Kids can make this simple overnight bag craft project all on their own! This simple overnight bag is perfect for overnight visits to their friends, weekend, trips to the grand parents, and weekend trips with mom and dad.
This overnight bag craft project should cost you less than $6 per child, maybe less if you already have left over craft materials.
To get started making your own Overnight bags you will need:
1 Pillowcase per child
Ribbons (for handles)
Velcro (self adhesive kind)) optional
Metal Snaps or zipper (optional)
Fabric paint this will keep any decorations like paints and markers form leaking through to the other side.
4 Buttons per bag
Heavy Duty Thread
Puff fabric paint
Googly eyes, pipe cleaner, buttons and other miscellaneous craft materials for embellishing
The first thing you need to do when making your own Overnight bag is to go ahead and attach the handles to the pillowcase.
You might want to do this before hand so that impatient kids can go ahead and start decorating their Overnight bags. To attach the handles I like to cut two pieces of ribbon, wide ribbon works best, about 10 inches long.
Attach them to the bag with a needle and thread. Kids can easily do this themselves. Buy larger metal needs, with large eyes. This will help ids thread the needle.
You could also use two grommets on each side of the bag. Now, tie ribbon or rope through the holes as handles. You can buy grommet kits at any craft or fabric store.
Anyway, It looks really cute if you place you handles in about 4 inches from each edge and sew them on with a button. I place the ribbon on the bag, a button on top of the end of the ribbon and then start sewing through the holes. If you don’t have any buttons you could still just sew your ribbon on to the Overnight bag.
Tip: If your kids are going to use fabric paints on their Overnight bags, wash the pillowcase before they start to paint. This will ensure if you wash their craft project in the future that the paint withstands the test of time.
Now that the handles are finished insert your piece of scrap cardboard into the Overnight bag. It also provides a smooth solid surface for the kids to decorate on. This insert will work best of you use a tape measure to measure your pillowcase and then cut out the cardboard or poster board to size.
Now the fun can start. Use any inspirations you can while making your Overnight bag.
You can use solid colored pillowcases in a variety of colors.
Let your kids use their imagination during this part of the Overnight craft project. This is also a great time to use up any craft materials you have laying around the house.
You could also create a themed Overnight bag by using stamps dipped in fabric paint to stamp a pattern of any kind all over the Overnight bag.
For a little interactive fun kids could paint a hang man board on the Overnight bag and use cut outs of card board to play some games before they fill their bags up with clothes, shoes, and other overnight necessities.
This Overnight bag craft project is a blank canvas for kids and the perfect time for them to express their creativity. Best of all they can use this Overnight bag year after year.