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!  


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.

Backpacks for Back to School

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!

Back to School Sewing Projects, Patterns, and Crafts

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2-Ring Pencil Pouch

With this free tutorial, sew up a pencil pouch that fits a 3-ring binder. Sew Can She

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 - How to Sew a Backpack

Instructions for sewing a backpack. The Spruce Crafts

Backpack Tutorial

Learn how to sew a backpack Hart and Sew

Bento Lunch Bag

Insulated box-shaped lunch bag. Rebecca Mae Designs

Binder Cover

Dress up a plain binder with an easy padded cover by using this free tutorial and pattern! Sew She Can

Binder Zipper Pouch

Binders are the best way to keep organized for kids and family. A binder zipper pouch is an ideal accessory to a binder that's used for storing pencils, pens, notepads, tissues, etc. Learn how to make one. The Ribbon Retreat

Book Cover with Zipper Pocket

Learn how to sew an easy journal or book cover that even has a zippered pocket for stowing pens! The Spruce Crafts

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fabric 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.

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 with photos shows how to sew a cover for a journal. If your journal is a different size, the method of construction is the same, but you will need to alter the measurements to fit. Bloom

Kids Messenger Bag

Create a one-of-a-kind messenger bag complete with extra pockets for school supplies in the kid's favorite fabric with the free tutorial. We All Sew

Laptop - Envelope Laptop Case

Laptop - Envelope Laptop Case #ad

A laptop case is a great accessory for any techie. Affiliate Link to 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

Large Messenger Bag Pattern

A messenger bag is one of the most useful and popular bags for adults and kids. They can be used for so many purposes. Here is a free pattern for sewing a large messenger bag. Apple Green Cottage

Laundry Bag

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

Locker Organizer

Students will have no trouble keeping their locker and school supplies organized with a personalized locker organizer. Get the free tutorial here. We All Sew

Lunch Bag

An insulated and laminated lunch bag pattern. Sew 4 Home

Lunch Bag

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

Lunch Bag Tutorial

Insulated lunch bag pattern and tutorial. Krafting with K

Lunch Bag Tutorial

This free simple lunch bag pattern is just the answer for packing kids' lunches for school. Patchwork Posse

Lunch Money Cuff

Does your kid need someplace to carry lunch money or keys? Make them a lunch money zipper cuff with this free tutorial. Lemon Squeezy Home

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.

Messenger Bag

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

Messenger Bag

Messenger Bag

How to sew a messenger bag.

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

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

Messenger Bag

This messenger bag pattern is great for on the go or kids can use for school to carry all their school supplies. Crazy Little Projects

Messenger Bag - Classic Messenger Bag

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

Mouse Pad

Mouse Pad

With this easy DIY mouse pad in your favorite fabric decorate your office. It would also make a great back-to-school project. Heather Handmade

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.

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.

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).

Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bag

Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bag

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.

Reversible Journal Cover

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

School Bag

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

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.

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.

T-Shirt PIllow

T-Shirt PIllow

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

Vinyl Pencil Case

Create a handy pencil case. Instructables

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