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Back to School Sewing Projects, Patterns, and Crafts

Back to School Sewing Projects, Patterns, and Crafts

Back To School Sewing Projects!

It seems that as summer winds down, we start to think of all things back-to-school!  We have found some awesome back to school sewing projects that you can make for your school-aged children and even for your college students heading off for new adventures.

Some of the school sewing crafts and projects we have are at a beginner level, so you might want to consider those as sewing projects for kids and get those kids involved!

If you'd like, check out our Back-to-School Crafts for Kids page.  We have great ideas for kids' crafts that they will enjoy making as they prepare to hit the books!  

Memories...

I remember the summer before I started kindergarten, my grandma and my mom worked in my mom’s sewing room for the better part of the day making me the most amazing art smock.  It was blue gingham check with a large painter’s pallet on the front, complete with a brush and various colored “paint splotches” on the pallet.

Now we send them in an old adult’s shirt, and come to think of it, some of the kids in kindergarten did have those.  But my mom and grandma loved to sew, and it made me feel so special to have such a fancy smock made with love. 

You’ve found this page because you love sewing just like my mom and grandma did and want to do some back to school sewing or crafts, so we have rounded up a large sampling of free ideas, patterns, and tutorials for you to explore.

Free Back-to-School Sewing Projects

We have several backpack patterns ranging from simple to much more complex.  A couple of them are so beautiful, versatile, and even made with oilcloth, that you may want to make one for yourself!!!  The simple backpacks could be sewn along with your child.

The lunch bag patterns are fantastic!  Once again, they range in difficulty.  We included insulated boxes, bento bags and more simple bags.  We even have tutorials for the popular reusable sandwich and snack bags to tuck inside those school lunch boxes.  Remember, we love to be green!

Pencil case patterns abound here as well.  Round up all of those pens, pencils, and erasers in these great pencil cases. You can find those that snap into a three ring binder and others that your student can carry.  Check out the tutorial for the pencil case made of a ribbon and a zipper.  So very unique and will be the talk of school!

The nom nom monster pencil case would be so cute for the little ones; it’s made to look like the monster’s zippered mouth is eating the pencils and pens!

A great sewing project for kids is making a fabric bookmark to tuck into that favorite library book or heavy history book!  We have several pattern ideas to choose from, and the kids can even make them as back to school teacher gifts.

Looking for a locker organizer?  We have a tutorial for that too!

For those college kids of yours, we have laundry bags, journal and book covers, and items to decorate their dorms such as envelope pillows, T-shirt pillows, and blankets.

They won’t need an art smock, but they would enjoy the backpack and lunch box patterns as well. The tablet and laptop cases and covers, along with our messenger bags, some complete with zippers, are definitely worth a look!!!

A note about the messenger bags; you will want one for yourself, for sure!!!

Time to take a look at all we have gathered up for you and begin your back to school sewing projects!

Happy Back To School!


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Backpack - City Backpack

Free sewing pattern for a backpack with a main compartment with a drawstring top and flap and pockets. Heart of Mary

Backpack - Drawstring Backpack

Instructions for sewing a drawstring backpack. About.com

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. About.com Sewing

Bookmark - Fabric Bookmark (Beginner Sewing Project)

Bookmark - Fabric Bookmark (Beginner Sewing Project)

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.
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Cord Wrap

Cord Wrap

No more tangled wires around the house or while traveling. Grab some scrap fabric and sew up some fabric electric cord or charger cord wraps. Keep your cords organized and tidy. Watch this free beginner sewing project tutorial. Needlepointers.com

Cute Insulated Lunch Bag

Cute Insulated Lunch Bag

Free insulated and lined lunch bag pattern.

Cute-Enough-To-Eat Lunch Bags PDF

Free insulated lunch bag pattern. Joann

Drawstring Bag (Beginner Sewing Project)

Drawstring Bag (Beginner Sewing Project)

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. Needlepointers.com

Envelope Pillow (Beginner Sewing Project)

Envelope Pillow (Beginner Sewing Project)

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

eReader Sleeve (Kindle, Nook, Tablet)

eReader Sleeve (Kindle, Nook, Tablet)

YouTube instructional video on how to make a sleeve cover for your Kindle, Nook or Tablet.

Fleece Blanket - No Sew Fleece Blanket

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

Laptop - Envelope Laptop Case

A laptop case is a great accessory for any techie. Connecting Threads

Laptop Tote

A sewn tote is an easy way to carry your laptop. This tote has a large inside compartment and a large outside pocket for storing your laptop accessories. Craft and Fabric Links

Laundry Bag

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

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 from a Tea Towel

How to Make a Reuseable Lunch Bag from a Tea Towel Fire Flies and Jelly Beans

Lunch Bag Tutorial

Insulated lunch bag pattern and tutorial. Krafting with K

Lunch Sack

Apple printed lunch sack from old jeans. Inner Child Fun

Message Bag

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

Messenger Bag

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

Messenger Bag

A tutorial on how to make a messenger bag in two different sizes. Ideal for school or shopping. OCD - Obsessive Crafting Disorder

Messenger Bag

Messenger Bag

How to sew a messenger bag. Craftbits.com

Messenger Bag

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

Messenger Bag - Classic Messenger Bag

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

Notebook Cover - Composition Notebook Cover

Sew a pretty cover for a composition notebook. Smashed Peas and Carrots

Patchwork Lunch Bag PDF

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

Pencil Case

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. Needlepointers.com

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

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.
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Pencil Pouch - 3-Ring Pencil Pouch

With this free sewing tutorial, sew a pencil pouch with loops to put into a 3-ring binder. Sew Can She

Pocket Handbag

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)

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

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

School Bag

Make a cute woodland friends messenger type school bag with this free tutorial. Make It Do

Snack and Sandwich Bags - Reusable (Video)

Snack and Sandwich Bags - Reusable (Video)

This video will describe and instruction on how to sew reusable snack and sandwich bags from Babyville Boutique PUL fabric. Save money and the environment by making your own reusable bags. Needlepointers.com

Snack Wrapper Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Snack Wrapper Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Larger pouches could be used for pencil cases and smaller ones for snacks. Kids will love picking out their favorite snack items to make into a pouch. Needlepointers.com

Stars and Stripes Locker Pocket

Organize your supplies in your locker with this handy locker pocket. It can be customized by stitching different divisions for the pockets or making it longer. Sewing.org

T-Shirt PIllow

T-Shirt PIllow

A video on how to sew a t-shirt pillow. Needlepointers.com

Vinyl Pencil Case

Create a handy pencil case. Instructables









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