17 Homemade First Day of School Supplies


First day of school supplies that you can make at home!  Some of the tutorials include backpacks, zipper pulls, pencil pouches, bookmarks, locker accessories and a nap mat.

First Day of School Supplies

The Tip Junkie Creative Community has 414 school crafts with pictured tutorials with free patterns for the first day of school!  So be sure to search there if you’re looking for something specific. {wink}

First Day of School

First Day of School

1.  Hound Dog Backpack ~ A patch on his eye, floppy ears and houndstooth fabric.  Seriously.  Adorable!  Can you envision how cute this hound dog would look on your child?!  It’s a definite must for your back to school list.

Backpack 2.  T-shirt Backpack ~ Learn how to turn an old or new t-shirt into an adorable backpack.  Half of the neckline was cut off and ribbon was added to make straps and cinch closure.  It’s perfect for preschoolers or kindergarteners that don’t carry a lot of books.  It would also be fun to use for sleepovers or play dates.

How to Make a Backpack

3.  Bustle Backpack Tutorial {Pictured Instructions} ~ This adorable backpack  will be loved by girls of all ages.  A backpack for school, a diaper bag for a new Mom, or a summer purse, this tutorial will show you how to make one of your own.

First Day of School

4.  Rosette Zipper Pull – We have seen rosettes on hair clips, shirts and headbands.  Now, you can carry a keychain with these lovelies.  A great opportunity to use some of your scrap fabric and ribbon.  I bet your girls would love to add one of these as a zipper pull to their backpack. {wink}

Tissue Pouch

5.  Monster Tissue PouchKids can enlist the help of their very own Boogie Monster with this easy to make tissue pouch!  This adorable pouch is a great reminder for them to remember to use their tissues when they have a runny nose.

Hand Sanitizer Holder {tutorial}

6.  Hand Sanitizer Holder {tutorial} ~ These Hand Sanitizer Holders would be perfect to attach to your children’s backpacks.  The cap is always exposed which means they can quickly use it when they need to.

Backpack Name Tag
7.  Printable Backpack Name Tag ~ Just in time for school, add your child’s name, laminate and attach this cute tag to that shiny new backpack.  They would also be cute pasted into the cover of new notebooks.

Locker Accessories

8.  DIY Locker Accessories ~ Your child will have the most stylish and hip locker with these fantastic accessories!  This post shows you how you can decorate your locker inexpensively with items from Wal-Mart and the Dollar stores. Some of the items include a washi tape pen & pencil holder, eraser magnets and foam core board.  And, a first day of school survival kit!

Nap Mat

9.  DIY Nap Mat ~ A great tutorial for making your own nap mat.  This is not only cute and fun to use, but it rolls up into a backpack to make it easy for the little ones to take with them to preschool, grandma’s house or anywhere else they might need to “crash” for a while.


10.  Felt & Ribbon Bookmark ~ This felt and ribbon bookmark is absolutely adorable!  It’s also easy to make with only minimal supplies needed.  You could make one to coordinate/pair with a book and give it as a gift, party favors, for a summer reading program/book club or for the first day of school!

Art Supply Pouch

11.  Pencil Pouch {Free Pattern} ~ These colorful pouches make a great way to organize art supplies and pencils.  Your favorite teacher would enjoy this colorful organizational tool too.  And as a mom, this is a stylish way to carry crayons in your purse to keep the little ones busy.

Mini Fabric Bag

12.  Snappy Mini Fabric Bag {Tutorial} ~ This little mini pouch is perfect for holding the basics like a school ID, chapstick, pony holders and feminine hygiene products.  The secret for getting it to “snap” closed?  Strips of a metal tape measure sewn inside – genius!  Fun for party favors too.

Fabric Covered Notebook

13.  Notebook Cover Tutorial ~ This is a great pictured tutorial on how to cover a plain notebook, perfect for a teacher or student. Depending upon the material you use, it can be very feminine for masculine.

Homework Planner

14.  Back to School Kit {printable} ~ Cute back to school printables including a bookmark, bookplates and a homework chart.  Keep this on the fridge or at the kiddo’s desk to help them stay organized.

First Day of School Traditions

Back to School Ideas

15.  First Day of School Celebration {Printables} ~ The end of summer can be a bitter-sweet occasion, make the first day back to school a celebration.  With these super cute printables you’ll be able to start the year off with a positive attitude!

Butterfly Breakfast
16.  19 First Day of School Activities and Traditions ~ Creating lasting memories for my children is very important to me as a mother.  Finding ways to start enduring traditions in my home is a priority.  I hope it inspires you to start a new tradition this month with your family.

Back to School Survival Kit
17.  12 First Day of School Activities ~ It’s back to school time! I love surprising my boys with new traditions and making memories which {{hopefully}} they’ll look back on and feel my love for them.  I’ve found a few new first day of school activities and traditions and a couple twists on the tried and true ones.

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If you love these activities for kids– then you’ll find HUNDREDS more just as creative over on the Tip Junkie Kids site!

Thanks Ladies. I just adore these tutorials! Feel free to grab my “I was featured on Tip Junkie” blog button. You earned it! {knuckle bumps}

Also, don’t forget to check out the Tip Junkie Facebook page for even more crafts, activities for kids, creative ideas, and free tutorials. It’s a great place to ask questions on how to make things or for specific tutorials that you are looking for. I’ll be happy to find them for ya!

Tip Junkie ~ Laurie Turk

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  1. Hey Laurie-

    Thank you so much for featuring my locker accessories in your back to school round up’s! I feel honored to be included with all of these fantastic ladies!

    Thanks again

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