Getting personalised backpacks for kids in Australia can be a difficult task if you don't know what to look for and where to look for it. There are a number of benefits for personalised backpacks ranging from making your child more visible in a crowd to giving them something that they can be proud to wear to school. They can also be great Christmas or birthday gift ideas for the children of friends and relatives. In this article we take a look at the different considerations in getting kids custom design bags so you can get exactly what you want and at the price you want it.

What to Look For

You have a large variety of options and what you should be looking for comes down to your needs. If you mainly need a way of identifying your child's bag if it gets lost then often a simple label or name panel is all you need. If you need a way to easily spot them in a crowd then you will probably want to go for a bright design that you can be sure no one else has. The best way to achieve that is by ordering custom designs online. However, if you want both of the above things and a way for your child's personality to shine through then you probably want a fully customised bag, possibly even one crafted with their help at home. All of these options will be explained in more detail later in this article.

Where to Buy Custom Bags and Accessories

You have a number of options when it comes to ordering personalised backpacks and bags but perhaps the most well-known option in Australia is Identity Direct. Identity Direct (ID) has been operating since 1992 and have a large range of bags and accessories that can be customised with a child's name or with some other design. ID uses a flat pricing system for their products as well, which can end up being cheaper than designers that charge by the letter (especially if the name is long). They also have a decent selection of licensed designs such as Spider-Man, Dora and other children's cartoon characters. These are a great way for the wearer to show off their personality and favourite TV shows to their school friends.

If you can't find what you are looking for at ID then TinyMe is another great option. TinyMe also has a decent range of customised accessories and bags even including pencils, pencil cases, lunch boxes and drink bottles. However, instead of using licensed characters TinyMe uses their own cute designs on pastel blue and pink materials. However, TinyMe isn't quite as cheap as ID, except for when they have featured items on sale.

A third option to increase your range of choice is YayMe!, an online only retailer of customisable products. Their product choices include swim bags with towels, sports bags, hats, backpacks, pencil cases and lunch packs. Their defining style is simple designs with easy to read names in pink, green and blue. YayMe! also sells a range of children's toys and gift ideas so it can be a great place to shop for combined gifts.

Making Your Own Personalised Childrens Backpacks

Making your own custom bags and accessories is another great option. This can even be more fun and special in the end as it can be done as an activity with your kids, allowing them to show off their own art skills and personality. There are a few ways you can go about doing this but the easiest is to buy simple, plain coloured designs. You can then use iron on transfers to apply your own designs. You can have the kids pick out their favourite designs or they can even draw their own. If you want to do it yourself and enjoy sewing and embroidery then you can buy a pattern for a design or even free-hand stitch the kid's name and preferred design straight onto the bag design. You can find a lot of great design ideas and inspirations for projects like this on craft sites like Etsy.

Sew Your Own Bags from Scratch

If you have a bit more time and motivation then nothing beats the customisation of creating your own custom school bag by hand. You can even use any excess materials from the project to create accessories like book covers, hair bands and bus pass holders. The best way to start is to go to a sewing supplies store like Spotlight and to pick out a large square of material with a pleasant design or print. Then it is recommended that you buy some soft wire and plastic strips to use as support for the shape of the bag. You can create a soft bag but as well but if the children need to carry heavy books then they will need to have well supported bags. Appropriate velcro strips, zips and buckles should also be purchased as needed.

Cheaper Options

All of the above options, even crafting yourself, can end up being quite expensive but there is a cheaper option if you don't mind the 'no frills' approach. Simple name labels can be purchased online through sites like eBay and StuckOnYou. These sellers typically carry most common names but if your child has a less common name then you can also order that name (though delivery will take longer in this case). You can also find label printers or label makers at most major retail stores including Big W, Target and Spotlight. If all else fails then the cheapest option can always just be a simple fabric marker pen. Make sure to choose one that doesn't wash off in water to prevent it from running in the rain or if a drink bottle leaks.

Getting the Right Design For You

If you are still a little unsure then the easiest way to proceed is to start with the retail option. If you can find something that you like straight away then your job is made easy. If you find something similar to what you want then you have a good idea of what to look for online. You can even just buy the option that is close to you want with a mind to customise it yourself later. If you cannot find anything appropriate through retail stores then checking each of the three options online can yield some additional ideas. If you are still stuck for ideas then you can also look at what other people have purchased or made for their kids on crafting and parenting websites and forums. There are a ton of great ideas for personalised backpacks for kids in Australia, you only have to find one you like and make it your own with a small touch of personality.