Backpacks 4 Kids

The Fabric Frolic 2020 is proudly supporting Backpacks 4 Vic Kids. You can get involved by donating goods or your time to make various bags. Each shop will be a drop-off point from now until the end of the Frolic. Drop your donation in and get a raffle ticket for a shop prize.

Backpacks 4 Kids are a registered Not-For-Profit charitable organisation run by volunteers. Our purpose is to aid children going into Out of Home care such as foster care and kinship care. Often children are placed quickly into foster care without much more than what they are wearing at the time. We strive to provide them with a few essential items to help with the transition.

ME Packs and ME Jnr Packs (our filled backpacks and nappy bags) contain size and gender appropriate contents including essential items such as toiletries, clothing, sleepwear, a torch, blanket and a toy or activity which will belong to the child, and will stay with them should they be relocated again.

Your time

If you have time, there are several items that you could make:

  • Simple drawstring bags help kids to keep their own toiletries together, neat and tidy.
  • Nappy Bags, designed especially for B4VK recipients.
  • Stationery bags which are pre-packed with all the stationery kids need to return to school after being relocated.
  • Babies wraps, bunny rugs and blankets.
  • Christmas sacks

If you would like to make our B4VK Toiletry Bags, Stationery Bags or
Nappy Bags especially designed for our B4VK recipients or our Christmas 4 Kids in Care Christmas Sacks, just click on the links provided and download a pattern.

Donating goods

Backpacks 4 Kids are always in need of donations to help fill our backpacks. Each nappy bag or backpack contains one gender (boy or girl) and a single clothing size. For example, a backpack may be for a child who wears girl’s size 8 clothes.

These are the items we pack in our backpacks below. When a child arrives with a nappy bag or backpack their carer can concentrate on making them feel safe, instead of having to rush to an all night supermarket for supplies. These items can provide security as they fall asleep in  a new home.

Nappy Bags
(Sizes 0000 – 0)

  • 5 disposable nappies
  • Baby wipes
  • Feeding bottle/sippy cup
  • Bib
  • Baby brush/comb
  • Dummy/pacifier
  • Baby wash and moisturiser
  • 3 sets of clothes including onesies
  • Soft toy or teddy
  • Baby wrap/swaddle and blanket
  • Baby formula (sample sizes pre-packaged)
  • Small tissue pack
  • Book to be read
Extra love (when available)
  • Cotton buds and cotton balls
  • Change mat
  • Perfume free baby powder
  • Rattle and/or teether

Toddler Backpacks
(Sizes 1-3)

  • Soap/bath liquid
  • Face washer or body sponge
  • Toothbrush (in individual packaging) and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hairwash (mini size)
  • Blankie
  • Soft toy or teddy
  • 3 pairs of new undies
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 2 sets of clothes
  • 1 set of sleepwear
  • 5 disposable nappies/pull ups
  • Small tissue pack
  • Book to read or be read
Extra love (when available)
  • Pillow case
  • Towel
  • Activity or playtime toy
  • Hat

Childrens Backpacks
(Sizes 4-18/L)

Essential items
  • Soap/body wash/shower gel
  • Face washer or body sponge
  • Toothbrush (in individual packaging) and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Hair wash (hotel size-up to250ml)
  • Hair ties
  • Small tissue pack
  • Book to read
  • Blankie
  • Soft toy
  • 2 sets of clothes
  • 1 set of sleepwear
  • Torch (no button batteries)
  • 3 pairs of new undies (in sealed packaging)
  • 1 pair of socks
  • Stationery pack (age approriate):
    • Crayons, pencils or textas
    • Exercise or binder books
    • Ruler/math-o-mat
    • Pens and lead pencils
    • Eraser
    • Pencil case and/or library bag
    • Pencil sharpener
For sizes 12+
  • Hand towel
  • Sanitary pads
  • Lip balm/make up (new only)
  • Hair styling products
  • Deodorant (roll on only)
Extra love (usually 3 or 4 of these in each ME Pack)
  • Pillow case
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Lunchbox
  • Water bottle
  • Exercise books
  • Nit wash and comb
  • Moisturiser/body lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Activity pack/scrap book
  • Book to read or be read
  • Diary/note pad
  • Colouring book
  • Jewellery
  • Extra toys e.g. cards, puzzles

No aerosol cans, no nail polish, no alcohol based products, no sharp or glass items.