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DIY Back-to-School Supplies

August 22, 2014

School is back in session this month—are you ready? This year save money on back-to-school essentials with DIY school supplies. We’ve rounded up five easy projects on the Internet that can be crafted using items from your local Goodwill store.

Denim Backpack

denim backpack

Your favorite jeans may be ratty and worn, but don’t toss them yet! Due to its soft yet durable nature, used denim is an inexpensive and easily available craft supply for just about everyone—and Goodwill is a treasure trove of pre-loved jeans. This tutorial for turning jeans into a backpack may require more advanced sewing skills, but the result will send you straight to the head of the class.

Hobo Lunch Bag

lunch bag

Do your lunch boxes mysteriously disappear over the course of the school year? Make one that you’ll never want to lose! This hobo knotted-style lunch bag can be made using any food-safe fabric. We personally like the idea of using a wool sweater to highlight this reusable bag’s eco-friendly qualities.

Fabric Book Covers

book covers

If your kids are required to cover their school books, this tutorial from The Good Life Blog uses thrifted fabric to give a creative twist to your textbooks.

Pencil Toppers

pencil topper

Little ones can craft, too—and these funky pencil toppers are a simple way to spice up a plain old No. 2 to send the kids back to class in style.

Sequin Accent Tees


Maybe your back-to-school budget didn’t stretch as far as you would have liked in the fashion department. Give an old t-shirt a second life by adding sequin trim using this Kollabora tutorial.

Elizabeth Isenhour

Elizabeth Isenhour

How are you preparing for back-to-school?

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