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Back to School DIY Free Patterns

It’s almost August!  It’s funny how when that month arrives, the kids become obsessed with the fact that their vacation is almost over!  They have four weeks left for heaven's sake!

Imagine if it was the adults that had a four week vacation ahead.  There would be no complaining in that case!  Lol!

If you still need ideas to keep the kids busy for the rest of the summer, hop on over to our Kids' Corner Department!

And while the kids have many vacation days left, it is definitely time to get started on project ideas for school! 

Quilters will love this page with so many back to school DIYs!  It is great fun in the summer to get ready for back to school by creating something that will get used daily by the kiddos.

There are links to free backpack patterns, free pencil case patterns, and even lunch box patterns!  Try your hand at book covers, messenger bags, and laptop covers as well.

Are backpacks still popular in 2022?

My favorite quilting project idea for back to school is creating a backpack!  As the kids get older, they want something stylish to carry, and parents want something sturdy for them to carry.  

Stylish, quilted backpacks are popular again for both school and everyday use. The 2022 fall trends are full of fun textures, colors, shapes and sizes. 

Sample Backpacks for Back to School 

This page has several quilted backpack patterns that are both fashionable and ready for books and other school items.  And you can control the fun textures, shapes, sizes and colors!

With these backpack tutorials, it’s a win win!

What is the best fabric for a backpack?

There are many popular fabric choices for making backpacks.  Backpacks are usually made of nylon, polyester, polypropylene, canvas, and cotton.

One of the most popular materials in today’s backpacks is nylon. Nylon is strong, is fine in most temperatures, and resists scratches and marring. 

Polyester is also a very popular material used to make backpacks.  It is water-resistant, fast drying, and is both strong and lightweight.

Polypropylene is very strong and resistant to tears, and the fabric is water resistant as well.  However, polypropylene is mostly used in less expensive backpacks.

Canvas is also very popular in backpacks that will get heavy use. It has gained popularity since its decline after much use in making backpacks in the 1950s and 1960s.

In the past, canvas was made of heavy cotton, which made the backpack itself heavy. Now canvas backpacks are made of a variety of fibers making it lighter than in the past.

Canvas is still very durable and long lasting even though backpacks are not often made with the heavy cottons of the past.

Quilting cotton is the material used for the very fashionable, brand-name and high-end luxury backpacks.  The quilted cotton in a variety of beautiful colored fabrics is very popular for both everyday wear and school backpacks.

These popular backpacks are quite costly, but can easily be made at home as a back to school DIY project for a lot less money.

These expensive quilted cotton fashions include other items such as pencil cases, laptop covers, and lunchboxes. There is no sense investing your money in these expensive store bought items though!

This page has many such quilted cotton project ideas for school.  Look for free pencil case patterns, backpack patterns, lunch box patterns, and so much more!

It's prep for back to school time for those who sew!

Back to School DIY Free Patterns

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A Quilted Fabric Book Cover

Sew some fun and easy, adjustable, quilted fabric book cover for textbooks, notebooks and journals. Joe June and Mae

A-Frame Organizer

This handy organizer with cut-out handle and pleated pockets can be used in so many ways - handy room organizer, take along to school organizer or take along sewing kit. Get the free pattern. Sew Can She

Backpack Pattern and Tutorial

Follow the instructions to make a quilted backpack that any child will be proud to wear. Sew What Alicia

Chubby Lunch Tote

The insulated batting used in this free lunch tote tutorial will keep food warm or cold. Learn how to make a lunch tote as a back-to-school project. Sew Can She

Messenger Bag

Whip up a trendy, roomy shoulder bag with this free pattern tutorial to take to work or back to school. All People Quilt

Mini Charm Pack Patchwork Notebook Cover

Cover a plain composition notebook with a fun patchwork cover. If you don't want to buy Mini charm pack, just use scrap fabric. We All Sew

Paper Piece Hexie Notebook

This cute notebook DIY is a simple way to use up spare hexies or a great beginner EPP project! Swoodson Says

Patchwork Laptop Case

You will need to make quite a few hexagons for this free English piecing project. This is a wonderful way to show off and use up scrap fabric. Gathered

Patchwork Notebook Cover

With 15 charm pack squares, this tutorial is on how to make a patchwork notebook cover. Craft Apple

Patchwork Pencil Case

Learn how to make a fun simple patchwork pencil case, with the added touch of some appliqué, machine quilting, and hand quilting, using this step-by-step tutorial. Polka Dot Chair

Patchwork Triangle Pouch

These little triangle pouches are fun to make with the free instructions and are perfect as small coin purses, to hold make-up essentials or sanitizer or lip balm. A Spoonful of Sugar Design

Pencil Case

The triangular pencil case features patchwork sides making it the perfect project for using scrap fabric. Learn how to make it here. A Spoonful of Sugar Design

Quillter Notebook Covers

With this tutorial use up some scrap fabric or leftover blocks to sew up a notebook cover. Bloomin' Workshop

Quilted Backpack

Quilted Backpack #ad

Make your favorite quilt block or use the windmill block pattern used for this bag. Then make the quilted backpack using the written instructions. Affiliate Link to Joann

Quilted Backpack Pattern

Any girly, girl would love this Quilted Backpack with its ribbons, buttons and contrast front cover. Get the free pattern here. Fine Craft Guild

Quilted Fabric Bookmarks

This bookmark sewing tutorial is in two forms —- a video tutorial, as well as written instructions with photos. Pin Cut Sew Studio

Quilted Journal Cover Tutorial

Learn how to cover any size journal, book or notebook with this tutorial. Scrap Fabric Love

Quilted Pencil Case Tutorial

A scrap fabric project! Whip up this pencil case with leftover fabric. The perfect back-to-school pencil case project. Nicola Foreman Quilts

Quilted Tote Bag

This stash-busting project is perfect for beginner sewists (why not get the kids involved in learning to sew) and make this quilted tote to carry school books and supplies. Craftsy

Quilted Zipper Pencil Case

Instead of purchasing a common pencil case from a store, with this tutorial make a personalized one your kid will love. Here is a free tutorial. Craft Passion

Simple Quilted Zipper Bag

This zipper bag can be used for back-to-school supplies or just as a handy bag to store other stuff. Seasoned Homemaker

Sweet Little Quilted Pencil Pouch

This tutorial shows how to make a pencil pouch which is a great back-to-school idea for kids. Fancy Little Things

Toaster Lunchbox

This pretty lunch box tutorial features a toaster shape, some InsulBright batting to insulate the food, wipe off PUL fabric on the inside, a lace zipper and straight line quilting. A fun back-to-school project. Sew Can She

Zipper Change Pouch

A little zipper pouch is a perfect place for kids to keep coins! This coin pouch is sewn with an orphan block. Patchwork Posse





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