DIY Pottery Barn Kids Backpack | making it special


You’ve all heard the acronym, right? Keep It Simple Stupid? Well, this is something I can’t do. I like everything that comes nice & simple to become what my dear husband has labeled “a shawna original.” Yep. I just can’t leave stuff alone. I snip & cinch & add & remove. & of course, caroline’s first backpack was no exception.

I first saw this sweet backpack on a friend of mine’s little girl (Annie–that would be YOU!) and loved it. I loved that it wasn’t overly girly. & I instantly had an idea. I finally swallowed the price tag for the Pottery Barn Kids Backpack (ouch) and got it in the mail. PBK would only embroider a name in green, and that didn’t fit with my plan, so I had her name embroidered locally so I could have it in pink. :) & as soon as we got it back, we went to Hobby Lobby to collect fabric.

I am notorious for buying 1/8 of a yard of a dozen fabrics. & they looooooove me at the cutting counter. 64¢ x 12. I think I get a dirty look every time I go in! But making what I make takes such a teensy amount of fabric and I hate extra. So I deal with the dirty looks. & pay my few dollars and get on with it. I bought a little extra this time, as I have another project (or five) in mind, so that is why you see a little extra in the picture. I just couldnt leave that pink on pink houndstooth! OOf. LOVE!

ready & waiting…

I never do projects alone! She learned that hard way that “glue’s hot” so she is uninterested in any project involving my glue gun, but we’ve got plenty of fun artsy things to do.

If you missed my tutorials on how to make flowers, be sure to check out this post. You can learn how there, or through links there. Super easy. I just realized that I forgot to add buttons to the middle of the big flowers. OOPS! I will be adding those soon!

Here is her non-PBK, non-K.I.S.S. backpack. So cute!

Now if only I could get her to wear it…appears she does not love it as much as I do. She likes it when mommy carries things. We’ll see who wins this battle!

(& yes, that is the back of my new armoire, with one coat of paint on it. It is  spectacular!)


Hi! Hello! I am Shawna, the founder of Styleberry Blog. This creative corner of the internet has become a learning haven for moms and creatives, offering a warm and encouraging nudge to those who wish to be better and do better, but often don't know where to start. From Decorating to DIY to Diapers and Paleo-ish Dishes, I strive to make the complicated simple and empower women to take action beyond their personal comfort zone. I subscribe to the Shine Theory & so strongly believe that we shine when the women around us shine and mutual support—lifting up instead of tearing down--will always be the culture here. Are you in? I hope so! Beyond the computer, I run Styleberry Creative where I work with clients to create low fuss, high function spaces that are pretty and practical in San Antonio, Texas and beyond. I LOVE making a house a home. My own studs out renovation is now complete and I am now back to working with clients. Please don't hesitate to drop me a line if you'd like to work together! I hope you’ll join me on this fun new adventure! Xo.