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3 Grade-A Ideas for a DIY Backpack

Stencil it, embroider it, or stick it with a colorful custom patch.

personalized backpacks
Photography by: CHELSEA CAVANAUGH

Pack it up, pack it in, let it begin! And by it, we mean the playground-style parade. Students will be proud to sport a customized book bag that they designed themselves, using these easy techniques (and a little help from you).

personalized backpacks
Photography by: CHELSEA CAVANAUGH

Stitch It

Write an older student's name in pencil or fabric marker, then let her embroider it with a simple backstitch and jazz it up with pom-poms.

 

Baggu canvas backpack, in Shell, $42, amazon.com. Herschel Supply Co. Settlement poly backpack, in Caramel, $59, herschelsupply.com.

 

[TRY IT: Embroidered Name Backpack]
personalized backpack with patches
Photography by: CHELSEA CAVANAUGH

Stick It

Kids pick out adhesive patches; Mom finishes the job with the iron. Plus: When you buy this colorful bag, another one full of supplies is donated to a student in need.

 

State Mini Kane backpack, in Green/Navy, $50; and Broccoli, Tomato, and Rocket Ship patches, from $5 each, statebags.com.

 

[TRY IT: Backpack with Iron-on Patches]
stencil personalized backpack
Photography by: CHELSEA CAVANAUGH

Stencil It

Transform a basic sack by painting on your honeybunny's favorite animal.

 

CarryGreen drawstring bag, $8.50 for 2, amazon.com. Martha Stewart adhesive laser-cut stencils, in Woodland Animals, $7, michaels.com.

 

[TRY IT: Animal-Stenciled Drawstring Backpack]

Want more ideas? Watch how to make these bright, knotted keychains: