50 Easy Sewing Projects for Heading Back to School

By: Sari Lesk, Editor,

Back to School

50 Easy Sewing Projects
for Heading Back to School

How to Make a Book Bag

How to Make a Pencil Case and Other Covers for School Supplies

DIY Organizers for Back to School

How to Make a Lunch Bag

How to Make Clothes to Dress for Success

Getting ready to head back to school can exhaust a family before classes even begin. Students require a lot of materials and they can come at a hefty price. Your kids need a lunch bag, a slew of writing utensils, folders, notebooks, and a book bag to carry it all. Let's not forget about organizers, cases, and covers for all of these supplies. Prepare your kids to head back to school without putting a dent in your bank account by sewing some of the necessities. Check out the patterns below to learn how to sew all of the items your kids will need for school.

Basic Messenger BagHow to Make a Book Bag

A new school year means a new load of books to lug around. Check out these free bag patterns to send your kids back to school with bags they'll love.

  1. 30 Minute Little Boy's Messenger Bag
  2. Back to School Desk Bag
  3. Basic Messenger Bag
  4. Bow Backpack
  5. Circle Bags
  6. Fat Quarter Backpack with Decorative Flowers
  7. How to Make a Drawstring Backpack
  8. Notebook Paper Tote Bag
  9. Kids Messenger Bag Free Sewing Pattern
  10. I-Heart-School Backpack Pattern - NEW!
  11. First Day of First Grade DIY Backpack
  12. Easiest Knapsack Ever
  13. Don't Shoot the Messenger Bag

6 Free Sewing Projects to Make for Going Back to School



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Giant Pencil caseHow to Make a Pencil
Case and Other Covers
for School Supplies

With all the pens, pencils, and highlighters your kids will need, a pencil case is a must. These sewing tutorials will show you how to make DIY pencil cases, book covers, and more.

  1. Binder Pouch Tutorial
  2. Composition Book Cover
  3. Fabric Book Cover
  4. Fabric Book Cover Tutorial
  5. Giant Pencil Case
  6. Journal Cover Tutorial
  7. Leather Laptop Case
  8. Make Your Own Binder Cover
  9. Nifty Knotted Pencil Case
  10. Patchwork Pencil Case
  11. Pencil and Notebook Folders
  12. Quick Pencil Case
  13. Thin DIY Pencil Case
  14. Teacher's Pet DIY Pencil Case
  15. Reversible DIY Book Cover


Locker OrganizerDIY Organizers for Back to School

Your kids have a lot of supplies to keep track of. Help your kids keep all their books and papers straight with any of these DIY organizers.

  1. Hanging Homework Tray
  2. Locker Organizer
  3. School Locker Door Organizer







Lunch SackHow to Make a Lunch Bag

Rather than waste money on paper bags that your kids will throw out after lunch, learn how to make a lunch bag your child can use over and over again.

  1. 15 Minute Fabric Lunch Wrap
  2. Embroidered Reusable Snack Bag
  3. Insulated Bag Tutorial
  4. Kitchen on the Go
  5. Lunch Sack
  6. Mini Quilt Lunch Sack
  7. Clear As Day Vinyl Lunch Bag
  8. Apple Printed Lunch Sack from Old Jeans
  9. Reusable Fabric Sandwich and Snack Bags


How to Make a Lunch Bag: 14 Reusable Totes, Sacks, and Snack Bags



For more back-to-school sewing projects, check out How to Make a Lunch Bag: 14 Reusable Totes, Sacks, and Snack Bags.






Rumble Tumble CoverallsHow to Make Clothes
to Dress for Success

Send your kids back to school in style by sewing your own clothes. These thrifty sewing projects are sure to please the teacher on the first day of class.

  1. Back to School Pleated Skirt Tutorial
  2. Back to School Skirt for Girls
  3. Rumble Tumble Coveralls
  4. Simple Cardigan
  5. Simple Layered Skirt Tutorial
  6. First Day of School Girls' Dress Pattern
  7. Adorable Argyle DIY Hoodie 
  8. Kangaroo Girls' Skirt Pattern
  9. Little Dude Skinny Jeans
  10. Sweet Shirred Peasant Dress Tutorial 

What are your favorite back to school projects? Let us know below in the comments!

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