Crafty Solutions for Back to School Savings

It’s always difficult to say goodbye to summers in Vermont; with the end of August approaching, one can’t deny that the days are getting shorter and a new school year will soon begin. If you’re a parent, you may have even started the ever-expanding list of school supplies. If you’re also a crafty person, you’re probably thinking of items that you can make to lighten the financial burden of going back to school. We’ve compiled a list of back-to-school craft projects in hopes of sparking your creativity.

Felt is a great material to work with: it’s readily available and fairly inexpensive at most fabric stores or you can make your own at home. The material is also durable and it hides sewing mistakes fairly easily. Covering school items with felt can help extend their lifespan. Here are two projects that use felt to protect your kids’ gear (click on the image to go to the instructions):

Felt Pencil Case

Felt Book Cover

If your child has a locker and you’re looking for a slightly larger project to tackle, these felt locker caddies can help organize their school supplies.

Felt Locker Caddy

Reusing materials that are already around your house is another easy way to save money on school supplies. If your kids are fond of drinking juice pouches, this idea for creating lunch bags out of used pouches may be a good one for you to try.

Juice Pouch Lunch Bag

Every kid has a favorite t-shirt that he or she wants to wear long past the time when it actually fits. One way to extend the life of an old shirt is to turn it into a tote bag. This craft is so simple you may end up with a few extra bags for yourself.

T-Shirt Tote

If you want advice about how to save money when you’re shopping for new supplies, here’s a helpful article with 10 concise tips on staying within a back-to-school budget.

Happy crafting!