Back to school time!

Get the kids ready for heading back to school with these easy sewing ideas.  Time to start pulling together all of those classroom supplies and getting the kids organized and ready for the first day of school. 

With this roundup of over 40 DIY sewing projects, you will find back to school essentials for everyone from pre-school to college dorms.  From backpacks to lunch bags, pencil cases to bookmarks, dorm pillows to throws, we have the perfect sewing project to get the kids ready this year.

In addition to these school projects, we have a Back to School Crafts for Kids page with over 25 easy back to school craft ideas that kids can make themselves.  

Sew your kids a unique backpack or messenger bag to carry school supplies and books.  With all the pencils, paper clips, erasers, crayons, and markers your kids will need handy pencil cases and pouches.  Make lunch a fun time with a personalized lunch sack and cute reusable snack bags.  Custom cover textbooks and notebooks with fun fabric.  Decorate the dorm room with pillows and throws.

Here are some of our favorite free projects to help you and your kids get ready for back to school.

Happy Back To School!

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Backpack - Backpack for Kids

Free backpack pattern and tutorial - kids backpack. Sew Mama Sew

Backpack - City Backpack

Free sewing pattern. Heart of Mary

Backpack - Drawstring Backpack

Instructions for sewing a drawstring backpack.

Backpack Bag

How to make a backpack with oilcloth. U Handbag

Backpack Tutorial

Learn how to sew a backpack Hart and Sew

Bento Lunch Bag

Insulated box-shaped lunch bag. Rebecca Mae Designs

Book Cover - Stretchy Book Cover

Book covers are required on most school books. This book cover requires a stretch stitch and are relatively simple to make. Sewing


Learn how to make quick and easy sewn bookmarks. Pink Chalk Studio


Bookmark - Fabric Bookmark

A fabric bookmark is a wonderful beginner sewing project for kids or adults. Learn how to make an adorable fabric bookmark by watching our video and reading our free pattern instructions. This is a kids can sew project.
Make them for any holiday, keep or give as a gift or use as a stocking stuffer.


Cute Insulated Lunch Bag

Free insulated and lined lunch bag pattern.

Cute-Enough-To-Eat Lunch Bags

Free insulated lunch bag pattern. Joann

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Drawstring Bag

Learn how to sew a super simple drawstring bag. Kids will love to choose fabrics and then create small drawstring pouches to put all their little treasures in. This DIY drawstring bag sews up in less than an hour and is a beginner sewing project for kids or adults.


Envelope Pillow

How to make an envelope pillow cover with a back-flapped closure. This is a super easy beginner sewing project for kids or adults.


Fleece Blanket - No Sew Fleece Blanket

How to make a tied fleece blanket. Kids and adults can easily make soft, cozy blankets with fleece by following these instructions. They make great gifts!

Insulated Lunch Box

A kids insulated lunch box tutorial. Crazy Little Projects

Journal Cover

A tutorial showing how to sew a cover for a journal. Bloom and Blossom

Journal Cover - Reversible Journal Cover

A tutorial on how to sew a reversible journal cover. Kiri Notebook

Laundry Bag

Step-by-step tutorial on how to make a dorm drawstring laundry bag. Sew 4 Home

Lunch Bag

Reusable lunch bag. Fire Flies and Jelly Beans

Lunch Bag

A pattern for a simple oilcloth lunch bag. Skip To My Lou

Lunch Bag

An insulated and laminated lunch bag pattern. Sew 4 Home

Lunch Bag Tutorial

Insulated lunch bag pattern and tutorial. Krafting with K

Lunch Sack

Apple printed lunch sack from old jeans. Inner Child Fun

Lunch Sack - Insulated

How to make an insulated lunch sack.

Message Bag

Make back to school fun with a messenger bag from child's favorite fabric.

Messenger Bag

Just in time for school, a patternless messenger bag tutorial. Fabric Worm

Messenger Bag

A tutorial on a messenger bag with a zip top closure. Heart of Mary

Messenger Bag

How to sew a messenger bag.

Messenger Bag

A tutorial on how to make a messenger bag. Ideal for school. OCD - Obsessive Crafting Disorder

Messenger Bag - Classic Messenger Bag

A free tutorial on how to make a classic messenger bag. Weekend Designer

Notebook Cover - Composition Notebook Cover

Smashed Peas and Carrots

Patchwork Lunch Bag

This lunch bag is insulated and lined with laminate covered fabric. Fun and practical. Pellon Projects

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Pencil Case

This tutorial shows how to sew an easy (no zipper required) pencil case. This project is a great back-to-school projects which youngsters and beginner sewers can sew using scrap fabric.

Pencil Case - Nomnom Pencil Case

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a pencil case. AHC Arts and Crafts

Pencil Case - Zip It Up Pencil Case

A cute, unique pencil case using a zipper and ribbon. Craft Passion


Pencil Case with Zipper

Time to think about back to school! Time when kids are bored and don't know what to do!
Keep them busy for an afternoon by teaching them to make a back-to-school zippered pencil case.
This is a wonderful beginner sewing project for kids.

Pencil Pouch - 3-Ring Pencil Pouch

Sew Can She


Pocket Handbag

How to make a small, cute handbag using an old jeans or shorts pocket. This project only requires simple sewing skills so beginners and kids can sew this project.


Pouch - How to Sew a Lined Zipper Pouch (Bag)

This video will show how to make a simple lined zipper pouch (bag).

School Bag

Learn how to make a school bag. Make It Do

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