With fall being here that means lots of people are going back to school. How do you send off your college-bound kit with a gift that is practical yet affordable? Or maybe you want something to welcome the teacher to the new school year, a gift for your kids to bring to school in the first day back? Ever needed a gift bag in a hurry but those paper bags with the cheesy sayings and shoelace handles from the 99 Cent Store just don't measure up? Here's a quick tutorial for a DIY fabric gift bag that you can wrap any gift in or to hold makeup or goodies in your purse or car.

My niece graduated from high school and is heading off to college but she is all the way on the other side of the country. I decided to pack her a survival pack for her summer road trips that she can reuse for the first week of school. This also makes a great roommate gift – I made one for my roommate at SNAP as well!

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Easy DIY Fabric Gift Bag

Ever needed a gift bag in a hurry but those paper bags with the cheesy sayings and shoelace handles from the 99 Cent Store just don't measure up? Here's a quick tutorial for aDIY fabric bag that you can wrap any gift in or to hold makeup or goodies in your purse or car. (hey, there are affiliate links all up in this blog post. You click the links, you buy something, they throw me a few pennies, all is right with the world. Just sayin'…)

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Fill this bag with gifts or with goodies for a “survival kit”. Here are some ideas of what to include for a new grad or new roommate:

  • Click N Carry – this ingenius tool is great for carrying up to 50lbs of grocery bags in one hand or over the shoulder. Perfect for apartment or dorm living!
  • Gum or breath mints – help your friends have fresh breath.
  • Wet Ones or baby wipes – gotta have clean hands all the time.
  • Lotion – hands get dry, especially when traveling.  
  • Pack of Tissues – again, great for traveling.
  • First Aid Kit – they have these little First Aid kits for about $2 at Target – I love them because they fit in your pocket or purse but have bandaids and antiseptic.
  • Small Bottle of Ibuprofen – headaches or aches in general from traveling – be there for your friend with a little pain reliever.
  • Snacks – granola bars, trail mix, beef jerky, and nuts all travel pretty well and have a long shelf life.
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Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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