14 Back to School Sewing Projects for 2022
Happy August 1st! We are just days away from sending the kids back to school. Let’s pause here and have a moment of celebration! To help get ready for the new school year, Little Fabric Shop has created a blog filled with back-to-school sewing projects. This is our second back-to-school blog. You can check-out last year’s blog post for even more ideas.
Having a tote bag to carry papers is a necessary part of gearing up to go back to school. We designed a tote bag pattern that is the perfect size to fit a notebook. It also works great for sheet music. This Notebook Tote tutorial is beginner friendly. Basic patchwork skills are needed, but the pattern will walk you through step-by-step on how to do this sewing technique. The Sugar fabric collection by Ruby Star Society will create a bright and cheerful bag.
Rainbow Zipper Bag
Zipper bags are key to staying organized at school. This Rainbow Zipper Bag tutorial is both cute and functional. Organize your school supplies in this medium sized bag. This tutorial is for an advanced intermediate sewist. Knowledge of foundation paper piecing, curve sewing and sewing in a zipper is needed for this project. We used Century Solid fabrics from Andover Fabrics to create this fun bag.
A lanyard is so useful at school these days. Having your student wear their I.D., meal card, or even house key around their neck helps them stay organized and (hopefully) prevents them from losing these things. Okay, maybe “prevent” is too ambitious a goal. Let’s go with losing these items “less often.” Better? Anyway, who says you can’t be both cute and functional at the same time? Check-out Ameroonie Design’s Fabric Lanyard tutorial for a quick and easy sewing tutorial. She used fabric from the Riley Blake Petals and Pots fabric collection and we have two fabric prints left – and they are also on sale!
Here is another useful bag tutorial. A drawstring bag is perfect for after school activities! Stay organized at soccer practice, piano lessons, or even a part-time job with this practical bag. The Skip to my Lou blog has created a beginner friendly – and even kid friendly – Drawstring Backpack sewing project. With just two fat quarter fabrics, cording and grommets, you’ll have this project finished in no time!
Button Lunch Bag
Packing a lunch is not high on my list of a fun morning activity, however, sewing a cute lunch bag is something I can get into! If you knit, then you know – and love – Purl Soho. They have a great Button Lunch Bag tutorial on their blog. This pattern uses denim fabric. Canvas fabric works great also. These types of fabric are a nice weight and will provide a little extra heavy-duty support to carry all your mealtime gear.
Reusable Sandwich Bags
While sewing up a new lunch bag, try making a few reusable sandwich bags at the same time. This Sew Can Do sewing tutorial requires just a few materials. Looking for a food-themed bag? Check-out the Under the Apple Tree fabric collection.
Water Bottle Sling
Here’s another useful lunchtime -or- anytime pattern. The Water Bottle Sling pattern makes staying hydrated so much easier while you’re on the go. This tutorial is from the Julep blog and is beginner friendly. We think the Canyon Springs fabric collection would pair nicely with this project.
Pencil & Notebook Case
The Pencil & Notebook Case tutorial is perfect for the artist in your family. Deena Rutter designed a wonderful colored pencil and paper holder that will keep art supplies organized and transportable. This is a great project to do with a child. Very beginner friendly and fun to make!
Cube Zipper Case
I have a bit of an obsession with office supplies. OfficeMax and Staples are among my favorite stores. I was thrilled when I came across this Cube Zipper Case tutorial! How cute is it? I love how you can easily store and carry Post-It Notes with you! Life Sew Savory’s pattern is brilliant! I think fabric from the Stardust collection by Cloud 9 Fabrics would be adorable for this project.
Hand Sanitizer Holder
There are so many germs at school. Help keep your child’s hand sanitizer close by with a hand sanitizer holder. The claw clip can attach to a belt loop or bag easily. This tutorial was created by the Crafty For Home blog. This pattern is beginner friendly and a quick make.
Three-Ring Binder Pencil Case
Another office supply sewing tutorial! This Three-Ring Binder Pencil Case fits nicely into a binder. The Cottage Mama blog has created a tutorial that is so quick and easy, that you can make a pencil case for every one of your student’s binders. No more going to class and forgetting a pencil. Store pens, scissors, highlighters, and other office supplies in this useful bag.
Here’s another pouch to keep your child organized as they head back to school. The Little Monster Earbud Pouch is a free sewing pattern from Orange Bettie. This tutorial includes a PDF download cutting template to make the adorable monster.
Backpack Coin Pouch
This Backpack Coin Pouch is useful beyond back-to-school organization. I think I might make this one for the car to keep all that loose change that ends up my cup holders. The Sew Simple Home blog has created a fun pattern that will help everyone stay little more sorted this school year.
We saved our favorite bag tutorial for last. Sotak Handmade creates beautiful bag and tote patterns. Her patterns are very easy to follow as she provides photographs and clear directions for each step. If you have ever wanted to try making a bag – this is a great pattern maker to work with! Keeping your school scissors safe and protected will be so much easier with this fun Scissor Bag sewing tutorial!