Summer vacation is coming to a close and your children will have to start another year at school. The occasion will feel monumental to them because a lot will have changed in a matter of months — they will inevitably have new teachers, classmates and lessons when they return. Help your kids feel like they can take on the challenge of their first day by crafting these organizational school supplies.
- Lunch Bags:
Brown paper bags can make for easy lunch bags, but they are not known for being durable. You can make a DIY lunch bag that can withstand being quickly shoved into a backpack and tossed around until the bell rings at noon — as long as you pick a sturdy fabric like canvas or vinyl, it should be able to handle the most carefree child. Use a sewing machine to thread the bag together and then add Velcro strips or adhesive magnets to the top flap to keep it sealed.
- Pencil Holder:
To keep their pencils and pens organized in one spot, you should make them a bright case or holder to bring to every class. You can find a fun pattern for a geometric plastic canvas pencil case on Yarnspirations, the one-stop-shop for knitting and crocheting needs. Simply collect the materials that they suggest and follow the instructional patterns until your final product looks identical to the pictures. They also have a variety of yarn brands, colors, fibers and weights that you can purchase and have shipped to your home. Look through their huge selection of Patons yarn for the specific colors that you need to finish this pencil case project like flagstone, lemongrass and coral — you can choose other hues of Patons Classic Wool yarn if your child wants a different outcome. They will also need an organizer for their desk at home to encourage them to work on their assignments, so make them a creative pencil holder by taking an old jar or tin and wrapping it with any leftover yarn until every single inch is covered.
- DIY Backpack:
There is no way that they can go to school without a backpack to carry their supplies, homework and gym clothes. It’s possible to make them a stylish backpack using your crochet, knitting or sewing skills. If you are still interested in using the website Yarnspirations for your creative projects, you can look up their Lily Sugar N Cream crochet patterns and follow the instructions for the adorable Busy Bee Backpack. If you aren’t comfortable with such a large project, you can decorate a backpack that you bought from the store using iron-on patches, fluffy pompoms, paint or glitter, so that your kid can carry their books in a one-of-a-kind creation.
The first day of school is a fresh start for your kid, where they can make new friends and get excited about learning after a long summer of play. Use your creative skills to give them the supplies and materials that they need to put their best foot forward as a student.