Canvas tote bags
Fabric markers let your kids transform inexpensive canvas bags into art, making for great birthday-party crafts (and goody bags). If a design turns out really well, turn one into a no-sew pillowcase: Snip off the handles, then apply strips of self-adhesive Velcro tape inside the bag’s opening. Stuff in a pillow and Velcro the bag closed.
Natural blank cotton-canvas tote bag, $1, cheaptotes.com