25 DIY Backpacks and Pencil Cases

Get ready to send the kids back to school by sewing a backpack that is literally made for your child. Start out with a basic drawstring backpack if you are new to sewing. Add a little creature or animal to the backpack to make it stand out from the rest. Let your child choose the colors and patterns to make it completely unique. From quirky options to stylish cases, these 25 DIY Backpacks and Pencil Cases are sure to be a hit when it comes to back-to-school style.

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  • Chevron Backpack 2 of 26

    Sew a drawstring backpack with a front pocket.
    Check it out at Trash to Couture.

  • Bustle Backpack 3 of 26

    A little girl's dream backpack.
    Find out more at Me Sew Crazy.

  • Fish Backpack 4 of 26

    Scales are a beautiful pattern, and this backpack makes them cute.
    Check it out at Tried and True.

  • Polka Dot Backpack 5 of 26

    Turn a simple backpack into a trendy polka dot one.
    Find out more at Hello Bee.

  • Dog Backpack 6 of 26

    Give your child's backpack some character.
    Find out more at Melly Sews.

  • Drawstring Backpack 7 of 26

    Make a simple drawstring backpack.
    Spotted at Pretty Prudent.

  • Tote Backpack 8 of 26

    Turn a basic tote into a backpack.
    Find out more at Sincerely Kinsey.

  • Pocket Backpack 9 of 26

    Sew a backpack with a little ruffle and a side pocket.
    Find out more at Infarrantly Creative.

  • Decorate DIY 10 of 26

    Give your backpack a total makeover with this fun tutorial. 

    Find out more at Skip to My Lou.

  • Petal Backpack 11 of 26

    A pretty petal backpack to start the year.
    Find out more at U Create.

  • Knotted Zipper 12 of 26

    Sew up the sweetest pencil cases for your little one.
    Find out more at See Kate Sew.

  • Simple Pencil Case 13 of 26

    A simple pencil case looks great in a cute fabric.
    Find out more at A Spoonful of Sugar.

  • Extra Wide 14 of 26

    Sew a larger case to hold pencils and supplies.
    Find out more at Noodlehead.

  • Fringe Case 15 of 26

    DIY a pencil case with some fringe to be extra fancy.
    Find out more at Shop Ruche.

  • Felt Case 16 of 26

    A simple felt pencil case looks great with a cute button.
    Find out more at Martha Stewart.

  • Leather Case 17 of 26

    A simple leather pencil case would be a durable option.
    Find out more at Stitches and Maps.

  • Oilcloth Case 18 of 26

    A pencil case made from oilcloth is a colorful and durable case.
    Find out more at Momtastic.

  • Monogram Backpack 19 of 26

    Make this adorable monogram backpack for a personalized back to school look.
    Find out more at That's My Letter.

  • Bow Backpack 20 of 26

    The double bows make this an adorable backpack.
    Find out more at Moda Bake Shop.

  • Circle Backpack 21 of 26

    Change up a typical backpack with a circular one.
    Find out more at Me Sew Crazy.

  • Circle Case 22 of 26

    Pair a circle pencil case with the circle backpack.
    Find out more at Sew Mama Sew.

  • Monster Backpack 23 of 26

    A monster backpack to start a monster school year.
    Find out more at What I Made Today.

  • Domo-Kun Backpack 24 of 26

    Have some fun with a Domo backpack.
    Find out more at Instructables.

  • Toilet Paper Case 25 of 26

    Reuse a toilet paper roll to make a substantial pencil case.
    Find out more at Onelon.

  • Neon Backpack 26 of 26

    Sew a backpack with a pop of pattern for a big impact.
    Find out more at Hart and Sew.

Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

Article Posted 3 years Ago

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