Crafts for Kids DIY backpack by sew can do

Published on July 12th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell


DIY Eco-Friendly School Supplies

DIY Eco-Friendly School Supplies

Where I live, school starts on August 6th, which is a mere 3 weeks away! Have you started thinking about school supplies for your children yet? Instead of spending money at big box stores on products that are far from eco-friendly, consider making some of your own school supplies! Here are 5 projects to get you started:

1. DIY Backpacks

Backpacks can be super expensive at big box stores, not to mention poorly made. Instead, make your child their own backpack using tutorials from Sew Can Do (pictured above) and Make It Do (pictured below). You can make them using your child’s favorite colors, fabrics, etc., for a lot less!

To make these even more eco-friendly, choose organic or vintage fabrics and organic cotton batting instead of conventional batting, since most batting is made from petroleum products. If you’d like to skip the (usually petroleum-based) stabilizer, use a heavier fabric like organic denim or corduroy.

DIY Eco-Friendly School Supplies

Next>> Recycled Book Covers by Make and Takes

[Photos in order of appearance: Sew Can Do and Make It Do, used with permission]

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Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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