Summer Camp: DIY Book Bag

diy book bag

Hi Design Dazzle readers! I’m Holly from Paisley Petal Events and I’m excited to be back again as a Summer Camp counselor this year! The last couple of months my kids have taken more trips to the library and I know we’re going to be going even more often now that it’s summer. So today I’m sharing a DIY book bag that you and your kids can easily make to help carry their books to and from the library in!

book bag supplies1

My daughter who is almost 6 was the most excited about this project and I found she really could help with quite a few of the steps and had a great time doing it! I let her choose the paint colors and she chose pink for the letters of her name and turquoise for the polka dots. Here are the supplies you will need for this project:

  • Canvas bag
  • Freezer paper
  • Fabric paint
  • Brush
  • Round sponge brush
  • Fabric markers & any other embellishments (if you wish)

book bag with stencil

I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the letters of Madi’s name from the freezer paper. I’ve also read that you can print onto the freezer paper and cut out the letters using an xacto knife if you don’t have a Silhouette or Cricut cutting machine. Then you iron the freezer paper onto the bag, shiny side down.

book bag colroing stencil

Take your small brush and use the fabric paint to cover the cut out letters of your stencil. I applied 2 coats of paint and Madi was easily able to help with this step.

book bag name

Carefully remove the stencil from your bag and let dry.

book bag adding polka dots

Now it’s time to add your polka dots. Use a round sponge brush to apply the dots. I placed the sponge in the correct place and Madi pressed the paint onto the bag.

book bag name and dots

Continue adding your polka dots until the front of your bag is covered and let dry completely.

book bag name closeup

Once the front was dry, I let Madi decorate the back of the bag however she wanted. I found the rhinestone letters on clearance and then she used fabric markers to draw pictures and write on the bag along with a small round sponge brush to add some dots.

book bag decorating back

book bag back

She’s so excited to go to the library and use her new bag! (Although the little stinker wouldn’t let me take a picture of her carrying her new bag!)

book bag back closeup

I hope you’re all having a fabulous summer so far and enjoying this fun Summer Camp series! I know I’m getting lots of great ideas to keep those kids entertained, yay!!

I’d love for you to come visit me over at my blog, Paisley Petal Events, where I share fun ideas and unique inspiration for every occasion. I enjoy throwing parties and hopefully you can find some fun ideas for your next event while visiting my blog. I’m also totally addicted to Instagram and I’d love to connect with you on Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook – whichever one is your favorite!


Click on the banner above to see our Summer Camp series (lots of great ideas for kids). Also after all those trips to the library, check out our reading reward chart free printable – perfect for keeping track of all the books read.

Posted on June 24, 2013
Categories: crafting with kids, crafts, diy tutorials & creative ideas, holiday awesomeness, summer camp, summer camp

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