Kids’ Backpack – Make Them Your own for Back to School

Aug 17, 2016 By Kim Byers
Kids’ Backpack – Make Them Your own for Back to School

I have a beautiful little niece headed back to school and I couldn’t resist making her a cute backpack! Let me tell you how you can make this backpack, or design your own using thousands of graphics and patterns in just a few clicks, all with supplies from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Hi! I’m Kim Byers of The Celebration Shoppe. Let’s get crafty and make kids backpacks perfect for the first (or 100th) day of school!

kids backpack

You’ll need a few things from Jo-Ann:
• Backpack (in t-shirt section of store)*
Cricut Printable Fabric
Cricut Design Space
Cricut Explore Air
Cricut Explore Standard Mat (12×12)
Cricut Weeding Tool
Cross-Stitch Thread

*There are several different options. In addition to this style, there is a traditional tote, as well as a messenger bag. LOVED the messenger bags for my boys!

Easy How To Steps For Making A Personalized Backpack:
1. Measure & Design – measure your bag and design your bag in Cricut Design Space. This owl and the pattern on the nameplate are both part of my newest collection that will available on Cricut at the end of August, but there are literally thousands of graphics to choose from right now.

(TIP: Use shapes and then fill them with patterns to match your graphics. When you do this, you can flatten the art to make one graphic for print then cut. The options are truly endless! If you have questions, Cricut has a library of “how to” videos.)

2. Cut & Weed – load Cricut Printable Fabric into your printer, print, then insert into your machine, cut, and weed out excess design.

3. Apply – the printable fabric has a denim appearance and it’s backed with an adhesive that holds your design in place. Measure again and center.

4. Stitch – I used cross-stitch thread (divided in half) and a needle, but you could also use a machine. I love how it turned out!

kids backpack

Did you see how I created the perfect homework station and DIY chalkboard calendar in my last post? It’s super easy and functional. Make sure you also check out how to organize your kiddos closet for back to school including free printables, plus a fun free printable for gift cards that will make the teacher smile and maybe win you a few brownie points before the year begins! {wink}

Make sure you hop over to JOANN for all your Cricut supplies, backpacks and homework station ideas!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate with Jo-Ann!

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