I aimed for 50 economical, eco-green and fabulous ideas for back to school crafts this year. Here are some of the best free craft tutorials for back-to-school crafts, including DIY notice boards, keepsake organizers, dorm room furniture tutorials, and lots of fun crafts for a great school year ahead.
Bookmark this page as there are some great links to wonderful free how-to tutorials with step-by-step photos for back-to-school fabulous-ness.
Free Back To School Crafts : Tutorials & Ideas
Pretty Stationary & Pens
|Back-to-School Crafts 3: Bulletin board idea
|Back-to-School Crafts 4: School Chalk Board Fridge
|Back-to-School Crafts 5: School Momentos & Papers Organizer
Money & Time Savers
|Back-to-School Crafts 6: Recycle giftbags into gorgeous school book covers
||TIP: Stock a School Supply Box
For year-round savings on school supplies: Stock your box with school supplies that are purchased on sale or that were used in previous years.
Student Room Enhancements
|Back-to-School Crafts 7:
Groovy hemp bedroom lamp shades
|Back-to-School Crafts 8:
Cloth ‘Notebook’ Lunchbag
|Back-to-School Crafts 9:
Locker magnet with name label
| Back-to-School Crafts 10:
Hair bands – click here and you’ll find a dozen different designs
(image credit: alteredcloth.com)
| Back-to-School Crafts 11:
Felted Hair Barrattes – easy step-by-step craft tutorial
Mom Craft: Free Make-up Bag Sewing Pattern
|Back-to-School Crafts 12:
Make-up or ‘thingies’ bag.
Free Bag Sewing Pattern, in Brief:
A. Create pattern out of cereal box with narrower top-end = 6 1/2″, and wider bottom-end = 8 1/2″, height = 6″. Cut your fabric using the pattern.
B. Cut no-sew bond using the pattern, and iron it to the lining. Peel away the paper and iron it to the outside fabric.
Optional: If I want to attach a stripe of ribbon or trim, use the no-sew bond to attach this also or sew across the trim with the sewing machine. Add in a short bag strap.
C. Cut a piece of velcro about 2″ long, fold it over a 1/2″ hem and center the velcro strip. Sew 2 lines, one across the top and bottom of the velcro across the width of the bag.
Optional: attach trim along the bottom seam for the velcro.
D. Turn the bag wrong side out and sew up the sides. Sew through the no-sew bond, if your fabric is thin.
E. Make a gusseted bottom: fold a triangle horizontally at the each corner about 1″ down from the edge; sew across this triangle horizontally.
image/pattern credit: craftydaisies.com/2007/04/26/simple-makeup-bag/ : this site is offline
More Back-To-School Projects
If these great back-to-school ideas are not enough for your insatiable craft spirit, check back for more later. I am planning to post some of our own crafty creations later this week.
- We decorated cloths pins to organize both the desk and the walls anticipating a million drawings this year.
- We decorated some plain notebooks.
- We made name tags for school items.
- We covered an ugly Mexican rug with a neutral fabric to match the room decor.
- We made a cover for the new white office chair.
- We made a craft supplies box.
- We created drawing inserts to organize our stuff.
- …. and the list goes on.