For some of us, school will be starting in just a few short weeks. Besides a new wardrobe, there are lots of other ‘essentials’ needed for the big day – backpacks, lunch bags, and even covers for new books. Learn how to whip up your own back to school gear with BurdaStyle’s Messenger or Diana patterns, and lunch bags (link provided in credits). Need a few more ideas? Check out these free pattern links provided by About.com.