nap Mat
    If they are still taking naps at school they will love their new and comfy nap mat.
    Check it out at Prudent Baby.
  • Zipper Pencil Case 4 of 25
    Zipper Pencil Case
    Keep all their pencils and pens nicely stowed away in this cute zipper bag.
    Get the tutorial at Design Sponge.
  • Oilcloth Book Cover 5 of 25
    Oilcloth Book Cover
    Keep your book from getting wet from spilled drinks or rain with an oilcloth book cover.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Personalized Pencil Sharpener 6 of 25
    Personalized Pencil Sharpener
    Spend a morning customizing pencil sharpeners so they know which ones are theirs at school.
    Get the tutorial at Giver's Log.
  • Extra Jazzy Pens 7 of 25
    Extra Jazzy Pens
    Give their colorful pens another boost by adding a printed pattern on the inside.
    Find out more at Madigan Made.
  • Initial Notebooks 8 of 25
    Initial Notebooks
    Follow this easy tutorial to learn how to decorate their notebooks with felt.
    Get the tutorial at Everything Etsy.
  • Colored Pencil Roll 9 of 25
    Colored Pencil Roll
    Roll up their colored pencils for an easy way to take them back and forth from school and home.
    Check it out at Small Friendly.
  • Wooden Pencil Holder 10 of 25
    Wooden Pencil Holder
    This wooden pencil holder will sit nicely on their desk so they can easily choose the colors they need.
    Spotted at The Sweetest Occasion.
  • Their Own Work Station 11 of 25
    Their Own Work Station
    Build them a personalized work desk they can use in the home. Paint it their favorite color to make it extra special.
    Check it out at Lowe's Creative Ideas.
  • Reusable Snack Bags 12 of 25
    Reusable Snack Bags
    Sew a set of reusable snack bags to put in their lunch boxes.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Oilcloth Lunch Tote 13 of 25
    Oilcloth Lunch Tote
    Pick up some inexpensive oilcloth and learn how to sew this super easy lunch tote.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Composition Cover 14 of 25
    Composition Cover
    Cover their composition books with a pretty cover.
    Get the tutorial at Tip Junkie.
  • Binder Pouch 15 of 25
    Binder Pouch
    This pencil case will fit right into a 3-ring binder.
    Get the tutorial at Sew Mama Sew.
  • Lunch Box Napkins 16 of 25
    Lunch Box Napkins
    Sew up cloth napkins to put in the kids' lunch boxes.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Book Cover With Pockets 17 of 25
    Book Cover With Pockets
    Now they can keep all their notes on the reading in one place.
    Check it out at From Pixels to Patchwork.
  • Locker Magnets 18 of 25
    Locker Magnets
    Come up with fun and cute designs you can all cut out to make magnets to decorate their lockers.
    Find out more at Everything Etsy.
  • Bustle Backpack 19 of 25
    Bustle Backpack
    Learn how to sew this too-cute-for-words backpack for the beginning of school.
    Get the tutorial at Me Sew Crazy.
  • Spicing Up Your Backpack 20 of 25
    Spicing Up Your Backpack
    Make their backpack extra special by adding homemade patches to the back.
    Check it out at I am Momma Hear Me Roar.
  • Pear Coin Purse 21 of 25
    Pear Coin Purse
    The perfect place for storing school lunch money.
    Get the tutorial at Craft Passion.
  • Monster Bookmarks 22 of 25
    Monster Bookmarks
    Have fun making monster bookmarks they can take with them to class.
    Get the tutorial at Tally's Treasury.
  • Owl Toddler Backpack 23 of 25
    Owl Toddler Backpack
    Instead of buying a backpack this year, sew this adorable owl one.
    Get the tutorial at Moda Bake Shop.
  • Zipper Binder Pouch 24 of 25
    Zipper Binder Pouch
    Binder pouches with zippers come in handy as an easy place to store erasers and little knick knacks, along with pencils, that won't fall out.
    Get the tutorial at Abernathy Crafts.
  • Mommy Tags 25 of 25
    Mommy Tags
    Add tags to their jackets to make sure they don't lose them in the classroom. They are also great for writing little notes to remind them you're thinking about them.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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