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A Is for Apple: Back-to-School Sewing Projects

The temperatures are cooling down, and soon the long, lazy days of summer will be a distant memory as kids head back to school. If you’ve spent the summer at home with a house full of children, you’re probably looking forward to seeing the school bus again!

There’s no better way to celebrate the new school year than with a sewing project or two (and you might save a bit on your back to school shopping list).

Little Girl Wearing Backpack with Sheep on It

Photo via Craftsy member Meias Maria

Home room:

Send your child off to school in style with a new backpack. This Back to School Backpack pattern (pictured above) comes in three different sizes, so it’ll be the perfect fit for every member of the family. Kids will love the opportunity to help pick out the fabrics and personalize the appliqué on the front for a one-of-a-kind bag no one else will have. Tweens and teens will love a hip new messenger bag in their favorite print or pattern.

Colorful Floral Pencil Case

Photo via Craftsy member Funny Rabbit

Study hall:

Make hitting the books a lot more fun with some spiral notebook covers. There’s even a pocket on the front to keep pens or highlighters handy. Or, make a composition notebook cover and personalized with your child’s name.

If you have a serger, you can whip up your own stretchy book covers. This is a great project for using up leftover two-way stretch fabric from a swimwear or dancewear sewing project.

A new pencil case (pictured above) is a must as well, along with a three-ring zip pouch for binders. And a book weight will help with textbooks that won’t stay open on their own.

Fruit-Patterned Bag Hanging on Hook

Photo via Craftsy member Erin Erickson


For every kid’s favorite class, sew a stack of cloth napkins by simply sewing two 16” by 16” squares, right sides together, leaving a 2” gap for turning. Turn, press and topstitch all the way around. Cloth napkins make a great first sewing project!

Once you have the napkin situation taken care of, make lunchtime completely “green” (and a little more interesting) with a reusable sandwich wrap and three sizes of reusable snack bags (there’s also a snack bag that uses Velcro instead of a zipper closure). Or, stitch up a combination sandwich wrapper and place mat. Don’t forget a zippered lunch bag (pictured above) to tuck everything into! You could also make a drawstring lunch bag or an insulated lunch sack.

Top View of Blanket Decorated with Sleeping Owl
Photo via Craftsy member ElleGarrettDesigns

Nap time:

If your little one is still lucky enough to have nap time, a nap mat will help them catch some zzzs. Sweet owl (pictured above), turtle and ladybug patterns are available, but maybe a cuddle monster is more your child’s style.

Chair Cover with Pockets

Photo via Craftsy member SewKnotSimple


Organize books and school supplies with a seat sack chair pocket (pictured above). Be sure to make the seat sack in a fun pattern to spruce up your classroom! If you follow the Montessori curriculum, add a sensorial blindfold and an addition/ place value mat to your project list.

If you're planning on stitching up some back-to-school outfits for the kids, be sure to also check out our tips for sewing for children. And for more back-to-school inspiration, come back to the Craftsy blog for a roundup of our favorite back-to-school Craftsy projects and to learn how you can enter our #BackToSchool Contest!


What’s on your back-to-school sewing project list?

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